A mere hour's drive away in your nifty, swifty, cosy camper van, start your driving tour of Kent at the All Saints Church in Tudeley, Tonbridge. Dating back to the seventh century, this church has huge historical significance, however, its crowning jewel is undoubtedly it's breath-takingly beautiful windows designed by Russian-French artist Marc Chagall in the 1960s. Drive through the windy roads of the near by wooded areas and park up to appreciate the sea of bluebells in the height of their bloom intermingled with carpets of primroses and orchids all beneath a shady, cool canopy of towering treetops.
"C'est magnifique! Je les ferai tous", Marc Chagall on seeing All Saints Church.
After your nature trails in Tonbridge, take your journey south with Bayham Old Abbey in your sights. An exquisite English Heritage site dating back to the twelve century, these structures give you the chance to walk through time. Boasting impressive examples of remarkably well-persevered ornate capitals and carved stonework including stone frameworks from the three large windows comprising the nave, making this a stop on your VW road trip is essential.
Bayham Old Abbey Ruins.
A short drive away is your next stop at Scotney Castle. Widely accepted to be one of the finest kept gardens in the world, it is the perfect place to lose yourself once again in the natural beauty of Spring. An excellent example of Tudor Revival architectural sitting on a moated lake like a fairytale island it is both scenic and historical. Surrounded by sloping, wooded gardens with floral armies of rhododendrons, azaleas and kalmia at full strength for your Rockin Vans Spring break.
Scotney Castle in Spring Bloom.
Spend the night camping beneath the stars at Bewl Water campsite, spotting lakeside wildlife and toasting marshmallows til the early hours. Brave the water for a morning dip before whipping up your breakfast in the warmth of your cosy camper van. With everything you need in-tow, you can enjoy this beautifully secluded spot for as long as you want.
Hitting the road again in your luxury VW campervan, Goudhurst and Sissinghurst Castle are next on your travel itinery. Whether you want to park up in the dark woods of Goudhurst and do some gentle exercise hill walking or try the local cuisine in one of the many homely inns or pubs a day spent gallivanting here is well worthwhile.
Sissinghurst Castle, managed by the National Trust is a serious horticultural and historical treat to add to your VW road trip adventure. The gardens were created in the 1930s by Vita Sackville-West, a famous poet and gardening writer of her time and are truly exceptional in their perception of different themed 'garden rooms'. These gardens show the true passion and understanding of botany that the green-fingered Sackville-West had.
Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens.
Finish your up your campervan trip at Hever Castle during the Annual Tulip Festival (18th - 27th April 2018). The childhood home of Anne Boleyn, now home of over 20,000 tulips is a sight not to be missed. The festival is a celebration of the Elizabethan horticultural boom when gardening in England began to incorporate plants and flowers from the far reaches of the world as well as mainland Europe including the tulip bulb from Turkey. Suitably named, the River of Eden runs past this colourful castle making it all the more scenic for the botany enthusiasts that come from near and far to see this remarkable gem in the English countryside.
Hever Castle Tulip Festival.
With Kent on the doorstep of Rockin Vans London branch, it's easy to give your loved ones a Spring break that will brighten their whole year.