Ightham Mote in Kent is well worth a visit, the last owner was a man called Charles Henry Robinson who was a direct descendant of a pilgrim who travelled to New England on the Mayflower, if it wasn't for him buying it then it may now be a pile of rubble.
A very romantic looking place, hidden in a hollow and surrounded by a man made mote fed by a natural spring.
Ightham Mote is full of intersting items, I've always fancied a suit of armour at the top of our stairs.
Charles Henry Robinson, the American that saved Ightham Mote from demolition.
If you fancy staying in the grounds you can hire Laundry Cottage from the National Trust for your holiday.
The guides were very informative and friendly, there was a fifteen minute history talk every hour, which I think makes all the difference to a National Trust property.
The roofs at the back of Ightham mote are different levels, this is because one of the owners was given a fireplace as a new home present and when the fireplace arrived it was too big for the room, so they removed the roof, built up the walls, and installed the fireplace.
Just like you would if you had a fireplace that didn't fit!
The fireplace is on the second floor next to the tower.
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