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Smallhythe Place

Smallhythe, Tenterden, England
01580/762334
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Ranked #3 of 13 attractions in Tenterden
Type: Historic Sites
Most recent review
- Aug 11, 2014
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Small is beautiful and this house just blew me away. The gardens are "rustic" and the church next to the property is worth a visit. Very friendly and knowledgeable volunteers helped to set the scene. Walmar castle and gardens near Deal are also worth a visit

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solihull
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245 reviews 245 reviews
72 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Having travelled around the Kent/Sussex countryside my wife and I have been visiting NT/HHA properties so whilst in Tenterden visiting the KESR railway we then went to Smallhythe Place (NT) before going onward to Bodiam Castle(NT). Being July 2014 the building is exactly 500 yrs old and was originally called "Port House" as being a thriving shipyard before the sea... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Beautiful cottage where Ellen Terry the famous Victorian Actress once lived. So many of her personal belongings on display in the house. Plenty of info around and volunteers to talk to. Only thin in my opinion that let it down was the messy garden (just out of main view of house) So if you are thinking of going for outdoor... More

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Gillingham
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Home of Ellen Terry. Wonderful old house, packed with theatre memorabilia and the barn has been converted into a thatched theatre in which many famous actors have performed. Spent hours there!

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Hatfield Herts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Enjoyed our visit, for the building, its contents, the adjacent barn theatre, and the bucolic setting Recently we had visited the Watts Gallery near Guildford where there was an exhibition dedicated to Ellen Terry, George Frederick Watts' first wife. Smallhythye was the perfect complement, dealing with the whole of Terry's life. HIghly recommended.

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Chard
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This is small but delightful, with welcoming and knowledgable staff. The house has bags of character as did its former owner. The garden is lovely and the tea room had its own interest with baby birds in their nest overhead. Really enjoyed the visit.

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Kent,England
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184 reviews 184 reviews
88 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

This is a quintessential British cottage, small but quaint, very interesting as it was the home of Victorian actress Ellen Terry, it has a lot of memorabilia in the house and the building itself is wonderful. Beautiful gardens and a lovely tea room. Great place to spend a peaceful afternoon.

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Northampton, England, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This is the home of Ellen Terry, a famous Victorian actress. It was maintained after he death by her daughter and one assumes it is during this phase that is was transformed from house into museum of the theatre. The costumes, especially the beetle wing dress was amazing, but there are only so many "dagger as used by Sir thing... More

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Plymouth
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80 reviews 80 reviews
26 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Easy to get to and park from Tenterden. Could visit Chapel Down Vinery at same time. Knowledgeable NT volunteers, garden good. You might see the house shrew!!

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upminster
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69 reviews 69 reviews
24 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Smallhythe Place is the former home of Ellen Terry, the beautiful but controversial Victorian actress. It has original artefacts inside as well as a barn theatre still in use. Garden is lovely and the fact that the sea used to come right up to Smallhythe adds to the interest. Ellen Terry was married three times but had two children with... More

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