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Lamb House

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Address: Lamb House West Street, Rye TN31 7ES, England
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+44 1892 890651
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Georgian House in the centre of "old" Rye

We came especially to see this house as it closes for the winter. Although there are only 3 rooms and the garden to see the ambience was comfortable and interesting.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 November 2016
Christine R
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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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Comines, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

This hidden gem is not obvious from the outside. As a National Trust member & long term former resident of Rye, I had never before visited this place. However it's well worth taking the time. The garden is really lovely, & must be very warm in the Summer.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Found this by accident on one of our days out in East Sussex. Beautiful town house with some very interesting history. Home to a great many visitors over the years including Rudyard Kipling and H.G Wells and it was the house seen in the Mapp and Lucia' BBC series. Very much worth a visit and a nice garden to boot!

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Thank mjmuk1
East Molesey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

First visit to see this pretty Georgian house tucked away in the stunning cobbled streets of Rye old town. The house is interesting and there is plenty to read it provides real Insight into social history and the many literary guests who enjoyed hospitality over the lifetime of the owner. Only the ground floor was open as it's work in... More 

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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We came especially to see this house as it closes for the winter. Although there are only 3 rooms and the garden to see the ambience was comfortable and interesting.

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Thank Christine R
london
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

If you are a fan of Henry James or EF Benson then this is unmissable. The fictional setting for much of Mapp and Lucia and the high spot is the garden - especially on a sunny day - take a book and read awhile. Great NT info inside and particularly helpful volunteers to give you the history.

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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Small NT house but worth a visit when in Rye. Friendly staff. Lovely walled garden to wander around. Interesting portraits of famous people in hall.

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Thank BargeeGirl
Eastbourne, Sussex
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

just a few rooms on the ground floor are open, plus tea and cakes in the garden. house left as it was when Henry James lived there. other authors who lived there include Rimmer Godden and E. F. Nemson. one of NT hidden houses, not always open to the public.

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1 Thank MaureenReevves
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Overcharged by £1 for tea and scones? I'd happily reimburse you their error. Delightful place. Beautiful gardens, wonderful family home feel.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

This 18th century Georgian House is now in the ownership of the National Trust, but it was built in 1722 by a wealthy wine merchant, James Lamb, hence the name. It was the home to Henry James from 1897 to1916 and later to E.F. Benson of the ' Mapp and Lucia' novels. In 1726, King George 1 actually sheltered there... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Went to Lamb House on Saturday didnt spend long looking at three rooms went outside to gardens had to press a bell and wait for service for refreshments. Very nice it was we had a scone jam and cream £3 a slice of lemon drizzle cake £2:two teas £5 and if my reckoning is right the total is £10 when... More 

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