Exploring the Gardens of Goodnestone Park

Phoebe Shipton  ·  13th March 2018



Your stay in The Garden of England wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Goodnestone Park.

A short drive through the Kentish countryside takes you to Goodnestone Park. An 18th-century Palladian house and gardens. Jane Austen visited regularly as her brother lived in Rowling house on the estate for many years. Ursula Buchan of The Daily Telegraph describes the house and grounds as “A haven of beautiful tranquility hidden away in south-east Kent”.

Take in the fresh country air and explore the beautiful grounds of this beloved house. A treat for all gardeners and history buffs alike. The garden is opening up to the public again on March 30th.

The gardens are said to be among one of the best in East Kent. There are plenty of grounds to explore: the walled garden, two arboretums, a woodland garden and even a picnic area to make use of. The walled garden dates back to the 17th century, and Jane Austen would have walked through to get to the nearby church. Views out to acres of the 18th-century rolling parkland complete the Austen fantasy.

A perfect day can be spent exploring the grounds with a picnic to enjoy in the arboretum. During February the woodland area is covered in carpets of snowdrops. Visit during spring to enjoy blossom in the arboretum, early magnolias, euphorbias, tulips, alliums and spring perennials in borders.

Main season 30th March- 30th September

Sunday 12- 5 pm
Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Bank Holidays 11 am- 5 pm

About Phoebe Shipton

Having studied Marketing at University of Manchester, Phoebe joined the family business in 2020 as Head of Marketing and Operations. Phoebe is focused on making Keepers Cottages stand out, as well as ensuring the bookings flood in!

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