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Torry Hill

Sittingbourne

8 acres; large lawns, specimen trees, flowering cherries, rhododendrons, azaleas and naturalised daffodils; walled gardens with lawns, shrubs, herbaceous borders, rose garden incl shrub roses, wild flower areas and vegetables. Extensive views to Medway and Thames estuaries.
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    Torry Hill gardens were laid out over 11 acres in the middle of the last century and still enjoy what inspired the original designers, a wonderful vista from grass terraces at 500 ft above sea level to the N over the Isle of Sheppey and the Medway and Thames estuaries to Essex and further E past Whitstable and Herne Bay over the North Sea. Specimen trees of the original planting survive on extensive lawns bounded by large rhododendrons of varieties and species of the period; these are now supplemented by new plantings of modern varieties, camellias and impressive flowering cherries, incl what the owners believe to be the largest known Kanzan, 9ft in diameter at the butt and a canopy 18yds wide. Large clumps of naturalised daffodils and 4 areas of wild flowers feature in the lawns. To the South of the house are 3 walled gardens; one beside the house with a lawn and traditional herbaceous borders. Next is a formal rose garden with some 500 hybrid tea roses, floribunda and shrub roses; and finally, within massive walls designed to check even the fiercest winds from the NE, 1½ acres of formal garden laid out round a central feature and lawn by the present owner in consultation with Waterers in 1978, successfully designed to have shrubs and climbing plants in bloom at almost any time of the year. Lastly there is a traditional vegetable garden with asparagus and globe artichoke beds dating from before present memory.

Torry Hill- 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.

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This garden also makes a donation to St Dunstan's Church, Frinsted and L'Arche (May & June only).

Owner Information

Lady Kingsdown
01795 830258
lady.kingsdown@btinternet.com

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How to find us

Torry Hill
Frinsted/Milstead
Sittingbourne
Kent
ME9 0SP

5m S of Sittingbourne.
  • More detailed directions
    From M20 J8 take A20 (Lenham). At r’about by Mercure Hotel turn L Hollingbourne (B2163). Turn R at Xrds at top of hill (Ringlestone Rd). Thereafter Frinsted-Doddington (not suitable for coaches), then Torry Hill/NGS signs. From M2 J5 take A249 towards Maidstone, then 1st L (Bredgar), Lagain (follow Bredgar signs), R at War Memorial, 1st L (Milstead), Torry Hill/NGS signs from Milstead. Please use entrance marked D (on red background) for disabled parking.
Accessibility information

Some shallow steps. No wheelchair access to rose garden due to very uneven surface but can be viewed from pathway.

More about Torry Hill

Torry Hill gardens were laid out over 11 acres in the middle of the last century and still enjoy what inspired the original designers, a wonderful vista from grass terraces at 500 ft above sea level to the N over the Isle of Sheppey and the Medway and Thames estuaries to Essex and further E past Whitstable and Herne Bay over the North Sea. Specimen trees of the original planting survive on extensive lawns bounded by large rhododendrons of varieties and species of the period; these are now supplemented by new plantings of modern varieties, camellias and impressive flowering cherries, incl what the owners believe to be the largest known Kanzan, 9ft in diameter at the butt and a canopy 18yds wide. Large clumps of naturalised daffodils and 4 areas of wild flowers feature in the lawns. To the South of the house are 3 walled gardens; one beside the house with a lawn and traditional herbaceous borders. Next is a formal rose garden with some 500 hybrid tea roses, floribunda and shrub roses; and finally, within massive walls designed to check even the fiercest winds from the NE, 1½ acres of formal garden laid out round a central feature and lawn by the present owner in consultation with Waterers in 1978, successfully designed to have shrubs and climbing plants in bloom at almost any time of the year. Lastly there is a traditional vegetable garden with asparagus and globe artichoke beds dating from before present memory.

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