It was another really fabulous autumn day. Flawless blue sky, clear, sparkling light, trees just on the turn....
Scotney does not have a distinguished historical past, but it was given to the National Trust, intact, when its last owner and inhabitant Betty Hussey died in 2006. We gathered the Husseys made their money from iron, in Worcestershire.
The estate we see now was created by Edward Hussey in the 1830s and 1840s. He partially demolished the old castle to create a fashionably picturesque ruin, had the grounds landscaped, and had the new house built in Gothic Revival style. The house, designed by Anthony Salvin, reminded us, both inside and out, very much of our local Fairlight Hall, also Gothic Revival, built at the same time as Scotney.
|Scotney - the 'new' house|
|Great retro pots in the kitchen|
|A nice John Piper over the fireplace|
|A female Hussey, posing in the garden|
|Excellent outdoor tea area....|
Battleaxe would totally recommend Scotney Castle - there is lots to see. I'm so glad to have this period of wonderful autumn weather. The Scotney outing was our last before I go into the Conquest Hospital tomorrow to have my gallbladder removed - oh yuck. Get ready for another gripping hospital blog post!