Over 40 lucky members of the public won the opportunity to enjoy an historical walking tour of the grounds and outbuildings of Mote House last weekend in the vast surroundings of Mote Park near Bearsted.
More than 300 people applied for a place on the tour, led by Audley Mote House, which gave walkers an early glimpse of the work being carried out on the Georgian Grade II listed building, a jewel in the crown of Mote Park.
During the Kent Big Weekend, which was held on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March 2012, visitors were given the opportunity to take a behind the scenes tour at Mote House. The guided tour showed off many of the beautiful outbuildings including the Coach House, the Stables and the Old Brew House. The tour culminated in a visit to the beautiful Walled Garden. After the tour, the group enjoyed a typical English Afternoon Tea held at the Audley Clubhouse.
The many months of hard work put in to preserve and revive this historic and notable building are coming to an end. All works, including those to the surrounding outbuildings and Walled Garden, have been faithful to the history and importance of the building, as the house and grounds are under the protection of English Heritage. Over Easter, the public will be able to visit the House to view the show apartment, which will contain period features. This occasion will be the first time that the public will be allowed into the house since it was built in 1797. The official opening of the House will take place on 6th July.
The Mote House Village will consist of 100 houses, cottages and apartments, which are available to purchase by anyone over the age of 55. There is currently a mixture of properties for sale. There are also 12 unique apartments including original features available to purchase in the Main House, which will be completed this summer.