We finally joined National Trust and are two proud members of this amazing organisation. Charlie and I love visit National Trust properties and have been to a number of wonderful, historic and beautiful sites. Last weekend we randomly (as we do) chose Knole House. The biggest attraction for me was the deer park and I couldn’t wait to meet them.
It wasn’t a long journey this time as the house is located in Sevenoaks, which is worth a separate blog post. It’s so beautiful, I had no idea! I haven’t taken any pictures, but if you are wondering, it’s a picture perfect commuter town in Kent.
While driving through the narrow road towards the property, I saw a bunch of deer enjoying the sunshine. I didn’t want to miss them so we got some tea and started our visit from the park.
The deer park in old days wasn’t created for people to look at the deer. It was created for them to shoot the deer for pleasure. Who could shoot such cute creatures? I am glad this is not the case anymore.
I had so much fun taking pictures of the animals. They were so tame and not afraid of us too much. I am sure they expected some treats from us.
This was my closest encounter with a deer. He was such a poser. Just stood there graciously while I was taking pictures and didn’t move until he thought he had enough posing for one day.
Knole House, one of England’s biggest houses, was originally built by Thomas Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury, between 1456 and 1486 and then there’s so much history of the owners of the house, as you can imagine.
There are around 365 rooms in the house, but we only saw 13 of them. Pictures were not allowed in the house, but the facade and the courtyard were equally impressive.
I especially enjoyed the orangery, or the rainbow room, as I call it. The sun coming through the stained glass created a really happy atmosphere in the long and bright room with large windows.
When I just walked in, I thought the trees were painted in all these different colours, but when I started wondering why they are painted, I realised it’s a reflection. Doh!