Knole (sometimes known as Knole House) is situated within Knole Park, a 1,000-acre deerpark located to the south-east of Sevenoaks, Kent. The house dates back to the mid-15th century, with major additions in the 16th and, particularly, the early 17th centuries.
Knole is one of the largest houses in England, occupying an area of four acres. Vita Sackville-West, who grew up there, recounts a legend that it is a calendar house: 'its seven courtyards correspond to the days of the week, its 52 staircases to the weeks of the year, its 365 rooms to the days of the year, but 'I do not know that anyone has ever troubled to verify it.' The meticulous planning of a calendar house, however, does not fit well with the organic growth and reconstruction of the house over more than 500 years.