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Brief description of site

Sandling Park has a mid-19th-century woodland garden of 13 hectares with further development in the 20th century. Features include a specialist rhododendron collection. The garden is set within a 19th-century park and 600 hectares of agricultural land. The gardens are open for one day a year for charity.

Brief history of site

The original house was built by the Italian architect Bonomi for the Deedes family in 1796, and the park was probably fenced for deer. Henry Milner was asked to prepare a plan for the gardens in 1897. Much of the site was destroyed by enemy action in 1942, and the late Major Hardy built the present house.

Location information:

Address: Sandling Road, Westenhanger, CT21 4HN

Locality: Hythe

Local Authorities:

Kent; Shepway; Saltwood

Historical County: Kent

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 189 Grid Ref: TR142367
Latitude: 51.0896 Longitude: 1.05734


The site is two miles north-west of Hythe.

Key information:

Form of site: woodland garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: house

Site Style : informal

Site first created: 1796 to 1950

Main period of development: Mid 19th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 13

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