Ightham Mote is a14th-century moated manor house whose highlights include the picturesque courtyard, Great Hall, crypt, Tudor painted ceiling, Grade I listed dog kennel and the private apartments of Charles Henry Robinson, who gave Ightham Mote to the National Trust in 1985. The house is surrounded by peaceful gardens with an orchard, water features, lakes and woodland walks. (so says http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ightham-mote/).
Yesterday they held an 'Orchard Day' when you can taste the various apples grown in the orchard. We visited in the morning, sampling the apples and wandering around the garden first (which was lucky as by the time we were walking round the house it had started to rain).
Just to prove Crete has not got a monopoly on interesting windows, on one elevation of Ightham Mote I found:
Spread around both house and grounds were various sculptures - an exhibition from the Surrey Sculpture Society - this was our favorite.
The gardens at Ightham Mote occupy fourteen acres, with a sequence of water features across which you can get picturesque views of the house:
Nikolaus Pevsner called Ightham Mote "the most complete small medieval manor house in the country", and it remains an example that shows how such houses would have looked in the Middle Ages.Originally dating to around 1320, the building's importance lies in the fact that successive owners effected relatively few changes to the main structure, after the completion of the quadrangle with a new chapel in the 16th century. There are over seventy rooms in the house, all arranged around the central courtyard.
One internal feature is some 16th century glass brought over from Cologne.