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Ightham Mote


Ightham Mote (pron; I tham) is a well preserved medieval manor house that was built in the 14th century and is near to Sevenoaks in Kent. The approach is down into a wooded dell that is not at all dingily. 

Their website ⇒ and the wiki history ⇒.

The manor house contains an interesting museum of artifacts from various eras (here  ⇐ ) and is surrounded by very pleasant gardens and an extensive array of footpaths throughout the surrounding area.  Ightham mote has never been inhabited by very ambitious people or involved in dramatic events.  Its gentle past is perhaps responsible for its very peaceful atmosphere and has made it a pleasure to visit.  🙂

Across the bridge and into the courtyard.

One enters the house under the rose covered arch.  Note the large dog kennel.  There is a picture of its inhabitant later.

Outside is just the beginning of the gardens and rural walks. Turn around and there are the stables.

Inside the stables there are a few pictures including one of the dog who inhabited the courtyard kennel.

There is an extraordinary painting inside the house ⇐ and I hope that you enjoyed your visit.

33 responses

  1. Excellent.


    June 11, 2017 at 13:41

  2. Lovely pictures – it’s a beautiful place. I grew up a few miles from Ightham and I can say that I’ve never ever heard it pronounced I ham. It has always been I t ham by the locals.


    June 11, 2017 at 13:50

    • Thanks for your comment and the correction. Duly done and thanks again. 🙂


      June 11, 2017 at 13:53

      • It was lovely to see this pop up on my feed – made me all nostalgic for my childhood and the place I still think of as “home”


        June 11, 2017 at 13:54

        • I am glad you enjoyed. It seems to me that it would be an idyllic place to live. 🙂


          June 11, 2017 at 13:55

  3. Such a beautiful manor!


    June 11, 2017 at 14:04

  4. And now they build building to last 70 years! Love that house! ❤
    Diana xo


    June 11, 2017 at 15:14

    • Good point and I don’t think that modern design is as appealing. I like the idea of a big garden and a moat to keep the salesmen and campaigning politicians at bay. 😀

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      June 11, 2017 at 21:43

  5. Pausing in front of that rose-arched entrance would surely brighten anyone’s day! Lovely and calming, from first image to the last!


    June 11, 2017 at 16:37

    • Definitely and then a add the large but daft looking dog. Go fetch a stick and come back with a log. Whoofle. 😀

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      June 11, 2017 at 21:47

  6. Beautiful post. Do you mind if I reblog?


    June 11, 2017 at 16:42

  7. It was nice to read that it has a gentle past, which would make viewing the wonderful property all the better 🙂


    June 11, 2017 at 18:43

    • I’m glad you enjoyed. It was certainly worth the visit. No nearby traffic either. A world of its own. 🙂


      June 11, 2017 at 21:50

  8. I love the stonework, the leaded windows and the glorious gardens!


    June 12, 2017 at 03:16

  9. Oh, and the name even though I can’t pronounce it……


    June 12, 2017 at 03:17

    • Oh you mean supercalifragilisticexpialidocious that’s easy. It’s llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch that I have trouble with (until I had a beer). 😀

      Liked by 1 person

      June 12, 2017 at 10:22

  10. Reblogged this on notewords and commented:
    Peaceful centuries.

    Liked by 1 person

    June 12, 2017 at 09:39

  11. Such great photos. 🙂 Nice to hear about an historic place that’s not associated with some sort of tragedy – it certainly does come across as a very peaceful place.


    June 12, 2017 at 22:05

    • Thanks. It does seem that the lack of drama is associated a lack of any great ambition and staying away from the monarchs court. An example I have adhered to myself. 😀


      June 12, 2017 at 23:04

  12. Beautiful. I’ve lived I. Sevenoaks for four years and never visited! I really must, just perfect.


    June 12, 2017 at 22:35

    • I am glad that you found it interesting. 🙂

      I wonder if have you had the opportunity to visit Knole House (very near Sevenoaks). Although, sadly, they do not allow photography inside.


      June 12, 2017 at 23:13

      • Yes, I’ve visited Knole house a couple of times, and regularly walk our dog in the park. Another beautiful house!

        Liked by 1 person

        June 13, 2017 at 08:18

  13. This is simply gorgeous!

    Liked by 1 person

    June 15, 2017 at 05:43

  14. Queen Palmer? I’m going to have to look her up ☺


    June 17, 2017 at 21:48

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