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Historic Port Lympne mansion and landscaped gardens set in 300 acre Wild Animal Park.
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Port Lympne Historic mansion and gardens is home to some of the country's most spectacular sights with fifteen and a half acres of landscaped gardens. Beautiful and colourful all year round, it features a Lime Avenue and Magnolia Walk. There are also various terraces, enclosed gardens, such as the Sundial or Clock Garden and the Chess-Board garden. Port Lympne also has its own fig yard and the largest privately owned vineyard in Kent. Overall, the gardens have a distinctly Italianate flavour. A spectacular view over Romney Marsh and across the Channel, even of the coast of France on a clear day, is obtained from the top of the 125 step Trojan stairway. The outer part of the gardens are allowed to grow wild to encourage indigenous wildlife.
The house was built by Sir Herbert Baker in the early years of the 20th century for Sir Philip Sassoon MP. The gardens were originally designed by Sir Philip Sassoon and executed by Philip Tilden from 1919. On purchasing the estate in 1973, John Aspinall, the famous gambling club owner, found that much needed to be done to restore them to their former glory, but was determined to do so and their present magnificent state is the result. The house features spectacular mural rooms and the Rex Whistler Tent Room, recently restored by experts from the Tate Gallery in London.