Sunday 7 July 2013

Ightham Mote, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent

Andy Murray made Wimbledon finals day a fine time to visit this popular National Trust property, which can get over-run on a Sunday. When the middle classes are glued to the TV, there is room to breathe and admire the flashy flowers in the verdant grounds of this moated medieval manor house. Even in glorious sunshine, only a handful of visitors may be chilling out on the banked lawn, while a couple of families eat leisurely picnics on the banks of the brook that threads its way through the gardens. On the marked walks from the car park, you may not encounter another soul.