Smallhythe Place (Kent) – how come it hasn’t fallen down?

About 20 minutes away from Great Dixter (another wood-framed building) is the National Trust-owned Smallhythe Place, which looks like it would have fallen down a long time ago if the NT hadn’t stepped in.

It serves as a museum for Ellen Terry, a famous Shakespearean actress from the late 19th/early 20th century.

There’s 6 rooms to visit: kitchen, sitting room, bedroom, exhibition room, upstairs nothing room and library, full of memorabilia.  There’s a barn in the garden where plays take place and where we watched a family of baby swallows about to fledge from the rafters.

Upstairs - all a bit wonky

The garden is mainly lawn and orchards, with some rambling roses to the front.

There’s no cafe, except when performances are scheduled.

We visited here in 40 minutes; it’s a stop off rather than a destination.  At £7 (in 2011), you might only want to stop by if you are a National Trust member or have a deep passion for 16th century timber buildings/Ellen Terry.

House: **

Garden: *

When visited: 2011

Website: click here

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