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.
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.
When visited: 2011
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