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We’re most well-known for our spectacular 10 acre Edwardian gardens featuring a topiary garden, rock and water garden, arboretum and rose garden.

We also have a fabulous grass maze, planted with ornamental grasses and herbaceous perennials.

We are home to an extensive collection of spring bulbs, trees and shrubs including Rhododendrons, many types of Camelias and Magnolias.

The house itself is a late-Victorian Grade II listed manor house. It was originally built in 1695, rebuilt in 1878 and then extended in 1913, all for the Dawes family. We are a well-established wedding venue with new B&B facilities and have been used for many different filming projects.

Mount Ephraim has been home to the Dawes Family for over 300 years and is a lasting monument to a more graceful and leisurely age. Every time of year at Mount Ephraim Gardens brings its own distinctive pleasures and no two visits are the same.

Today’s opening hours

Open from Sunday 3rd April - Sunday 29th September.

Wednesdays to Sundays & Bank Holidays.

Gates open 11am. Last admission 4pm, gardens close 5pm.



Open from Sunday 3rd April - Sunday 29th September.

Wednesdays to Sundays & Bank Holidays.

Gates open 11am. Last admission 4pm, gardens close 5pm.

Find Us
Find us

Located in the village of Hernhill between Faversham and Canterbury just off the end of the M2 Motorway junction 7 and just one hour from London.

The number 638 bus from Faversham to Whitstable stops in the village of Hernhill where Mount Ephraim Gardens are situated. Bus services are infrequent.


Car park on site

  • Free


Reeves Taxis 01795 53666


Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adults: £7 adults
Children (4-16): £2.50
Wheelchair users: £1

Group Visits
Group Visits

April 2018 – 30 September 2018
Minimum Size of Group – 10 adults
Entry Ticket – £6.00
Entry Ticket + Garden Guided Tour – £10.00

For group bookings with a catering option, please note that catering must be pre-booked at least 14 working days in advance of your visit. Final numbers must be confirmed and paid for 10 days prior to arrival.

Once your booking has been received, a confirmation letter will be sent to you, which you should bring with you when you visit. No deposit is needed to secure this booking and full payment for garden entry can be paid on the day.

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Fun Facts

The current owner Sandys Dawes’ great great grandfather Edwyn Dawes was in shipping and was knighted for his services to that industry.  As children we were always told that Henry Morton Stanley stayed at Mount Ephraim which is quite likely because Sir Edwyn was heavily involved in East Africa business and was a director of the Suez Canal Company.

In 1919 Charles Gates Dawes visited Mount Ephraim on the occasion to  be godfather to my father Charles Ambrose William  Dawes.  Dawes came with his boss General Pershing Commander of the American forces in the First World War.  Later on he was Vice President when Calvin Coolidge was President of the USA.  The English Dawes have an unproven genealogical link with the American Dawes.  This is still maintained.


Mount Ephraim Gardens is set in ten glorious acres of stunning Edwardian terraced gardens against a backdrop of the beautiful Kent countryside.

The elaborate and unusual topiary with a miscellany of birds, animals and First World War memorabilia in clipped yew truly captures the imagination. The Millennium Rose Garden abundant with scented roses and a traditional herbaceous border complete this stunning area.

The gardens also feature a Japanese rock garden, water garden and lake, arboretum and a spectacular grass maze with a play area for children.


Mount Ephraim offers a unique, classically romantic venue for your wedding or civil ceremony. Our beautiful gardens are renowned across the South East, and the manor house offers an Edwardian sense of style and grandeur perfect for a wedding celebration.

From the views of the estate on the front lawn, to the elegant sweeping staircase leading into the main hall where we often host receptions and ceremonies, we can offer you a memorable experience to make the big day extra special.

We’re very flexible – if you’re looking for a traditional affair, there’s no better romantic setting. Or if you’re looking to explore arrangements a little more leftfield we can accommodate you. We also offer a spectacular Sir Edwyn Suite so you can wake up to the stunning views and setting, and enjoy breakfast in the manor house

Our Offer

  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • Accessible parking
  • Bridal suite
  • In-house catering
  • Guest parking

We just would like to say a big thank you to you and your team for a brilliant wedding reception at Mount Ephraim. We had a perfect day! All the staff were polite, helpful and professional and we cannot imagine a better day. The food was delicious and very well received.

Bride & Groom


Mount Ephraim is a late-Victorian Grade II listed manor house. 10 acres of classical gardens which are open to the public lie within an 800-acre farm with stunning views of the surrounding Kent countryside. It was originally built in 1695, rebuilt in 1878 and then extended in 1913, all for the Dawes family, when the West Wing was added. 

All rooms are Doubles and have flat screen TVs, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryers and free wifi. A home-made Full English or Continental Breakfast is served for all guests. Free on site parking is available and all stays include access to our beautiful gardens, during or outside of normal garden opening hours.

Mount Ephraim is a peaceful family home set in the charming village of Hernhill with two village pubs and ideally located near the market town of Faversham, Whitstable and other Kent seaside towns, and the cathedral City of Canterbury.

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

With our beautiful Victorian estate commanding sweeping views over the gardens and grounds, we offer a unique venue to host a corporate event, party, family reunion or get-together.

We can be flexible to suit you. Whether you’d like a seated meal in the manor house, a disco in the marquee or team building events in the garden we can arrange it.

We also offer a private dining experience for groups of 12-15 in our beautiful dining room with full banquet table service for a true Edwardian experience.

Our Offer

  • Wifi
  • Breakfast
  • Accessible toilets
  • Plentiful parking
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Lunch
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments