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“Pleasant but small attraction”
Review of Lamb House

Lamb House
Ranked #14 of 44 things to do in Rye
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

Lamb House was very nice but small only three rooms you were able to view and the garden was spoilt having a large marquee in the grounds. A guide book and postcards were available but a bit spoilt by the fact you couldn't go upstairs but quite interesting.

1  Thank Linda S
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"henry james"
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"open to the public"
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"three rooms"
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"interesting house"
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"american author"
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"the ground floor"
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

Last time we visited, the staff of this National Trust place seemed not to want to know about E.F.Benson, who also lived in the property for many years with his brother and whilst there wrote many books, including the increasingly famous Mapp and Lucia books, for which Lamb House doubles as "Mallards". This visit, not only did the staff know about Benson, there were also some of his books on sale. A tip to the National Trust. Many people visiting this venue will be more interested in Benson than in Henry James, so why not face the fact. In particular, you could make extra money by having on sale AA photograph on the interior of the Garden Room, a place no longer extant but which plays a central point in the Mapp and Lucia books. Also, whi
Y not a small sign to show where the Garden Room actually stood ( it was bombed during the last war) and also show where Mapp's and later Lucrecia's "secret Garden" was. If you know where it was, you can still find the bricked up entrance to it, but why not point it out to the many Bensonites who visit the property?
It reeks of snobbery for the National Trust to play down the Benson connection.

8  Thank Fragosiriani
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

If you're a fan of Henry James (I'm not!) and a fan of E.F.Benson (I am!) then you will love this place. Middle of the old town of Rye (or Tilling!) and exactly as Freddie described in his Mapp & Lucia books. Beautiful gardens too. I WANT TO LIVE THERE!

3  Thank michelle186311
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

This National Trust house and garden are only open two afternoons a week, but well worth a visit to find out about the famous authors that lived here and the history of the house. The garden is a tranquil oasis in the centre of Rye.

Thank iceman123EastSussex
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

A small but interesting house where various authors lived. Ground floor rooms only so only a short visit. Lovely town garden, with plenty of furniture to sit and have a pleasant afternoon tea

Thank sooots
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