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There is so much to see near Rowhill Grange
Make the most of the wealth of activities on offer and take a look below for some of our favourite things to do in the local area.
Dating back to the time of the Doomsday, Lullingstone Castle is steeped in history as one of England's oldest estates. The present Manor House and Gatehouse were built in 1497, overlooking a stunning 15-acre lake and have been home to the same family ever since. Both Henry VIII and Queen Anne are known to have been regular visitors. Hidden in the grounds, alongside the River Darent, visitors will also find "Queen Anne's" Bathhouse and an 18th century Ice House. The beautiful World Garden pays homage to the amazing achievements of Victorian and Edwardian plant hunters who brought back the plants and flowers we now cherish and grow in our gardens in the UK.
The Copper Rivet is an exciting and dynamic distillery based in Chatham's historic royal dockyard. Drawing upon the dockyard's tradition of innovation and craftsmanship, the team at Copper Rivet work together to create small batches of exceptional gins, vodkas and whiskies from scratch. Tour the magnificent Victorian Pump House No. 5, where the distillery is based and see first hand the complete distilling process from grain to glass. Your tour finishes in the Pumproom where you will be able to taste the spirits. You can also extend your tour with lunch or supper in their excellent informal fine dining restaurant and bar. A 30 minute drive from Rowhill Grange.
Royal Museums Greenwich is home to the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the iconic tea clipper Cutty Sark and the National Maritime Museum. The attractions are located within easy walking distance of each other within a Unesco World Heritage Site. Venture onto the Cutty Sark, the last surviving tea clipper & one of the world's most famous ships and explore the many decks and passageways or stand with a foot in each hemisphere & explore how great scientists first mapped the seas and the stars at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Now a museum, it's home to the Prime Meridian Line, the UK’s largest refracting telescope, a 4.5 billion year-old asteroid and London’s only planetarium. A 30 minute drive or park at Bexley and catch the train & DLR.
Strategically placed astride the London Road and guarding an important crossing over the River Medway, this imposing fortress has a complex history of destruction and rebuilding. Today it stands as a proud reminder of the history of Rochester, along with the cathedral and pretty cobbled streets. Its Norman tower-keep of Kentish ragstone was built around 1127 by William of Corbeil, Archbishop of Canterbury, with the encouragement of Henry I. Rebuilt under Henry III and Edward I, the castle remained as a viable fortress until the sixteenth century. Consisting of three floors above a basement, it still stands 113ft high. Attached is a tall protruding forebuilding, with its own set of defences to pass through before you reach the keep. A 30 minute drive from the hotel.
Credited as Europe’s most innovative retail and leisure destination with over 330 stores, 50 cafes, bars and restaurants plus a 17-screen cinema, there’s something to keep you entertained whatever the weather. You'll find all the stores you love at Bluewater with a mix of high street names and designer boutiques. The shops are well spaced and the centre has a very light airy feel. There's also a Gravity trampolining park, soft play centre and plenty of parking spaces. A 20 minute drive from Rowhill Grange.
A wonderful historic house with a fascinating collection of Japanese, Stuart and Jacobite, Ancient Egyptian, and Buddhist art and artefacts. The grounds are open every day of the year (except when closed for private functions), providing enchanting woodland walks, a fishing lake and spectacular views across the Kent countryside for all. There are also some stunning walking routes (a 4 mile & 2 different 11 mile walks) from the house which give excellent views across Kent. A 35 minute drive from the hotel.
Penshurst Place and the surrounding estate have stood in the historic village of Penshurst since the 14th century, when the awe-inspiring Baron’s Hall was completed in 1341 as a country retreat for the Lord Mayor of London. The Baron’s Hall, crowned by an original 60ft high chestnut beamed ceiling is an unmissable sight for visitors to the ancestral home of the Sidney family who have taken care of the estate since 1552. Majestically surrounding the house, over one mile of yew hedging divides the 50 acres of gardens into a series of ‘rooms’, each with its own season & colour. Wander further to visit the Arboretum, Trout Lakes and Lake Park. Penshurst Place and Gardens really is one of the most alluring and seductive spectacles.
Once part of the Trosley Towers Estate, the 170 acres of Trosley Country Park is now home to a rich variety of wildlife and a mixture of woodland and open chalk grassland slopes. The chalk grassland at Trosley is classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, while the grassland supports an array of butterflies every summer, including the Chalkhill Blue. There are 3 waymarked trails – the Downland Trail is very steep in parts, whilst the Woodland Walk is much gentler. The Trosley Trail is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. All the trails provide spectacular views over the downs. For the more adventurous, the park is also a good base to visit the Coldrum Stones, and ancient listed monument of 15 sarsen stones.
Rising majestically from the still waters of its moat, surrounded by 500 acres of parkland and gardens, Leeds Castle is without a doubt one of the most beautiful venues in Kent. Coined ‘The Loveliest Castle in the World’, it is the perfect place for a great day out with the family or a romantic getaway with a loved one! The castle has always been a palace to entertain and impress, with every generation leaving its mark. Today’s interiors are the result of a huge refurbishment by top European designers during the 1920s & 30s for its last private owner, Lady Baillie. You can also hire segways to explore more of the woodlands or a punt to explore the lake. A 40 minute drive from Rowhill Grange.
Be inspired and visit this 13th century romantic castle - once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. The castle's panelled rooms house fine furniture, tapestries, antiques and what is regarded by some as ‘one of the best collections of Tudor portraits after the National Portrait Gallery’. The castle is set in 125 acres of magnificent gardens and parkland. Marvel at the Pompeiian Wall and classical statuary in the Italian Garden; admire the giant topiary chess set and inhale the fragrance of over 4,000 rose bushes in the quintessential English Rose Garden. The Loggia, overlooking the 38-acre lake, is the perfect spot to relax before exploring the many cascades, grottoes and fountains.
The Panic Room offers more than 20 different scenarios in its escape rooms in Dartford, a 25 minute drive from Rowhill Grange. Put your observation and problem solving skills to the test with fully interactive challenges. Find the clues, solve the puzzles and beat the room all within the 60 minutes on the clock. Can you and your team work together to uncover the secrets hidden within the hour?
The Mount vineyard is nestled in the picturesque village of Shoreham only a 20 minute drive away. A boutique vineyard featuring 10 acres of vines within its 28 acre estate, it produces a number of award winning still & sparkling wines including The Kent Wine of the Year 2017! The vineyard welcomes guests all year round for tastings with tours available from late May through until harvest time in late September. Volunteers are also welcome to join for harvest season which is certainly an activity to tick off your bucket list and includes an afternoon of feasting to celebrate the hard work!