Emmetts is a lovely Edwardian garden that is home to a large number of rare and exotic plants. The estate comprises a lovely meadow, a rock garden, a rose garden and a woodland walk.
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
We love this garden! Only 40 minutes from London, its perfect for getting out into the open air, spotting sheep, picking some blackberries, hiding in a den made of logs or playing wooden skittles in the meadow.
In the discovery cabin, little people will find a nice little den to draw a picture, a wildlife spotting card or a game to play. Meanwhile you can grab a deck chair and enjoy the peaceful views over Kent. We enjoyed the natural playground and running through the wood trying to find a gruffalo.
There are kids activities everyday including trails and Geocaching. There are seasonal trails for Halloween and Christmas.
The meadow has a real family feel and is a great place to meet mummy friends or family for a relaxed day out with a picnic.
This is a lovely place to get your kids out into nature, to explore, get muddy and relax after with an enormous piece of chocolate fudge cake!
Address: Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 6BA.
Playground: There is a natural playground made completely from log and twigs forested from the woods. Little ones will love the little dens and there’s even a mini mower for any budding gardeners – a play one of course!
Cafe: The Old Stables serves homemade soup, light lunches and cake.
Toilets: Yes by the Old Stables Cafe. There are baby changing facilities.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: The are a mixture of surfaces at Emmetts. There is a steep hill when you come through reception which you can push a buggy up but if not they put on a buggy to take you up to the discovery cabin. The woodland walk, Rock garden and the lower rose garden all have steps to access. The woodland walk is manageable for a 3 year old although you may need a sling or carrier for any non walkers as there are some steep areas and steps.
Parking: Parking is free.
Admission: Free for National Trust members, Adult £7.50 Children £3.75 Family £18.75.
Nearest Station: Sevenoaks.
Bus: 404 bus from Sevenoaks (Monday to Friday only), alight Ide Hill, 1½ miles.
Phone: 01732 868381.
Email: [email protected].
The estate has beautiful views over the Kent Weald. It’s perfect for taking dogs to as they can go everywhere provided that they are on a lead. The discovery cabin has cricket bats, skittles, tennis rackets and footballs which are free to take out into the meadow for a game. It’s a perfect place to meet friends for a picnic and if you forget your rug you can borrow one from the shop for the day!
Review by Sarah Floyd