village of Penshurst guards the secret of the great house. The High
Street, with its cluster of shop, houses and pub, hardly allows
a glimpse of the high pitched roofs of Penshust Place which stands
manor house that lies at the heart of Penshust Place is the most
complete example in England of 14th century architecture. The house
which was completed in 1341 has been the home of the Sidney family
for 450 years.
great hall has been described as one of the world's grandest rooms
and its 6 metre long 15th century trestle tables it contains are
panorama round Penshurst Place
gardens' origins are as old as the house's and unusually they retain
their Elizabethan framework which was destroyed in so many other
gardens by 18th century "improvers".
house is built of local sandstone and its rich brown streaks are
enhanced by the use of different sized blocks to give a randomly
garden is one of the oldest in private ownership. The earliest records
are dated 1346, and much of the garden remains as it was in the
reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
garden has over a mile of yew hedges, three thousand roses and is
home to a 450-year-old yew in the southwest corner of the Italian
estate has long been the guardian of Sidney's Oak. Reputed to have
been planted at the christening of Sir Philip Sidney in 1554, it
is, in fact, 1000 years old.
legacy is guaranteed by its acorns which have been planted all over
the world, and as a result of cloning, saplings genetically identical
to the tree are to be planted on the estate.
to find the Penshurst Place:
Take the B2176 off the A26 between Tonbridge and Southborough/Tunbridge
Wells. Penshurst Place can be found on the right just as you head
into the centre of Penshurst Village.
Venue: Penshurst Place & Gardens
Penshurst, TN11 8DG
Tel: 01892 870307
Fax: 01892 870866