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Penshurst Place

Penshurst, Tonbridge, TN11 8DG

One of the best examples of a fortified medieval manor house in England.

Penshurst Place

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Penshurst Place has been featured in TV and film productions for many years, including Anne of a Thousand Days (1969) The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) Wolf Hall (2015) and Mary Queen of Scots (2018) . Penshurst Place was also the setting for one of the world’s most popular fairy tale stories – The Princess Bride (1988). In fact it was the medieval Baron’s Hall where Inigo Montoya uttered his famous words “you killed me father, now prepare to die!”.

Built as a garden of fantastic appearance, in the 1560’s Viscount De L’Isle’s ancestor Sir Henry Sidney took the first steps in combining beauty with function, installing a system of walls and terraces to protect fruit trees and vegetable patches which would make Penshurst Place a uniquely attractive kitchen garden. This walled garden design  has remained largely unaltered to this day.

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Poetry and Place: Life at Penshurst Place

Writing for Historic House magazine, James Probert encountered poesy and porcupines at Penshurst Place in Kent – the newest addition to our member-access scheme – seat of the Sidney family, Viscounts De L’Isle.

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