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Penns in the Rocks

Tunbridge Wells

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.
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    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- Canceled

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On this day, this garden is open by arrangement, which means that you will have to contact the owner to arrange visits for groups.

Pre-booking essential, please go to our events page to book your tickets.

Admission by donation

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  • Regular opening
  • Open by arrangement only
  • Cancelled opening
Owner Information

Mr & Mrs Hugh Gibson
01892 864244
http://www.pennsintherocks.co.uk

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How to find us

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

7m SW of Tunbridge Wells.
  • More detailed directions
    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.
Accessibility information

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

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.

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