Restoration House
Restoration House
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Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Ancient mansion house in historic Rochester. Just off the High St., this house is like entering into another world. The rooms have an historic ambience, with early surviving paint schemes and original floors, windows and furnished with fine English furniture and portraits. The gardens are exceptionally well maintained in classic English style, with immaculate lawns, yew hedges, topiary, an astonishing geometric parterre. There is a lush cutting garden which supplies flowers for the arrangements in the house. After 7 years of restoration the so called Tudor garden is emerging as an Italian water garden with statues and fountains, the water sourced from the aquifer and recycled through a gravity feed system. This private gem is open to the public on a restricted basis, on Thursdays and Fridays from the end of May to the end of September. If you're in the area (on an open day), make sure you don't miss out. This is a real treat!
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Suzanne1London
London580 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Firstly I would like to thank Robert Tucker and Jonathan Wilmott rescuing this outstanding house and for restoring with such care. not only the house but also the gardens.
We were warmly greeted by a charming lady, who advised us to visit the gardens first as a larger party were going to have a tour at 11.So, we enjoyed the gardens quirkiness, something to see around every hedge.
The house is unique and filled with so many gorgeous items, you need more than one visit to fully appreciate what there is to see.
The volunteers who tell you the history from room to room, with such enthusiasm they are a joy to listen to.
Thank you for sharing your home.
Written June 23, 2022
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Kinga K
Acton, UK269 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
This is an amazing place filled with history and historical items. It’s only open a few times a year as it is still inhabited by the owners of the property. For this reason inside the house it is prohibited to take pictures and at the entrance visitors are required to put their bags and phones/cameras in secure lockers. Once you finished visiting the house you can take your belongings and admire the beautiful gardens and take as many pictures as you like. The volunteers inside each room of the house are very knowledgeable and always happy to help. All the rooms are decorated according to the period the house belongs to and everything is refurbished and preserved to mirror the houses historical past. The gardens are beautiful and well maintained and there’s even a cafe that serves cakes tea and coffee in the gardens. It’s a magnificent place that takes you back to the past
Written July 18, 2022
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phil h
Rochester, UK64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Spent 2.5 hours here , a lovely home still lived in, the furnishings are 16th to 17th century all bought in by the current owners as the house was bought as a shell only and is being restored by them. A good history with knowledgeable custodians in the rooms to inform and guide you. Beautiful gardens and quite extensive well set out, fountains hedges and flowers. Well worth a visit.
Written June 23, 2022
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KentMrsH
Kent, UK74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Restoration House is a marvellous place to visit. It has such an interesting history and houses an eclectic mix of paintings, furniture and interesting objects. There is so much to look at in every room that you could make numerous visits and see something new every time. The room guides are friendly and happily share a wealth of information that brings the place alive. The house has an intimate feel which, I imagine, comes from the owners being in residence.
The garden is gorgeous, with different areas to wander around.
The tea and homemade cake are most enjoyable too!
Written August 10, 2023
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G07
London, UK398 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
An incredible house with beautiful gardens. Well worth a visit. There is a small cafe. The house was owned by Rod Hull who went bankrupt. Bought by Mr Tucker and Mr Wilmot who have done a wonderful job restoring the house and gardens. The staff were very informative and friendly giving information on its history and the contents.
Written September 21, 2023
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Willie_Bucket
Sidcup, UK524 contributions
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Aug 2021 • Couples
Went with my wife today as stop off on our way back home from Whitstable. The Restoration House had popped up in my fb feed and we thought it would be worth a visit. It certainly was worth visiting. It's only open Thursdays and Fridays from June to September. The house is very quirky to say the least and full of art. There are even Gainsborough and Reynolds paintings. No photos allowed in the house sadly but pics are okay in the garden. The coffees and cakes are lovely and the staff are wonderful.
Written August 13, 2021
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Mas
Rochester, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Solo
We’ve lived in Rochester for 6 years and finally managed to visit this week. The garden is so beautiful and peaceful and lots of benches and chairs dotted throughout so you can sit and take it all in. The house has been beautifully restored and the custodians are extremely friendly and knowledgeable. We spent a lot longer there than we expected. Definitely worth a visit.
Written August 7, 2021
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David T
Chatham, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Having lived in the area for many years, this is the first time I had visited . What a treat. The house itself is fascinating. Very well presented with knowledgeable volunteers on hand to give you a history of the house and it’s contents. The garden is a pure joy and so unexpected. There is no hint of the delights to be found when you see the house from the road. Given its city centre location you expect perhaps a courtyard. Instead the gardens are extensive with fountains and water features, many unusual plants and all beautifully tended. The house also has a cosy tea room. I’m so happy to find the delights of this historic location.
Written August 19, 2022
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Scillymoo
Kent, UK174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The gardens are magnificent - so many nooks and crannies to explore and surprises round every corner. Chairs dotted about the gardens to enable you to sit and enjoy each new view.

The house is beautiful and the guides are keen to share their enjoyment of it with you. A fascinating house with a rich and surprising history.

Well worth visiting.
Written August 15, 2021
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Sandygranny
Sandy, UK935 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
This was our second visit to Restoration House in Rochester. The building is steeped in history and contains many paintings and portraits by Gainsborough, Reynolds and Constable.

Once again, the stewards were pleasant and helpful and we had another enjoyable visit, viewing the English period furniture, panelling and pottery.

Restoration House is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area and the gardens are absolutely beautiful.
Written June 29, 2018
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