Hole Park

84 Reviews

Star Travel Rating


Review type

Things to do


Date of travel

May, 2017

Product name

Product country

Product city

Travelled with

Your husband, wife or partner

Reasons for trip

Hole Park is a private estate in Kent, close to the border with East Sussex. It’s on the High Weald between Rolvenden and Benenden and not far from Cranbrook and Tenterden. The family home has been in the same family, the Barhams, since the 1920s and is not open to the public, however, the 16 acre garden surrounding the house is open every day in the Spring (April to 4 July), Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7 July to the end of October and also Sundays in October, but check the comprehensive website www.holepark.com for opening times, prices and directions. Wheelchair users should also check the website for information about access to different parts of the garden as there are certain routes that have steps and steep slopes. Hole Park is also open on occasions under the NGS Scheme and for plant fairs and other special events. Hole Park is a Gardeners World Magazine 2-for-1 garden. The Bluebell Spectacular this year is from 10 April to 9 May with the bluebells gradually opening – the Bluebell Barometer on the website is updated regularly to show the stage that the flowers have reached. There is a circular walk through the woodlands that also passes the newly renovated ice house, that I haven’t been to see yet. Clipped yew hedges and statuary add structure and interest.

Springtime is particularly good at Hole Park as in addition to the bluebells there are bulbs and flowering trees and shrubs including azaleas and camellias. In the summer the borders are filled with roses, clematis, alliums, agapanthus and many more colourful herbaceous plants. Trees in the woodland and garden make a visit in Autumn a must as the leaves turn to gold, orange or red;the acers are particularly stunning. The garden is surrounded by the estate of 200 acres and there are wonderful views over the surrounding countryside in what is a particularly attractive area of the Weald.

The light lunches and cakes served at the cafe are good; I can remember having delicious soup and bacon rolls on one bone-chillingly cold February day while attending a snowdrop day and plant fair, but there are also the popular scones with jam and cream, large slices of cakes, etc. Currently, with Covid restrictions in place, all the tables are outside. The toilets are conveniently situated by the path that leads into the formal gardens.

My photos don’t do justice to Hole Park; I know I’ve taken some good ones in the past, but I can’t find them at the moment. My photos are therefore from two different times of year – May and February – so the only ones that aren’t bluebells were taken in February which is not the best time for any garden, but I still think they show some clever features. However, the website has a good range of photos of plants and views of the garden and woodland area at different times of the year.

“See the website for directions, opening times and prices”:https://www.holepark.com/


Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.