Penns in the Rocks is an early 18th-century redbrick house, built for the family of William Penn of Pennsylvania.

The house is set opposite a natural outcrop of monumental sandstone rocks, and in the 20th-century was home to Dorothy Wellesley, the Bloomsbury poet and friend of WB Yeates. She erected the temple which faces the front of the house, and which is dedicated to 'The poets who loved Penns'. In 1956, after her death, Penns was acquired by the Gibson family, who live there still.

The late Lord Gibson was Chairman of the Arts Council, and of the National Trust. He and Lady Gibson remodelled the interior of the house, and with the help of Lanning Roper adapted the garden from Dorothy Wellesley's original design.


Penns in the Rocks opens for two 2 NGS garden open days.

Find Us
Find us

We are located 7m south west of Tunbridge Wells. On B2188 Groombridge to Crowborough road, just south of the crossroad to Withyham.

For SatNav use TN6 1UX which takes you to the white drive gates, through which the visitor should enter the property.

It's possible to take a train to Tunbridge Wells and a taxi from there.


NGS garden open days: £6

Things to See


Corporate Hire