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Penns in the Rocks

Large garden with spectacular outcrop of rocks, lake, C18 temple and woods. Daffodils, bluebells, azaleas, magnolias and tulips. Old walled garden with herbaceous borders, roses and shrubs. Part C18 house (not open). Walls recently restored by Richard and Columba Strachey.

Sunday 22 April, Sunday 20 May (2 - 6pm). Admission £6.00, children free. Home-made teas.

Refreshments in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Visitors also welcome by arrangement. Please enquire about price when booking.

Mr & Mrs Hugh Gibson
01892 864244

Restricted wheelchair access. No disabled WC. Dogs on lead in park only.

How to find us

Penns in the Rocks, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, East Sussex, TN3 9PA

7m SW of Tunbridge Wells. On B2188 Groombridge to Crowborough road, just S of Xrd to Withyham. For SatNav use TN6 1UX which takes you to the white drive gates, through which you should enter the property.

More about Penns in the Rocks

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.