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Restoration House

17-19 Crow Lane | Opposite The Vines park, Rochester ME1 1RF, England
+44 1634 848520
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Day out

Visited on a lovely summers day. Had refreshments in the small cafe on site very reasonable. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Taggert1
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Second visit - Still a memorable visit

We visited Restoration House for the second time on Friday 13 July. This is very local for us and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
pearlosborne
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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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17-19 Crow Lane | Opposite The Vines park, Rochester ME1 1RF, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited on a lovely summers day. Had refreshments in the small cafe on site very reasonable. The gardens are beautiful & still in progress lovely to have a vision. Lots of places to sit and absorb. The house is very interesting and the guides very...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Restoration House for the second time on Friday 13 July. This is very local for us and we returned to see how they had progressed with the Tudor Garden. You need to go to see the transformation. We first visited approximatley 6 years...More

4  Thank pearlosborne
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Reviewed 7 July 2018

Visited Restoration House for the first time at the beginning of June having lived in Rochester all my life but never having been in. It was lovely, the house itself was eccentric and felt a bit like an Escher drawing. My only critique of the...More

3  Thank Angua11
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Reviewed 29 June 2018

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...More

3  Thank Sandygranny
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

The house and its adjacent garden is truly unique for the way it has been restored by its owners. Don't rush through, take time to enjoy every small detail as it will really take you back to Dickens's times.

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Reviewed 29 December 2017

A wonderful house, with a beautiful garden. Well worth a visit with a guide in each room to talk you through the experience. This place drips history, from King Charles II staying here on his way back from exile to Charles Dickens Satis House in...More

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

This is the house in Charles Dickens book Great Expectations. It is a house to be visited when exploring the places in many of his books. It is a very well cared for house and a credit to its owners. Only open on Wednesdays during...More

Thank ge0ffcat
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Reviewed 26 September 2017

A truly wonderful restoration of a house which was threatened with demolition not so long ago. It is named after the fact that Charles !! visted the house on his way back into London after the monarchy was restored in Britain after the civil war....More

1  Thank Peter B
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Reviewed 23 September 2017

The old walled garden at Restoration House is a hidden gem; it includes a immaculate lawn and partarre, a pretty pond and water course, paths lead through old walls and steps to a greenhouse with geraniums and echiums, and a vegetable garden with espalliered fruit...More

Thank seashellsuzy
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

This is a real slice of history, somewhere Charles II may have stayed when he was trying to restore the monarchy after Cromwell. It has a fascinating if uncertain history and is full of antiques and memorabilia from the 17th and 18th centuries. The existing...More

Thank SimonandAnne
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