Lees Court Estate, Faversham
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Lees Court Estate
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​The Lees Court Estate has been described as the finest Estate in Kent. The Estate has been in the Sondes family for the past 800 years and became the centre of The Countess Sondes’ life on the death of her husband, Henry George Herbert, The Fifth Earl Sondes in 1996.

The Estate, during the early 1900’s, was 85,000 acres. Today the Estate is 6,900 acres with a core of 2,663 acres around the villages of Sheldwich and Badlesmere with the balance at The Swale Estuary, Oare and Faversham Creeks.

Swale Estuary & Creeks

Swale Oysters

Lees Court Oysters

Lees Court Oysters are considered to be some of the best oysters in the world

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Farming on the Lees Court Estate

Swale Oysters

Seeds LP

Lees Court has grown a range of Non-Food Crops and is looking at further ways of adding value

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The Shoot at Lees Court

Swale Oysters

Lees Court Shoot

Lees Court Shoot is acclaimed for its sporting quality, atmosphere & style, conservation values & outstanding natural beauty

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06 Jun 2023

Thanking the Kent Archaeological Society!

Lady Sondes and her team welcomed the Kent Archaeological Society and volunteers for a hog roast and Estate visit to thank them for their outstanding efforts. Following the hog roast, the guests...

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20 May 2023

The Dig and Pig

The Countess Sondes invited friends to join her to visit the Kent Archaeological Society Dig and hog roast at Lees Court.

The Dig has been running in excess of eight weeks and is currently the...

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01 Mar 2023

Tatler’s Best Butler

Best Butler – Dale Burrluck

We are delighted to congratulate Dale Burrluck, Butler at Lees Court Estate, who was named by Tatler magazine as “Best Butler”.  Dale is a veteran of various Royal and...

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