If you're planning a cottage holiday in Kent or Suffolk, you may want to consider a daytrip to the illustrious Kenwood House in Hampstead, London. Overlooking the popular Hampstead Heath parkland, this former stately home is encased in emerald grounds with an ionic portico covering its entrance, giving it the look and feel of a quintessential English manor. Enjoy a tranquil saunter amid Kenwood's sleek lawns and famous artworks, before venturing back to your nearby holiday cottage for a soothing English tea. Can you think of a quainter way to spend time on your next cottage holiday?
Discover the culture of Kenwood
In the late 1800's, the walls of Kenwood House were beginning to collect some rather wonderful artworks. That's all thanks to the abode's wealthy owner, Lord Iveagh, an avid art collector whose assemblage of works focused on Old Master portraits. Look upon Vermeer's Guitar Player and Rembrandt's Self Portrait With Two Circles as you make your way through the lofty chambers of Kenwood House, and take a moment to study the painting of Lady Hamilton, an 18th century party girl and Nelson's supposed mistress, as she sits innocently at a spinning wheel. You'll love uncovering the stories behind other paintings in Iveagh's collection on your trip to Kenwood House.
Kenwood House- A great day out on your Suffolk cottage holiday
Opening times for Kenwood House vary by season, but if you choose to visit between now and the 31st October, you'll be able to enjoy the English Heritage site everyday between 9am-6pm. So why not book a cottage holiday near Kenwood House and look forward to a day spent amongst the site's charming woodlands, artworks and architecture. There's so much to see at Kenwood, from the 17th century orangery and characterful library, to the exquisite grounds and ancient woodlands that offer fine views over the neighbouring Heath. Couple's will appreciate the romantic feel of this dazzling estate, which featured in Richard Curtis' 1999 film, Notting Hill. Take a dreamy stroll through the landscaped grounds and spot the sculptures of Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Eugéne Dodeigne which are dotted around Kenwood's lush gardens. There really isn't a better place to help you fall in love with the South East.