A delightful country house garden

Tucked away in the Weald of Kent, between the pretty village of Rolvenden and the charming town of Cranbrook, lies Hole Park Gardens which has to be one of the best gardens in Kent. An attractively laid out, privately owned 15 acre garden, Hole Park is often referred to as a hidden gem, and there are plenty of treasures to be found within its walls and hedges.


Please scroll down for details on our forthcoming event in the Parkland:


Hole Park has been owned by the Barham family for the past four generations and is set in over 200 acres of superb classic parkland. The colourful gardens enjoy far reaching views over the hills, woods and fields of the picturesque Kentish Weald. They are a skilful mix of formal design and more naturalised planting, giving colour throughout the seasons.  The house, which is a private family home and therefore not open, was largely reconstructed in 1959 and is now little more than a quarter of its previous size. It resembles the house as it used to be before additions in the Elizabethan style were built in 1830.

Hole Park Gardens are open everyday in spring with limited opening times in summer & autumn. Please see Visitor Information page for opening times and dates. In spring visitors can enjoy the wonderful carpet of bluebells, daffodils, camellias, wisteria, magnolia and other spring delights. In summer the long borders are filled with colourful herbaceous plants with the exotic border coming to life in late summer.  The woodland area and gardens are also a delight in autumn with trees planted specifically with autumn colour in mind.

The Weald in the Garden of England offers a wide variety of gardens, large and small, to interest and captivate gardeners and non-gardeners alike. Hole Park Gardens hold their own against the more well-known gardens of Sissinghurst and Great Dixter.

The nearby village of Rolvenden and the town of Cranbrook are equally worth visiting for picturesque white weatherboarded buildings, mills and attractive high streets in typical Kentish scenery.


‘Invasion Kent – Let Battle Commence!’ Sunday 29th & Monday 30th May

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A colourful, sometimes explosive event to entertain and educate children and adults alike, with displays, stalls, refreshments and activities, ‘Invasion Kent’ will be staged on Bank Holiday Sunday 29 May and Bank Holiday Monday 30 May by the Napoleonic Association of Great Britain, there will be live firing of blank ammunition, authentic uniforms and re-enactors camping and living just as they would have done about 200 years ago.

350 re-enactors will converge on Hole Park, with its 200 acres of parkland and 16 acre gardens, and Napoleon himself – in the person of a renowned look-alike – will appear on both days to lead skirmishes and re-enact scenes from this important period in history. Guides will be on hand to explain events and children will be invited to take part in ‘military training’. Visitors will see and hear what could have happened if Napoleon had carried out his plan to invade Great Britain – via Kent!

Watch a short film here: https://youtu.be/U-yvYLJmZAw