Local Attractions

Moving to river-darent-Eynsford

Eynsford is a beautiful  Kentish village in the situated in the Darenth valley. It has an ancient ford and a hump-backed medieval bridge stretching across the river are still in use. The bridge is the picture postcard view of Eynsford and on a sunny day the view is enhanced by the many children playing with there fishing nets on the green bank of the river, while ducks and swans look on disapprovingly! if you follow this road past The Plough Pub it takes you to Lullingstone Castle which takes around thirty minutes.

Listed Buildings

Eynsford contains lots of listed buildings, Local flint is feachered as the building material with exposed beams, weather boarding and steeply pitched clay tile roofs you would expect from a Kentish village of this age. Dominating the center of the village you have

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The church of St Martin it is built with local flint and is in the early English style, parts date back to 1100. It has a wood-shingle spire and lovely clock. There is a quotation surrounding the clock which reads “Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be” from Browning.

Eynsford Castle

Hidden down the  lane opposite the Castle Hotel  are the ruins of Eynsford Castle, which is a free to enter English Heritage property usual open between 10am and 5pm.  This is one of the earliest examples of a Norman stone enclosure castle in England.

The site had been in use since the Saxon period and was once surrounded by a moat. The lower parts of the walls survive from the original 1088 building, the rest of the structure mostly dating from 13th century re-building.

When you Look across the valley from the castle you can see Eynsford Hill, the house that Arthur Mee (1875-1943) he built for himself. Mee was a successful author of The King’s England, “the most complete picture of a country ever presented to its inhabitants”.

Darenth Valley Path

The village has several pub The Castle Hotel, followed by The five bells, Malt Shovel and The Plough these are all very popular filled with locals and tourists. Darent Valley Path, which follows the river from its source in the Greensand hills south of Westerham, to the Thames. The section of the path from Eynsford to Shoreham via Lullingstone is very popular walk for familys and there are lovely off lead areas for dog walking. Other paths climb the steep side of the valley to the and give almost aerial views down on the village.The route is well served by public transport making it ideal to break into manageable walks. Train stations are situated at Sevenoaks, Bat & Ball (Sevenoaks), Otford, Eynsford, Farningham Road & Dartford, and there are many bus routes along the route.The route is also used by National Cycle Network Route 125, which follows the same route as the footpath.

Eagle Heights

Eagle Heights is one of the UK’s largest Bird of Prey centers, currently they have collection of approximately 150 raptors. This includes over 50 species, many of which are now breeding at the center or can be seen flying in their daily demonstrations.

 

 

Lullingstone Castle

The Mansion is a historical family home owed by the Hart Dyke family it including grounds, a lake, beautiful church and is home to the World Garden.

The house was frequented by Henry VIII and Queen Anne and is set in beautiful grounds with a delightful river which you can walk along all year long.The house has many  state rooms, with delightful portraits and armor with the Tudor Gatehouse framing the entrance which is one of the earliest in England to be built entirely of bricks.

 

The World Garden was created in 2005 containing nearly 8,000 plant species, hybrids and cultivars in a walled garden of just 2 acres by Tom Hart Dyke and was conceived by Tom when being held hostage by kidnappers in the Colombian jungle whilst on a plant hunting expedition

.The Gatehouse at Lullingstone Castle and The World Garden of Plants, Tom Hart Dyke, taken by Vikki Rimmer

Lullingstone roman Villa

Among the most outstanding Roman villa survivals in Britain, Lullingstone provides a unique all-weather family day out. Set in the attractive surroundings of the Darent Valley in Kent, the villa was begun in about AD 100, and developed to suit the tastes and beliefs of successive wealthy owners, reaching its peak of luxury in the mid-4th century.

Visitors to the villa today can still view the spectacular mosaics and prints of the rare wall paintings, a heated bath-suite and a ‘house-church’. A specially commissioned light show brings the villa to life, and galleries display Lullingstone’s fascinating collection of Roman artefacts. Kids will love trying on the Roman costumes and playing traditional board games from the period.

Knole House and Park

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Nestled in a medieval  deer park, Knole is vast, complex and full of hidden treasures. Originally an Archbishop’s palace, the house passed through royal hands to the Sackville family – Knole’s inhabitants from 1603 to today. Inside the show rooms art lovers will find Reynolds, Gainsborough and Van Dyck to admire. Textiles enthusiasts can marvel at the 17th-century tapestries and furniture that make the collection internationally significant. It is wonderful to walk the grounds dogs are welcome on leads and you get the chance to get up close with the local deer which make for great photo opportunities.

Watch the Fallow and Sika deer roam the parkland  © Martin Havens