GARDENS of the house, which was originally part of the Eastwell Estate, were laid out nearly 70 years ago and contain many rare and unusual trees. They include the tallest eucryphia in Kent, a collection of more than 80 varieties of acers, rhodedendrums and azaleas, plus numerous firs, oaks and pines. They are enhanced by island beds, climbing roses and many varieties of hydrangeas that together provide a haven for wildlife and a garden full of birdsong. The meandering paths, with well-stocked herbaceous borders, are alive with butterflies and bees. The pond was originally dug as a drinking trough for horses and the nearby dell was mined for chalk but legend says it was an arena for cock-fighting – although the rare-breed poultry currently on show are far more friendly.