The main house is owned and managed by the National Trust (from 1946) but a substantial part of the property, land and gardens is still owned and lived in by the Sackville family. I had not done my homework when I suggested meeting V here as one, it is not disabled friendly and two, the gardens are only open to the public on a Tuesday and today was Thursday! However we still had a good time not least because I directed her into the disabled car park and stood waiting by the driver's door to help her out. So what you might think! Well unfortunately it was not her car, nor her driving, just some poor lady terrified of opening the car door because this strange woman was standing there waiting! V was in another parking space watching and wondering what on earth I was doing. From then on we couldn't stop laughing.
It wasn't long before Henry VIII desired it and was given it as a gift. It remained in the hands of Royalty until 1603 when Thomas Sackville purchased the freehold and it has remained in that family ever since.
You enter Knole through this stone gatehouse leading you into a courtyard. There is a second gatehouse to the inner courtyard around which are the main staterooms.
Photography is not allowed in the staterooms so I cannot show you the vast collections of textiles, silver, portraits and royal furniture which are on display. As Lord Chamberlain. Charles Sackville could take his pick of unwanted royal furnishings. As no new monarch ever wanted reminders of previous monarchs he was able to take virtually all the royal Stuart furniture from Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace. It is said the Knole house now has the largest collection of royal Stuart furniture in the world.
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