Fabulous Walled Garden with produce on sale near the entrance. Don’t miss the small Garden Museum to the rear of the Walled Garden with its fascinating history of life on a country estate.
Explore the Rose, White, Sensory and Bog Gardens near the house.
Discover woodland and lakeside walks and the folly on the far side of the lake.
The gardens are open from February until November. They are closed every Thursday and Friday.
The House was originally built as a Hunting Lodge c1625, for George Calvert, Secretary of State to James I.
Calvert later became 1st Lord Baltimore and was granted a royal charter by Charles I to settle a region in the Americas, later called Maryland.
Calvert died five weeks before the Charter was sealed, leaving the settlement of the Colony to his son, Cecil.
In 1722, Charles Calvert sold the estate to his step-father, Christopher Crowe. As the Calverts had never lived at Kiplin, Crowe updated the house, damned Kiplin Beck to create a serpentine lake and enlarged the estate.
Further alterations were made in the 19th century.
Several attempts were made in the 20th century to give the property to the National Trust but with little interest, the Kiplin Hall Trust was set up in 1968. The only way to make the estate viable was to develop a gravel quarry in the parkland – this was later flooded to make the lake with a castellated folly on the far side.
The house contains a fascinating history of the four families who have lived at Kiplin.