After a delicious breakfast of hearty pancakes & coffee – Iest’s speciality – we looked out the window and noticed how delightfully sunny it was outside! It looked like a fresh, Autumn/verge of Winter kind of morning – and so we decided it would be lovely to head out for a Sunday morning drive to one of the very few South Eastern National Trust sites we’ve not visited yet – Ightham Mote!
We jumped into Tyrell, and cruised on down to the notorious Sevenoaks, Kent – here’s what Wiki has to say about it:
Ightham Mote (pronounced “item moat”), is a medieval moated manor house. The architectural writer John Newman describes it as “the most complete small medieval manor house in the county.” The house is a Grade I listed building, and parts of it are a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
The manor house is really pretty, and has a great moat around it – we got there just in time, as the free introduction by the Nation Trust employee was just about to begin – here we learned a but about the history of the house, and all about the many paintings John Singer Sargent did of the manor, and how currently on exhibition is a 100 year old portrait of the “Young Lady in White” which was also painted in the manor. Great!
We then cruised around the front garden for a bit – admiring the lovely small garden at the front, and the other surrounding buildings, before heading inside.
Christmas time is coming up, so the rooms (which were open) were decorated for Christmas – which included several Christmas trees, and a small train set on the main dining table. We headed upstairs to see the exhibition on the “Young Lady in White” which was quite impressive – as it was much bigger than I’d imagine. From there we continued through the hallways, and down into the library downstairs, and out into the court yard, where they had an impressive 3-storey high bird house, and a dog kennel that could fit up to 10 Ginas.
From there, we continued around the moat, where we were treated a lovely view of the manor, and a few benches, where Gina posed nicely with her brand new, freshly finished scarf :D
We did a small walk around the grounds, before heading on back to London (via Ikea) – for a 6pm Deliveroo. Great Sunday!