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“An Underappreciated Gem”

Titsey Place and Gardens
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Oxted
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

Titsey Place deserves to be much better known. There are not that many historic country houses open to the public within the M25. Other reviewers have drawn attention to the gardens, and I don't think I can better Veronica H's description of these, except to add that you can wander into the heated greenhouses too, and the variety of veg is impressive. They even put out sample veggies for you to take home, entirely free of chage (donation invited).

The setting is marvellous. The house is set in its Park, sheltered from the north by the scarp slope of the North Downs, here clothed in a thick plantation. It is hard to accept that this is only 20 miles from Central London. The M25 actually passes very close the park but from the house and garden, only a very distant hum is audible.

Now for the house. I have to disagree with Kent Starrider's review in every respect. The house is not typical at all, but a very individual specimen. It is essentially a 1775 Georgian structure, but its brickwork was (perhaps regretably) rendered with Roman cement in 1826, and a tower added on the north side in 1856. This is not the sort of house where you can wander round on your own. You can only see it on guided tours. These take about 50-55 minutes and I doubt whether anyone with a sense of history, or an appreciation of antique furniture/paintings/ ceramics, or for that matter of the story of a fascinating family, would find them "pretentious, tedious and boring". It is probably not a good idea to bring young chidren into the house, although they will enjoy the gardens. There was no offensive "stink". The house is now inhabited and well-aired.

The tea room has been justly praised by other reviewers. But bear in mind that its design, under a glass roof, makes it better suited to cooler weather, not the hot summer weather we have had in 2013. There are some outside tables, but not many.

Kent Starrider's review also mentioned the pot-holed access. I have to point out that it is the public road leading to the Park which is potholed (although you can with care steer round them and only careless driving is likely to cause any damage). The estate road leading across the park to the parking area by the tea room is well surfaced throughout. So blame the local council, not Titsey estate!

There is also the church of St James to see. It is by the Victorian architect Pearson and although disused (apart from one service a year) it is well maintained.

The House and gardens are only open from mid May to the end of September, and only on Wenesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. But at other times you can explore parts of the Park and the Titsey plantation on foot if you are well shod and prepared for steep muddy paths.

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Reviewed 26 August 2013

Its Bank holiday and wanted somewhere to go. Had thought of Titsey before as is local but had no idea how big it is . Wonderful gardens to wander round a lake to amble round and a very interesting house to have a guided tour of. Being localish made it all the more interesting. Lovely tearooms too. Its not open all week and has a fairly short season so you need to be aware of opening times if you want to go in the house. Which is well worth it. But the grounds are open more often. It has its own trust so is kept going by this. If you like a good old fashioned sunday afternoon cream tea in beautiful surroundings then this is ideal.. Highly recommend as a place to visit. I will go back.

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Reviewed 25 August 2013

My friend and I only had time to see the gardens and visit the cafe. We started in the walled garden - a feast of colour in itself: sweet peas, gladioli, sunflowers (didn't realise they came in pom-pom form or in colours other than yellow) and cornflowers to name but a few. Also many different typs of veg. On to topiary, formal borders, a waterfall, fountain, mini lake with huge carp and mini temple. Then the cafe: modern design with main seating under cover but with a ceiling with skylights and outside seating on an attractive patio. Reasonable prices too (like the admission charge). We had the cream tea but the cakes looked divine too. Best of all in many ways was the gorgeous backdrop of the north downs and green rolling countryside. Even the weather was on our side - after the previous day being such a wash-out.

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Reviewed 22 August 2013

First things first. The road there has more pot holes than surface and is dangerouse to two wheeled traffic and could damage a cars suspension and tyres. Now Titsey place itself. Upon first arrival It looks very pretty and the grounds and garden are very well kept. Plenty of variety and colour. The tea room is of a good standard if a little limited, tea,coffee and a piece of cake. Its the house thats the trouble. It is very unimpressive from the outside. Just a cement rendered house that is typical of its age. The trouble begins if you opt for the guided tour. It was very pretentious, tedious and boring. I just want to look, not have the history of every speck of dust in the building. It stinks inside as well. We walked out during room two before we fell asleep

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