Movie fans might know Penshurst Place from The Princess Bride, The Other Boleyn Girl and Wolf Hall, but it was built in the 14th-century as a country retreat for the Lord Mayor of London. Since then, it has been a hunting lodge for Henry VIII, and the home of the Sidney family since 1552.
Start your tour beneath the 18-metre-high (60ft) beamed ceiling of the medieval Baron’s Hall. As you explore, you will see tapestries, suits of armour and the velvet stool on which Queen Victoria was declared Empress of India. There’s a delight around every corner in the charming gardens, including a Union Jack flag made of roses and lavender and a 16th-century Italian Garden around a lily pool.