The undoubted highlight of any visit to Goodnestone is a visit to the charming Park Gardens.
A stroll around the village is worthwhile as there are a number of interesting buildings.
For the more energetic, there are details of a varied 4 1/2 mile walk around the parish on the Explore Kent website.
A shorter alternative at just over two miles in length is the new 'Serpentine Walk', opened by kind permission of the estate. This takes in some lovely and varied scenery including views of the house and across the parkland. In the spring, large numbers of daffodils and bluebells can be seen, and in the autumn, a wide variety of interesting mushrooms and other fungi are visible all along the path. To find the Serpentine walk, start outside the pub and walk down the road away from the church. Just beyond the cottages, turn right onto the concreted track and head gently downhill. When you reach the field, bear right and follow the path across the field towards the stile at the corner of the woodland opposite. Beside the stile is an information board with a map marking the start of the Serpentine walk. The path is mainly wood chip, although parts of the walk, particularly the final section back into the village, can be a little muddy after wet weather so boots are advised. Note that it is a footpath so horses, mountain bikes etc. are not permitted.
Chillenden windmill is usually open on Sunday afternoons in the summer from 2:30pm - 4:30pm from the end of May until the end of August. There is no longer a charge although donations are welcome. A local guide will be on hand to show you around the mill and explain the fascinating history of the building.
There is free parking at Goodnestone Park Gardens or along The Street. Please be considerate when parking, as it can get a little tight in places.
Goodnestone was selected as one of the ten most romantic places to visit in Kent according to Kent Life in February 2012 due to its connections with Jane Austen who often visited here.