48 Hours in Sevenoaks
WELCOME TO SEVENOAKS
Gorgeous stately homes, irresistible gardens, Roman remains and a picturesque landscape, including the rippling hills of the High Weald and the rolling North Downs, make Sevenoaks a destination you can't afford to miss.
Sevenoaks wears its long history well, with its traditional Kentish architecture in its attractive towns and villages; Sevenoaks, Westerham, Edenbridge and Eynsford overflow with atmosphere, vibrant shopping streets, architectural treasures and appealing places to eat and drink, providing a slice of traditional Kent life.
A short drive away in the local village of Hever Kent, near Edenbridge you will find Hever Castle. Steeped in 700 years of history and award-winning gardens at this romantic double-moated 13th century castle. Once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I.
King Henry VIII
Just opposite Hever Castle you will see a truly historic English Pub, with it’s beautiful interior and a delicious menu. A real hidden gem in the countryside and perfect for lunch out during your visit, a warm welcome awaits.
Not far from the local market town of Westerham, Kent is Chartwell, the family home of Sir Winston Churchill. The house is still much as it was when the family lived here, with pictures, books and personal mementoes. Don’t forget to visit the studio where Churchill used to paint, this gives a colourful insight into Churchill the painter and many of his paintings are on display. The garden reflects the Churchill’s love of landscape and nature, including the lakes he created, from the terrace lawn you can enjoy the breath taking views over the Weald of Kent. We have estate walks that take you into our woodland area, you can admire the stunning views of the house in the distance. Pop into the café for a spot of lunch, or treat yourself to a cream tea. Find a souvenir to keep, in our shop which sells Churchill memorabilia.
Not far from Chartwell just off the A25 you will find Emmetts Garden. Informal and unhurried this is a beautiful garden, with far reaching views over the Weald of Kent. On one of our walks you can discover the formal rose garden, admire the work the garden team are doing in the North and South gardens and venture into our ancient woodland. Or simply pull up a deck chair, sit back and relax in our wildflower meadow.
The Little Garden
Located in central Sevenoaks the beautiful little Garden is a wonderful place for dinner and an evening drink, known for their tasty smoked slow cooked meats and an impressive cocktail menu to finish the evening to. With a menu that changes seasonally, this is sure to be a favourite for when visiting Sevenoaks.
One of Britain's most impressive stately homes is in the heart of Sevenoaks: the vast, enchanting National Trust property of Knole. Dating from the 1450s and famously sporting 365 rooms, 52 staircases and seven courtyards, here you'll wander through exquisite galleries, past shimmering silver, atmospheric portraits and fine fabrics. Then head through the sunlit orangery and into a 1000-acre park dotted with gnarled trees and herds of deer.
Park in Darent car park, Westerham, Kent (free parking for the first 3 hours)take a short walk to Quebec House, the childhood home of General James Wolfe. Visit the exhibition on the first floor of the Coach House and re-live the dramatic battle to win Quebec that tragically ended in General Wolfe’s death. Join the private tour of the small but charming house, let our tour guide tell you the stories of Quebec House and its most famous occupant. Discover the handling collection and have a go at quill pen writing.
Walk from Quebec House to the historic market town of Westerham, head to the Norman church or enjoy a bit of retail therapy in the antique shops. There are many restaurants and cafes for lunch or just relax on the green
WESTERHAM BREWERY & SQUERRYES ESTATE
The 2,500 acres of the Squerryes Estate reside in the Kent Downs, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The estate contains varied land producing milling wheat, malting barley and oilseed rape and the large areas of woodland on the Greensand Ridge. The Estate’s 35 acre vineyard was planted in 2006 and has since produced two award winning vintage sparkling wines. Arrive for a pre-booked tour and tasting event, pop into the shop and buy a bottle or two of their medal winning sparkling wine.
Named the ‘Best Indian restaurant in the South East’ the Rajdani has been serving up a selection of idiom dishes and Bangladeshi curry house favourites for over 20 years, the relaxed al-fresco restaurant is perfect for a meal out after a busy day explore.
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