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Interesting collection and gorgeous afternoon tea

Spendta couple of hours exploring this lovely house and vast collection ranging from Scottish... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2018
Escape392885
A Fascinating History

Although it is called Castle it started as a house with Tudor origins that became a castle. In WW2... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2018
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A charming, unique English country house and accredited museum, home to the late Denys Eyre Bower's fascinating collection of art & antiquities, and serving scrumptious cream teas in our traditional Tea Room, as well as being an award-winning...more
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Chiddingstone Castle Hill Hoath Road, Chiddingstone TN8 7AD, England
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All reviews tea room cream tea scones worth a visit afternoon tea vintage fair eclectic collection owned by the national trust suits of armour wooden bridge herbaceous borders light lunch on display cake mulled wine nice grounds nice walk
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Reviewed 29 October 2018

Denys Eyre Bower lived his life collecting a vast array of objects from all over the world. Each room has a different collection. I was most interested in his Egyptian collection which turns out to be mostly quite an array of good quality fakes. There...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 27 October 2018

Spendta couple of hours exploring this lovely house and vast collection ranging from Scottish history to Japanese samurai armery followed by a great afternoon tea. A lovely day!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 23 October 2018

Staff very helpful and welcoming. Denys Eyre Bower's collection is varied and he is excessively lauded in every room and his rather obsessive nature comes over loud and clear. However, the 'gardens' are rather non-existent. The nearby Village, Church and the Chiding Stone are all...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 15 October 2018

Spent pleasant few hours exploring the house and gardens.Well worth the admission.The staff were very helpful and made us welcome.Had a lovely cream tea with friends and found the story of the eccentric former owner in 50 s fascinating.Good value for money but probably not...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 11 October 2018

Although it is called Castle it started as a house with Tudor origins that became a castle. In WW2 it was a military base and then in 1955 it was purchased by a bank clerk called Denys Eyre Bower for £6,000, borrowing the whole sum...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

We had a nice walk around The gardens And woods (suggested donation £2). We didn’t go inside The castle, but you needed tickets for this. Beautiful flowers.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

Stopped off with the family one Sunday, quite late in the afternoon, but the staff welcomed us in and were happy to serve us anyway. Only a small, classic menu but varied enough to please us. Really nice, freshly made sandwiches and lovely teas in...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

My wife and I went here mid week this is a private funded house and well worth a vist.The collections in the house are a true reflection of an old fashion explorer.Wonderful views from inside and outside of the house,but the best was to come...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 20 September 2018

I was bought Cream Tea for Two at a Castle for my birthday. The only castle in the South that was part of the deal was Chiddingstone. I had never heard of it and didn't have the highest expectations. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

Looked at the map and found Chiddingstone Castle looked on INET and it was open so drove from Caterham and we're delighted by the country run down and the castle when we arrived. It's not very old although the first house here was in 15...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Anna S
30 July 2018|
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Response from john g | Reviewed this property |
There must be a website, or phone number. When we were there the castle was closed and the entire area was deserted - it was bliss. We just enjoyed strolling around the grounds and admiring the flowers along the perimeter... More
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Response from Palaeontology | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I answered the wrong question! I believe you get fishing permits from the Casle reception.
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Kris E
28 May 2018|
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Response from john g | Reviewed this property |
Put some money in the honesty box by the gates in the village. There was nobody around when we were there. I suppose you have to pay to visit the castle.
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