Overview

The House
Ightham Mote is a picturesque manor house surrounded by a moat that is best described by David Starkey when he said it was one of the most “interesting and beautiful” English country homes.

The true embodiment of what an original manor home would have been at the time, Ightham Mote was built nearly 700 years ago and still maintains the same English charm.

Occupants
Owned by the same family for 300 years before being sold, the home has been at the center of historical events and is listed as a Grade I historical building.

Medieval knights called the Mote home as a transformation process occurred. The home’s original structures remain largely intact, and hidden behind 700 years of renovations are countless structural and design concepts hidden by decorations of the time. The current basis of the house is due to Sir Thomas Cawne.

Courtiers of the infamous Henry VIII would have visited the home. The Victorian Age’s most notable names in high society would have dined and stayed at the manor.

Charles Henry Robinson, the final owner of the manor, left the estate to the National Trust.

The Grounds
The courtyard looks like a picture out of a postcard as the Great Hall and crypt remain. The crypt provided shelter to workers during the bombings of World War II.

Three estate walks offer a glimpse into the beauty of the home. Walking across one of two bridges over the moat into the home is serene as the Kent countryside can be seen all around. Florals are in abundance all around the manor – not just in the gardens.

Wildflowers breathe life into the manor adding splashes of colour while autumn is a sight to see. Ancient blue bell woodlands can be enjoyed best during the Spring season.

Step back in time to discover what life would have been like at Ightham Mote, and enjoy a chance at reliving the past in a true manor home.

See The House

Igtham Mote Great Hall

Explore the interior of house and immerse yourself in the wonder of its fascinating history. Experience what life was like at Igtham Mote.

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More To See

Igtham Mote garden

Discover the many wonderful attractions of the Ightham Mote grounds.

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What To Do

Igtham Mote Estate

There’s lots of exciting things to do for all ages at Ightham mote.

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History of Ightham Mote

What is the story behind this 700 year old house?

The building, the main parts, can be traced back to 1320. This is a significant period because this is when a lot of the original features were built. The manor house’s owner can be traced back as far as 1330 when Isolde Inge owned the home. Inge is responsible for building many of the home’s oldest parts, primarily the main building before the prominent wings were added…

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