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“An Oasis of Tranquility and Beauty”
Review of Michelham Priory

Michelham Priory
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Arlington
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Owner description: Michelham Priory is an historic house and gardens dating back to the 13th Century. Inside the house you can discover the history of the site from Medieval times right up to its use during WW2. Hands on activities, trails and dressing up keep the children amused!Outside we have extensive gardens, moat, working watermill, forge, Elizabethan barn, playground, and replica Bronze age roundhouse.At the weekends you can have a go at archery with the Bowmen, and recently opened in 2013 is the interactive Medieval gallery in the gatehouse.Many special events run throughout the season, please check the website for details.Michelham Priory has ample parking, shop, cafe and picnic area.
Weybridge, United Kingdom
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213 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“An Oasis of Tranquility and Beauty”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

My lady picked this place out of the blue and were we glad she did. We were on our way from Pevensey and had time to spare.
The entrance itself is stunning a walkway over the moat and through the portal, on the right are steps to the guardhouse quite high up not for the infirm at all but well worth the climb. The view from the top window in particular is wonderful of course we had brilliant sunshine it might be different in Winter.
Once wwe came down we were met by a spectacular view of the Priory at ground level. The Priory has had extensive refurbishment after a fire gutted it but it had all been restored to what it was like before hand and very impressive it is. Although Ightham Mote is larger in both grounds and buildings, the Priory had the same feel to it, you can imagine it being lived in all those years ago.
The furniture is authentic and very well looked after and arranged as it would have been in the times of its use. Unlike most medieval houses this house has plenty of light coming in through the windows. It was a very enjoyable walk round immersed in the history of the time with no crowds which is good and bad, good for us who enjoy these places however not so good for the Priory which has need of funds to keep it in such great condition.
The grounds are extensive and very well laid out with much to take in, a truly impressive sight to walk round. Any kids that go there should be taken to the Kitchen Garden so that they can see where their apples,strawberries and all the rest of their good food is cultivated albeit on a small scale.
The restaurant was extremely clean and well laid out we only wanted a light lunch so ordered accordingly. We had enough on our plates to last us through till the next morning and it was delicious and very well priced. Unfortunately they did not stock wines so I had to make do with bottled shandy and my lady with water, not a problem. The staff were very cheery and well turned out they served the food in a very professional way.
All in all a very good time was had and we were unhappy to leave but had to get home, I cannot emphasise too much about what a delight it was to visit this exquisite little gem of a place

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“Wow what a surprisingly good day”
Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

We had an amazing day so much to do
and really hands on. The gardens are beautiful and the house has loads to see and really interesting
.

Visited August 2013
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Unexpectedly good”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

The house and gardens are beautifully kept and the interior and its displays interesting and well presented. Toilets clean and café excellent. A excellent day out in the quite countryside.

Visited August 2013
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Ashford, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great Day Out”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

Beautiful former Priory more recently a house for evacuees in WW2, surrounded by beautiful gardens and moat. The staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable, the facilities impeccable, and the cafe was clean, 'the chicken leek and ham pie we ate was delicious'.

Visited August 2013
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Sevenoaks
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“very enjoyable day out”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

A beautifully restored priory in an idyllic setting, It gives a real sense of the different times when the priory was active from the middle ages to Evacuees in WW2. We went to the Sussex Guild Crafts show and that was an added bonus which happens every August. We had lunch in the cafe was was a bit busy but sandwiches were ok. We look forward to going back soon.

Visited August 2013
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