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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