About Knole

Knole has evolved over 6 centuries into a house with a supposed 365 rooms and 52 staircases. It definitely has 7 courtyards and is built from Kentish ragstone and is the largest country house in England. The site covers 4 acres, with a additional 24 acre, walled garden set in a 1000 acre medieval deer park.
It has been the palace of Archbishops and King VIII and since the early 1600s the home of the Sackville Family.

Here is a link to our introductory video in our Visitor Centre http://vimeo.com/21021484

Knole has been shown off to visitors for the past 500 years. Thirteen show rooms remain much as they were in the 18th century, when they were laid out to impress visitors with the Sackvilles’ wealth. The birthplace and childhood home of Vita Sackville-West, who went on to create the gardens at Sissinghurst, Knole was also the setting for Virgina Woolf’s novel Orlando. The house includes world-renowned Stuart furniture, important paintings and the prototype of the famous Knole settee. Knole is set at the heart of the only remaining medieval deer park in Kent.

3 thoughts on “About Knole

  1. Hi, I’m looking for information about my fourth great grandmother, Sarah Whitehead – or Sarah Kidman, who worked as a still room maid at Knole from 1790 to 1794. I wonder if you have any record of her employment or any information about the life of a servant at the time? I would be very grateful for any help you can give me. Many thanks, Karen.

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