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“Very interesting old history of theatre”
Review of Smallhythe Place

Smallhythe Place
Ranked #4 of 18 things to do in Tenterden
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Tahmoor, Australia
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113 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Very interesting old history of theatre”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Never having heard of Ellen Terry it was interesting to see her costumes and photographs of most of the parts she played in her 50+ years on the stage from 1857 to 1907 and to read what other famous actors of the time had to say about her life. The house is very old and has the original furniture which was there when she died. It was established as a museum to her by her daughter Edith also an actor in her own right who died in 1947. The exhibits included many of her costumes and jewellery as well as her papers giving her the Order of the Garter from Kong George V
The house offers a garden with tranquil seating and I watched the crowd of butterflies bouncing around the buddlia bushes as we rested after the house tour. The Barn Theatre is in the ground and so is some detail regarding ship building which somehow was allied to this place.
The parking for the site was 200 yards down the road by the church of St John the Baptist which we entered and enjoyed the serene atmosphere and admired the excellent stained glass windows therein.
This is a National Trust establishment so if you are a member of any country's National Trust you will be able to enter free of charge.

Visited September 2013
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London England
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28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“Thank you very much”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

As we were staying in Brede over the weekend, we decided to visit Ellen Terry's home, what a good choice. The house is amazing, with lots of information about Ellen Terry, Edith Craig, her daughter and Sir Henry Irving, her leading man. We spent a good hour reading about them and immersing ourselves in the atmosphere, wonderful. After the house we strolled around the gardens and met Roger a beekeeper, who delighted us with his stories and knowledge of bees, we left him, determined to buy even more plants for our garden that attracted bees. Even though there was a beer and music festival taking place whilst we were there this did not spoil our enjoyment of Smallhythe.
I would like to thank the person who found my wallet and the staff, who held onto it and my camera, that I inadvertently left by the till when I purchased some postcards. I didn't realise I had left them behind until I got back to Brede, Thank You all so much! It's nice to know there are still some honest people in the world!

Visited August 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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“Best holiday memories”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

We attended 'The Importance of Being Earnest' in the Barn Theatre and enjoyed two intervals with refreshments during the wonderful production. The naturalness of the audience was so good - everyone there to see the play and not to be seen to be there, as you get at some of these things. Next day we went back and toured the house and garden, which was enchanting and enormously interesting. The beetle-wing dress was a highlight, and the natural garden a delight to eat afternoon tea in. Staff and cafe all good.

Visited July 2013
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Rochester, United Kingdom
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“Interesting Visit”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

We've driven past Smallhythe Place so many times, and have now stopped to visit at last. A really interesting building and full of old-world charm. Ellen Terry (not high on my list of must do's), turned out to have had a really fascinating life story, and being related to the Gielguds making it even more so. Worth a look, and the volunteers looking after the place were really helpful and friendly. Worth an hour's stop.

Visited August 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
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“Had not realised Helen was related to Gielgood”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

Noticed Smallhythe was near Sissinghurst so ended our long day at a third NT property. Glad we did, the guides were really informative and we could visualise Helen and friends enjoying their life here. Almost seasick walking down the sloping bedroom floor. Nice to see a collection of costumes with lots of informtaion on view. Not a grand property - one you felt you could have lived in with a delightul cottage garden.

The Barn Theatre must have lots of tales to tell of the actors who have played there in the past. Plays are still enacted here if we were lucky enough to live locally we would be going to one.

Good cafe here with some tables set out in the garden.

Free for NT members.

Visited July 2013
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