KNOLE HOUSE Sevenoaks, Kent

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Once home to arch­bish­ops of Can­ter­bury, this splen­did man­sion was ac­quired by the Sackville fam­ily in the early 1600s. Home to aris­to­crats who moved in court cir­cles and wielded sig­nif­i­cant in­flu­ence in high places, Knole and its ex­ten­sive grounds (in­clud­ing a deer park) has served as an im­pres­sive show­case for the Sackvilles’ wealth and sta­tus for more than 400 years. The house con­tains mag­nif­i­cent tex­tiles and fur­ni­ture from Bri­tish royal palaces of the 17th and 18th cen­turies, and there is much to ad­mire in the vast and sump­tu­ous show­rooms. Be sure to visit the King’s Room, where the splen­did 17th-cen­tury bed with its gold and sil­ver thread­work topped with os­trich feath­ers is one of the most spec­tac­u­lar ob­jects. You can also see con­ser­va­tors at work in the on-site stu­dio. Grand show­rooms open March to Oc­to­ber. na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/knole

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Knole is said to be a ‘cal­en­dar’ house with 365 rooms, 52 stair­cases, 12 en­trances and seven court­yards; the Car­toon Gallery con­tains six large copies of Raphael’s car­toons; the or­nate King’s Room bed.

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