This magnificent fortified manor house sits in 2,500 acres of private estate including park, wood and farmland. The house itself has 11 acres of listed gardens with records of 1346 showing their existence. Built in 1341, Penshurst Place boasts an amazing 14th century Baron's Hall which has to be seen. Sadly, you cannot take photographs.
Privately owned since 1552 by the Sidney family, it was once used by Henry VIII as a hunting lodge – well, it would have been rude of him not too! As well as the stunning gardens, there are parkland trails and cycle routes to explore – the delightful scenery is free. You can also get married or hold a conference or two here. Expect summer crowds.