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Restoration House

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17-19 Crow Lane | Opposite The Vines park, Rochester ME1 1RF, England
+44 1634 848520
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what an amazing house and garden

A truly wonderful restoration of a house which was threatened with demolition not so long ago. It... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Peter B
Beautiful atmospheric old garden

The old walled garden at Restoration House is a hidden gem; it includes a immaculate lawn and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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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+44 1634 848520

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Came across this amazing house unexpectedly whilst on a day trip to Rochester. Amazing old house with lots of history. Really informative helpful tour guides who all seem to love the house & passing on their knowledge. Beautiful gardens & interesting to see the restoration...More

Thank juwren
Reviewed 8 September 2017

its is just the most amazing experience visiting restoration house, a must for everyone. so beautifully restored and lovely tea room. the custodians are amazing with their knowledge.

Thank gildawaugh
Reviewed 8 September 2017

We were visiting Kent from Australia, and spent half a day or so in Rochester (including lunch - see separate review of Ye Arrow). For me, Rochester was a bit of a revelation, as was Restoration House. Charles Dickens was a local in Rochester, and...More

Thank seagullrob
Reviewed 7 September 2017

I cannot recommend this house and gardens highly enough. The house dates from 1400s with additions in later centuries. It is stocked with antique furniture and paintings gathered by the owners. It is a 'quirky' house with many staircases!The guides in the house were well...More

Thank ellenc661
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Haven't visited Restoration House for donkeys years. What a lovely surprise .... the House is brimming with interesting furniture and paintings, and the garden is an absolute gem. It is sad so few 'locals' realise what is hidden away.. come and see. The tea room,...More

Thank Mary R
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Named Restoration House following the visit by King Charles II on the eve of the restoration of the monarchy, the owners of this property are gradually restoring it into a fine pre-Civil War town house. It abounds with fascinating treasures and artefacts that heark back...More

Thank Haynest
Reviewed 17 August 2017

This is a really wonderful house to visit if you are interested in history and stepping back in time. What is also so fascinating is that the present owners actually live there (hence I presume its restricted opening days of Thursday/Friday until September. It has...More

Thank Maureen M
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