Brockhill Park Estate
Brockhill Country Park is situated on the former Brockhill Park Estate, historically linked to Saltwood Castle.
The recorded history of the estate dates back approximately 900 years to Norman times. It's likely that the area was a game estate to the castle during this time, supplying meat, fish and timber.
In the late 1400s, the Tournay family took over the estate. It was the last of their successors, William Tournay, who had the biggest impact on the estate and is responsible for a lot of what you will see during your visit. William died in 1903. His funeral was a quiet affair with only a few mourners. He was wrapped in his favourite horse skin and buried on the large island in the lake alongside his dog, Daisy.
After his death the manor house - now the main building in the neighbouring Brockhill School - became known to the villagers of Saltwood as the Haunted House.
The lake itself was originally 4 fish ponds, which were combined into one large boating lake in 1860.
Around the lake some planting from the Tournay era remains; bamboo, laurel, rhododendron, rheum, rodgersia and the wonderful display of snowdrops that wow visitors who brave the winter weather to see them.
Creating the park
The estate became the property of Kent County Council in 1947 and the park opened to the public in 1986.