Gardens & Countryside
The 15 acres of gardens can be enjoyed exclusively by the guests staying at Goodnestone Park house every evening and outside of opening hours; the gardens are closed off to the public on Saturdays so that residents can truly enjoy the privacy of this luxurious haven of tranquillity. Guests can relax with a drink on the terrace at the front of the house of a sunny afternoon or evening, or can even make use of their exclusive access to the famed Walled Garden for an afternoon drink. The house also provides equipment for a number of outdoor games, from croquet to pétanque, which can be played on the lawn.
Explore some of the garden’s delights, such as the box-hedge parterre behind the house, designed and created in 2000 by Charlotte Molesworth to mark the millennium, and appreciate the array of rare plants such as Abelia Triflora, in the walled garden, which flourished under the care of Lady FitzWalter.
There is no shortage of pastoral gems to explore outside of Goodnestone Park’s grounds either. Set in the heart of the Kentish countryside, all you need to do is step outside the front door. The landscape can be explored on foot or by bicycle; Goodnestone Park has 12 bikes that can be lent out to the house’s guests.
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