Stoneacre (NT)



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Thought to have been named after the local limestone that underlies it, Stoneace was built in the 1480s by John Ellys. Most of Ellys's original 15th-century, half-timbered yeoman's house still remains to this day. Featuring a great hall and surrounded by glorious garden, orchard and meadows, Stoneacre is full of breathtaking collections of 17th-century furniture, stained glass and decorative metalwork. Aymer Vallance, the last private owner of the house, was an avid collector of medieval sculpture and woodwork and extremely interested in contemporary design. A devotee of the Arts & Crafts movement, it was he who designed much of the stained glass inside the house. In fine weather you can admire the pretty garden and meadow, enjoy a cup of tea and some home-made cake outside by the old stables or perhaps even embark on a woodland walk in the surrounding Otham valley.

Stoneacre (NT)


About the area

Discover Kent

The White Cliffs of Dover are an English icon – the epitome of our island heritage and sense of nationhood. They also mark the point where the Kent Downs AONB, that great arc of chalk downland stretching from the Surrey Hills and sometimes known as ‘the Garden of England’, finally reaches the sea. This is a well-ordered and settled landscape, where chalk and greensand escarpments look down into the wooded Weald to the south.

Many historic parklands, including Knole Park and Sir Winston Churchill’s red-brick former home at Chartwell, are also worth visiting. Attractive settlements such as Charing, site of Archbishop Cranmer’s Tudor palace, and Chilham, with its magnificent half-timbered buildings and 17th-century castle built on a Norman site, can be found on the Pilgrim’s Way, the traditional route for Canterbury-bound pilgrims in the Middle Ages. 

In the nature reserves, such as the traditionally coppiced woodlands of Denge Wood and Earley Wood, and the ancient fine chalk woodland of Yockletts Bank high on the North Downs near Ashford, it is still possible to experience the atmosphere of wilderness that must have been felt by the earliest travellers along this ancient ridgeway.

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