St. Mary's House & Gardens
St. Mary's House & Gardens
5
Thursday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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A restored pilgrim Inn dating from 1470, this half-timbered house has a wealth of interest and some unique painted and decorated rooms dating from Tudor times. It sits in 5 acres of gardens and has been lovingly restored by the present owners. Open May-Sept, Sundays, Thursdays, Bank Holiday Mondays, plus Wednesdays in August
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Bartonbears
    Coffs Harbour, Australia1,940 contributions
    Stunning survivor of a past age
    This is a fabulous place to visit. History comes alive when you stand in front of the fireplace where pilgrims warmed themselves before travelling on to the great cathedrals like Canterbury. Every room oozes charm and a sense of timelessness. Our visit was greatly enhanced by being shown around by the owners who did so much to restore and maintain this national asset. They revealed hidden passageways and brought the characters associated with this home to life. We were particularly fascinated by the connections to Oscar Wilde and The Importance of Being Earnest. Whether the owners are there or a volunteer shows you around you will be enchanted by your visit. There is also a tearoom and gardens. Highly recommended. (Note: no photographs can be taken inside.)
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 May 2023
  • Shipahoyahoy
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom559 contributions
    Fascinating house and gardens in a lovely setting
    Fascinating house with an eclectic collection of items on display. Parking available but we used the free public car park in the lovely little village, just a few minutes walk from the house. The volunteers friendly and informative. Volunteer Jeffery very informative when we were in the music room. An unexpected extension to the Tudor House. A4 cards in rooms giving brief information about some artefacts on display. I think worth five stars but a lack of in-depth information for many displays, or a guide book, was a bit frustrating. What is the connection with HMS Victory and with Napoleon? We didn't discover.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 August 2023
  • thecriticalcook
    Horley, United Kingdom77 contributions
    Such an interesting house
    Such an interesting house and really bought to life by the knowledgeable guides . Fascinating history and some intriguing collections belonging to the owners . We were fortunate in that the owners were around during our visit and happy to answer questions. We had a lovely chat with one of the gentlemen in the music room . The weather was good when we visited and we enjoyed the beautiful gardens before stopping for tea and delicious cake in the tea room . A most enjoyable afternoon.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 August 2023
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thecriticalcook
Horley, UK77 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Such an interesting house and really bought to life by the knowledgeable guides . Fascinating history and some intriguing collections belonging to the owners .
We were fortunate in that the owners were around during our visit and happy to answer questions. We had a lovely chat with one of the gentlemen in the music room .
The weather was good when we visited and we enjoyed the beautiful gardens before stopping for tea and delicious cake in the tea room .
A most enjoyable afternoon.
Written 8 August 2023
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Shipahoyahoy
Portsmouth, UK559 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Fascinating house with an eclectic collection of items on display. Parking available but we used the free public car park in the lovely little village, just a few minutes walk from the house. The volunteers friendly and informative. Volunteer Jeffery very informative when we were in the music room. An unexpected extension to the Tudor House. A4 cards in rooms giving brief information about some artefacts on display. I think worth five stars but a lack of in-depth information for many displays, or a guide book, was a bit frustrating. What is the connection with HMS Victory and with Napoleon? We didn't discover.
Written 7 August 2023
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Bartonbears
Coffs Harbour, Australia1,940 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
This is a fabulous place to visit. History comes alive when you stand in front of the fireplace where pilgrims warmed themselves before travelling on to the great cathedrals like Canterbury. Every room oozes charm and a sense of timelessness. Our visit was greatly enhanced by being shown around by the owners who did so much to restore and maintain this national asset. They revealed hidden passageways and brought the characters associated with this home to life. We were particularly fascinated by the connections to Oscar Wilde and The Importance of Being Earnest. Whether the owners are there or a volunteer shows you around you will be enchanted by your visit. There is also a tearoom and gardens. Highly recommended. (Note: no photographs can be taken inside.)
Written 28 May 2023
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louisewomble
chatham, kent116 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Just a beautiful place to visit.....the house and gardens.
My daughter got married here and everything was just perfect!
Written 5 September 2022
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LDPatrick
Worthing, UK7 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
What a wonderful place to visit, so interesting and a beautiful garden to stroll around. A must if you are interested in history, poetry and music or even if you are looking for a corner of happiness for an afternoon.
Written 15 November 2021
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Markhartshorn
Plymouth, UK32 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Stunning grounds and house. Perhaps a bit more history of the house it’s self as well as the families own artefacts would have made the visit more interesting. Disappointed with tea shop that sold only cake and as I’m gluten free, there was nothing I could eat.
Written 4 August 2021
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Nelliekay
Brighton and Hove, UK110 contributions
Sep 2020
Went here after a recommendation from a friend and very please I did. Friendly greeting. Covid measures in place, paths clearly sign posted. But plenty of room so more or less free to wander where we wanted. All visitors respectful of social distancing. Chairs dotted around the gardens, so tranquil to sit listening to the trees rustling etc,
Staff were friendly and informative. Warm enough to sit in the gardens with tea and delicious cakes.
Was told June is the best month to visit so shall be back next year when hopefully Covid free!
Written 21 September 2020
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Gustavo14
Yateley, UK30 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
We had a fantastic experience, the gardens were intimate, colourful and peaceful. Attention to detail was excellent with friendly and informative staff. A step back in time.
Written 10 September 2020
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So pleased you enjoyed your visit - please come back and see us again when we hope the House will be open next year.
Written 15 September 2020
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roncole_uk
Knutsford, UK119 contributions
Aug 2020
Lovely gardens with tea room.
Unfortunately the house is closed at present due to Covid but the gardens were delightful. It’s £6 per head with no discounts.
Written 4 August 2020
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So pleased you enjoyed your visit - please come back and see us again when we hope the House will be open next year.
Written 15 September 2020
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PCSensei
West Sussex, UK285 contributions
Dec 2019
We visited in the summer, and were bowled over by the beauty of the gardens which have a delightfully intimate feel. Visiting in the winter meant we were able to enjoy the log fires in the old house and the Christmas decorations - truly a place for all seasons.
Written 3 January 2020
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  • Sun - Sun 14:00 - 18:00
  • Thu - Thu 14:00 - 18:00

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