Chapter Ten - Scotney Castle and Tunbridge Wells

Trip Start Sep 28, 2012
Trip End Oct 14, 2012

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

On all holidays there are things that surprise, things that exceed one's expectations, delight factors. Our next visit is one of them. Scotney Castle. The original building, built off and on between 1378 and 1658, is a replica of a medieval castle. In 1778 the Hussey family bought the estate and the heirs built the 'new' Castle in 1843 on a hilltop overlooking the old castle, from sandstone quarried from the slope below.

The whole place is delightful, especially the gardens. Of course we take far too many photos, but the house and grounds are so picturesque that it is hard to keep one’s finger off the shutter.

After our visit, which takes much longer than anticipated, we continue to Royal Tunbridge Wells. We, as visitors, don’t realize that there are other people actually working, and he hit the evening commuter traffic. It’s quite late when we arrive in this lovely town.

"Boy! Are we in luck? The parking lot is almost empty."

“Of course it’s empty! Everyone has gone home. All the shops are shut by now!”

We exit into The Pantiles. The tourist office photos show crowds enjoying afternoon tea in the sunshine under the linden trees. Now it is totally deserted.

“I’m hungry. I was hoping for a nice cream tea” moans Cecilia. “All the cafes are closed, and it’s only five thirty.”

“Let’s go to the main street. There must be something open there.” I suggest.

Sure enough, as we approach the city centre we espy a welcoming light issuing from Juliets and more tea shop. We pop in and are told they will be closing at six! Fortunately we bag the last two scones and enjoy a lovely cream tea, albeit with half a scone each, and the clock looming above us.

Further up the High Street we come across a supermarket and stock up with necessities, including wine in a cardboard box, something we are quite unaccustomed to in Miami.

We arrive back in Lenham at eight, gathering up all our left-overs for a delicious dinner.

“Let’s try the wine in the box. Look, it’s from South Africa.”

We open our box of South African wine. It’s undrinkable!    
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greekcypriot on

Undrinkable wine! What a disappointment for you!
I loved the photos. Yes indeed these are the colours of the countryside in the UK. A nice outing.

papalucho on

Felicitaciones y mi agradecimiento especial por harerme partícipe de esta hermosa aventura por el castillo Scotney y alrededores y salud con un mejor vino que sin duda se tome por allá. Abrazos.

Cesar Barroso on

Excellent photos. They give us a good idea of how nice that region looks like. Great entry, Martin.

derrick241 on

Never buy a box of wine unless you really need some paint stripper,

Next time buy a bottle of English wine, we do make some really good wine, red and white and even sparkling

Never have enough photos (after all its all your memories of your holidays)

Looks like you were lucky with the weather and unlucky with the shops

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