two for the price of one is exactly what you get when you go to see scotney castle. the old medieval moated castle, built by roger ashburnham sits on an island and dates way back to 1378 and the new castle, more english country house, designed by anthony salvin and built between 1835 and 1843. the two castles are nestled in picturesque gardens in the valley of the river bewl in lamberhurst kent. it is full of rhododendrons, azaleas and kalmia in the spring time and wisteria and roses in the summer.
the sun came out for just a few hours today, a few hours was just enough for us to escape what feels like a fog of winter heating and to get some fresh air through our heads. it was just what we needed. we drove out to kent and meet the in laws at scotney country house and castle for a picnic and a wander through the country house, gardens and of course the castle. i’ll post a little more about our visit in another post.