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“The great house lay more like a town than a house with all its chimneys...” Virginia Wolfe about Knole in “Orlando” (1927) • Knole has been owned by the Sackvilles since 1603 (and it was both a manor and archbishop’s residence since medieval times). Writer Vita Sackville-West was born here and much to her regret she as a female could not inherit her beloved Knole but an uncle took over • Modern pool • Eddy Sackville’s sitting- and bedrrom in the tower - he preferred these humble rooms where he met with his male lovers, Virginia Woolf, and cousin Vita Sackville-West plus members of the Bloomsbury circle • The grand entrance room with a Jacobean ceiling to the socalled showrooms where important guests came and should be impressed • The leopard is in the Knole crest and found everywhere • The pale blue/green Venetian bedroom inspired Virginia Woolf when she wrote Orlando, a tribute to the Sackville family • The Reynold’s gallery • One of the inner courts with the copy of a greek statue • Knole is surrounded by a huge deer park with quite tame sikas and this Fallow deer • National Trust took over in 1949 but leased a lot of the estate back to the Sackvilles who still live there in the private appartments • I planned to be there half the day - and stayed the whole day as I also could visit the private gardens. Totally impressed! #knole #nationaltrust #jacobean #sackville #vitasackvillewest #eddiesackvillewest #gay #lgbtq #lesbian #virginiawoolf #deer #sika #fallow #sevenoaks #kent #uk #ukgardenuh19 #solotravel
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Sunday exploration day in Kent. Jo, Lewis and I went to see Knole House yesterday. One of the largest houses in England, its rich history dates back to the early 14th century, and next year it is due to celebrate its 700 year anniversary of when its foundation stone was laid. King Henry VIII used it as a hunting ground (Knole Park still is one of the largest deer parks in England) and it was the home of many other members of the Tudor royal family including Mary I and Edward Seymour (uncle of Edward VI). Later, during the Stuart dynasty, The Sackville family (later the earls and dukes of Dorset) purchased the house, and it is still inhabited by the family and half the house is off limits to visitors (it is now under the ownership of the National Trust). By taking the royalist side during the English civil war, and by later supporting the Hanoverian succession, the Sackville family remained influential and powerful throughout the centuries. Today it is owned by Lord Sackville, the 7th Baron. (the title change from Earl to Duke came about due to the title being bestowed by King George II, and the change from Duke to Baron came about when the 5th Duke of Dorset (Charles Sackville-Germain) had no legitimate male children, so therefore the title become extinct upon his death. The title of Baron however, was revived through the 4th Duke’s sister, Lady Elizabeth Sackville, who, through marriage, could revive the title (the title of Duke can usually only pass on via male heir). Only once, by an Act of Parliament (for the 1st Duke of Marlborough), has this been changed in the UK. #knolehouse #knole #countryhouse #medieval #tudorhistory #nobility #peerage #kent #sundayadventure
So beautiful and amazing place ❤ #england #knole #nationaltrust
I love the bold colour scheme used in the music room at Knole. The cornflower blue is so fresh and uplifting! Image from “Rooms of Their Own” by Nino Strachey.
He LOVED his new job as Chief Greeter at @nationaltrust #knole today. Shame its a voluntary post!
Another fantastic day out @nationaltrust #knole didn’t know such an amazing place was so close to us. The deer were everywhere and amongst people having picnics, reading etc. #greatcoffeeshop #excellantchangingfacilities #sundayfunday #familydayout #surreylife #poshpark #nationaltrust #runningfree
✨Out and about in Kent and busy doing Sunday 😍👌💁🏻How was your day 🙂 ————————————————— 📍National trust Knole ————————————————— #busydoingnothing #busydoingsunday #knole #nationaltrust #kent #sevenoaks #deer #naturelovers #englandsbigpicture
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