Tours

Boughton Monchelsea Place is well located for day trips from London or the Southern Home Counties. It is just 15 minutes from junction 8 of the M20 and within easy reach of many other visitor attractions, such as Sissinghurst and Leeds Castle.

We welcome group bookings, either to visit the gardens and grounds (April to September) or for guided tours of the house (throughout the year), by prior arrangement, on a Monday to Thursday basis. The gardens are at their best from May to July, but there is always something to see from late March to early September.

The house itself is on a south-facing ridge of land which forms part of the famous scenic Greensand way. From the broad sweep of lawn at the front of the house, there are wonderful views over our private deer park with its herd of fallow deer and the Kent countryside beyond. On a clear day you can see for 15 miles.

To the rear of the house is a stone-flagged courtyard with an attractive Georgian clock tower. The courtyard has herb beds, an ornamental pond and a patio area where refreshments may be taken during the summer months. From here, steps lead up to the pretty walled gardens, the scale of which is domestic rather than stately.

The first walled garden is laid out in the traditional English country manner, with herbaceous borders, shrubs and climbing roses, box hedges, gravel walks, lawned areas and a kitchen garden. The second walled garden was the old orchard for the house and contains ancient fruit trees, beds of old fashioned roses, various choice shrubs, small trees and climbing plants.

The interiors of the house vary in character from Tudor through to Georgian gothic and Victorian. The fabric of the house has seen minimal alteration since the late 18th century. Notable features include 16th and 17th century stained glass; a fine Jacobean galleried staircase; medieval and later stone mullioned windows; original oak parquet floors; stone and marble fireplaces; Elizabethan and later wall panelling etc. Unfortunately, the original furnishings are no longer with the house; it is still very nicely furnished but most pieces date only from Victorian times.

Guided house tours take a little over an hour. Following the tour, we can offer you tea and biscuits or cream teas.

Group house tours and garden visits must always be booked in advance. Please check the prices page for an up-to-date price list.