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Smallhythe Place

Smallhythe, Tenterden, England
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Ranked #4 of 13 Attractions in Tenterden
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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La Romieu, France
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

In around Tudor times and before, seagoing ships were built here! English oak and iron fittings all came from the local Wealden Forest. This is where the English iron industry began. Opposite, across the valley, is the Isle of Oxney. In days of old it was indeed an island. In Medieval times there was a great storm which blocked the... More

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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135 reviews 135 reviews
33 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Relatively interesting house to view, quite small house, so can view all of it pretty quickly. The most interesting thing is the property was the dress (One of her costumes). It is beautiful! Was interesting to learn about Ellen Terry and the links she has with other people we have learned about through other National Trust properties. The gardens sadly... More

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Orpington, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This delightful house has been preserved by the NT just as it was when Ellen Terry died. There are some very interesting items of theatrical memorabilia and the Barn Theatre is absolutely unique and must be very atmospheric when the plays are performed there. We had a very informative chat with the beekeeper. Well worth a visit when in the... More

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23 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

The house is an absolute delight and full of interesting articles belonging to Ellen Terry and famous actors of her time. The cafe is probably the best National Trust cafe we have ever used. The sandwiches are freshly made to order and price very reasonable.the highlight for us was sitting with the bee keeper in his shed talking about the... More

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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This cottage from the 16th Century is a real gem of history providing a unique insight into the life of Dame Ellen Terry, famous Victorian actress. The cottage has been preserved as it was from the lifetime of the actress. The staff were most helpful and went out of their way to explain the life history of the actress and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Rude and unfriendly arrival staff did not bode well for our visit. This property needs updating to what the NT has done to many of it's properties recently. The rooms are dark, far to many staff watching without interacting with paying visitors. The house contents are of little interest but the house and part it plays in Smallhythe as a... More

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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55 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This is a delightful place to visit. The house is so quaint with very creaky floorboards and wonderful floors that slope in all directions. There are so many things to look at that you feel that you have been introduced to the grand lady herself. The volunteers are very helpful and will give you information on her and on items... More

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London, United Kingdom
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Lovely old cottage with pretty garden. Didn't go inside the house as entrance price too expensive, but free to go round garden.

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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132 reviews 132 reviews
89 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

The high rating is for a well-done museum of this size. This ancient cottage, the country retreat of the great Victorian actress Ellen Terry, has been left in almost exactly the condition it was in when she died in 1928. Her devoted daughter immediately created a small museum, and also created a summer theater in her mother's memory. It is... More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Small with lots of history and nice mementos of Ellen Terry . the gardens are small and not anything to talk about would have been nice to be there in and evening for the small theater and see a live production.

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