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Knole House

Knole House is another built to impress house from the Elizabethan era.  It was built in 1605 by Thomas Sackville, and is one of the largest country houses in England.  Thirteen generations of the same family have lived at Knole since the 1st Earl emblazoned the family symbol, the Sackville Leopard, across its gabled exterior and paneled interiors.  The parklands with its wooded uplands, dry river valleys and tree-lined avenues is the  last remaining medieval deer park in Kent.  Of interest, Vita Sackville-West, who grew up at Knole, was passionate about the house she knew intimately.  For her lover, Virginia Woolf, the house was the inspiration for Orlando, a novel testing the limitations of time and sexuality.  Vita's cousin, Eddy Sackville-West inherited the house in her place, and it became an emotional and financial burden.  In 1946 the house was gifted to the National Trust, but the Sackville-West family is still in residence.  Pictures were not allowed of the interior of Knole.  So I only have pictures of the exterior.