Pictures of Knole House & Deer Park
About Knole House & Deer Park
This is one of England's most glorious houses. Set as it is in the midst of a magnificent park studded with ancient trees, the whole estate is a feast for everyone's eye's.
The house is justifiably famous for the splendid furniture made by Thomas Sackville, it is also known for its ornate state rooms, with their outstanding plasterwork, fireplaces, panelling and superb life-size statues.
Historically the house has a complex history, it comprises of 365 rooms, built some say to echo the days of the year. Its delightful medieval appearance is owed to the work of Thomas Bouchier, Archbishop of Canterbury, who bought it in 1466 and transformed it into a Bishop's Palace.
At the time of the Reformation, Knole was taken by Henry VIII who made spectacular alterations including the addition of a series state rooms above the old palace. He also added the outer courtyard, and the long east front with its gatehouse. Later Knole passed to Elizabeth I, who gave it to Thomas Sackville, Ist Earl of Dorset. Today, descendents of Thomas Sackville still occupy private apartments in the house.
The Sackville families' consuming passion was the collection of antiquities, thus over the centuries little was done to the house which is reason why it looks very much as though it is still in an early 17th century time-warp.
Amongst its treasures there are important paintings by Van Dyke, Gainsborough and Reynolds, and a rare collection of Royal Stuart furniture. There is an important set of Silver furniture, the original "Knole" sofa from the time of James I, and a state bed with gold tissue hangings. Many of these important acquisitions are still in original condition, especially the chairs which mostly have original upholstery and are in excellent condition.
Knole is colourful, yet sedate, it speaks of lavish extravagance with the eye drawn to every corner, wall and ceiling. It is an overwhelming experience, leaving you breathless at its beauty both inside and out, especially the 1000 acre deer park which was originally created as a hunting ground for the Princes of the Church but later served as a hunting chase for Royalty and then for the Sackville family.
There is a lovely garden with both formal and informal areas, a knot garden, an orangery and summerhouses. Despite the great storm of 1987 which devastated much of the wooded landscape of Knole, there still remains pleasant wooded areas and places where new plantation following the storm is now flourishing.
Visitors can enjoy refreshments in the Brew-House tea room and buy souvenirs from the on-site national trust shop.
Knole is open to public view for most parts of the year.
Please upload your photos of Knole House & Deer Park or see below for towns & villages near Knole House & Deer Park and a list of other nearby attractions to visit.
Planning a visit? We have thousands of Hotels, Bed & Breakfast and Holiday Cottages to choose from at highly competetive rates when booked through the Pictures of England website. Click here for accommodation near Knole House & Deer Park
Add attraction to favourites
Submit a history of Knole House & Deer Park
Recommended towns & villages near Knole House & Deer Park
All towns in KentComplete A to Z of towns in England
|(5.5 miles, 8.9 km, direction SE)|
Fine streets show a rich variety of architecture including typical Wealden tile-hung properties, and handsome Georgian and Victorian buildings dominating the river scene...
Information | Pictures (29) | Hotels | Holiday Cottages
|(6.1 miles, 9.7 km, direction SW)|
Fascinating village, owned by the National Trust which is crammed with beautiful properties from the 16th and 17th-century probably built with iron-industry money...
Information | Pictures (19) | Hotels | Holiday Cottages
|(8.3 miles, 13.4 km, direction NW)|
In common with most of this region the history of Downe reaches down the centuries to the days of the Romans and William the Conqueror...
Information | Pictures (18) | Hotels | Holiday Cottages
|(9.2 miles, 14.9 km, direction W)|
A walk around the village reveals a riot of attractive 17th and 18th century cottages all standing on a rise surrounded by pretty flower-filled gardens...
Information | Pictures (11) | Hotels | Holiday Cottages
|(9.6 miles, 15.4 km, direction S)|
Also known as Royal Tunbridge Wells and only a short distance from London, this popular spa town gained a reputation as the place to see and be seen during Georgian Times frequented by royalty and fashionable members of aristocracy. It also happens to be surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in England. ..
Information | Pictures (54) | Hotels | Holiday Cottages
Recommended attractions near Knole House & Deer Park
All attractions in KentComplete A to Z of attractions in England
|(2.0 miles, 3.2 km, direction NW)|
Information | Pictures (2) | Hotels
|(2.5 miles, 4.1 km, direction E)|
This 14th century moated manor house, set in a hollow and partly surrounded by woods, serves as a powerful reminder of the past. .....
Information | Pictures (61) | Hotels
|(3.9 miles, 6.3 km, direction W)|
This must be the most perfectly positioned of all the gardens in the care of the National Trust. It occupies a majestic hill-top.....
Information | Pictures (5) | Hotels
|(4.7 miles, 7.5 km, direction E)|
Remains of a late 13th-century knight's dwelling...
Information | Hotels
|(5.1 miles, 8.2 km, direction SE)|
A fire in 1088 destroyed the first castle at Tonbridge, and the evocative remains we see today are of a later castle which was.....
Information | Pictures (15) | Hotels
Hotels near Knole House & Deer Park
Hotels near Knole House & Deer Park Cottages near Knole House & Deer Park Bed & Breakfast near Knole House & Deer Park
All Accommodation near Knole House & Deer Park..
The Royal Oak Hotel
Sevenoaks, Kent, England (0.8 miles, 1.3 km)
This 18th-century coaching inn is 500 metres from the town centre and a mile from Sevenoaks Rail Station. It offers free parking and good access to central London and Gatwick Airport....
More info and book online.. Price from £65.00
The Moorings Hotel
Sevenoaks, Kent, England (1.6 miles, 2.5 km, direction NW)
Under friendly new management since October 2009, The Moorings has en suite rooms and a bar. It's a minute's walk from Sevenoaks Rail Station, where trains travel to central London in 35 minutes....
More info and book online.. Price from £44.00
Best Western Donnington Manor Hotel
Sevenoaks, Kent, England (3.4 miles, 5.5 km, direction NW)
In the heart of Kent's countryside, Donnington Manor Hotel provides modern leisure facilities including an indoor pool. Guests also have a charming restaurant and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi...
More info and book online.. Price from £62.00
Premier Inn Tonbridge North
Tonbridge, Kent, England (4.6 miles, 7.4 km, direction SE)
Ideally located, Premier Inn Tonbridge North is next to the Oast Theatre, just 2 miles (3.2km) from Hildenborough Train Station and Tonbridge Castle. Tonbridge town centre is nearby....
More info and book online.. Price from £55.00
7 Hotel Diner
Polhill, Halstead, Kent, England (4.8 miles, 7.7 km, direction NW)
7 Hotel Diner is a brand new "budget/boutique" hotel in North Kent.
Ideally situated just a short distance from the M25 Junction 4 and close to Sevenoaks and Orpington Town Centres we are the perfect...
More info and book online.. Price from £39.00