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“Perfect if you are in the area”
Review of Quebec House

Quebec House
Ranked #3 of 16 things to do in Westerham
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

I have been past QH so many times on my way somewhere else and kept meaning to pop in. Finally we managed it having made a concerted effort to go there.

As others have said - the canadian lady at the ticket office is fantastic as were the couple in the kitchen. If you go on a Sunday they are in the kitchen cooking from old recipes and you get to try out the results. The gentleman was incredibly well informed and his lamb patties were wonderful.

The house is small but you do get to see the whole of the ground floor and the best part of the first. I think that opening the upstairs floor would enhance the experience that little bit more. It is completed focused on Wolfe and you do need to have quite an interest in the subject to spend a lot of time there.

It is however a great place to pop in and soak up the atmosphere for an hour. The apple shortcake was great in the barn at the end.

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Reviewed 25 May 2014

This is a small property by NT standards, but does not make it any less worthwhile.

There is 3 hours free parking about 300 yards away, but remember to get a ticket from the machine.

Joined in a guided tour lead by a very friendly and knowledgeable lady. She pointed out little snippets of information that might not have been picked up in a self guided tour. The rooms have been made to look as much like they would have in General Wolfe's time as possible. Items from the same time that did not belong to the family are also included. This means they can be picked up and examined, making it interactive for children. Actual items that belonged to the family are protected in cases, but still on display.

The tour only runs at certain times, so check first, but would definitely recommend joining it.

There is a small second hand bookshop, with a few tables, coffee and a few cakes, but think this adds to the charm of the size of the property. There is a video exhibit, plus a small but well tended garden.

Would recommend combining this with a visit to one of the nearby properties.

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Reviewed 20 May 2014

As NT members we had visited most of the neighbouring NT attractions, but hadn't been to Quebec House as it seemed quite small compared to others, however I must say it was a real treat. A friendly and informative welcome from the lady at the entrance, then up a spiral staircase to a video presentation providing you with an insight into the life of Wolfe and his military career. This nicely prepares you for a short strole through the pretty garden to the house itself, a friendly guide greeted us and suggested the best route to take so off we went to explore each room. I must say the guides are some of the friendliest I have met and they made the experience all the more fascinating. Our visit concluded in the kitchen where there was a cookery display and the chance to sample some of Mrs Wolfes cakes, cooked using the same ingredients and utensils she would have used. All in all a lovely place to visit.

Thank Dazeout
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

sorry I love the NT but this visit didn't really do it for me, no grounds to talk about and small property. The local village of Westerham is good to look around though.

Thank 704jules
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Collette H, Public Relations Manager at Quebec House, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2014

Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your visit. The house and gardens are the same size as they were when built in in the 1500s and because of its prime location in the centre of Westerham doesn't have the grounds or fields of an estate and it's something we have tried to maintain. Qubec House, though small, has many interesting features, dramatic military history and is of great importance in connection with America that really appeal to some of our visitors.
Very sorry Quebec House wasn't your cup of tea.

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Reviewed 2 May 2014

Went here as an add on to visiting the nearby Emmett's gardens.

This is a small NT property, no NT parking except a public one about 300 yds away, 3 hours free parking.

Put aside an hour for this visit.

Reception in the Coach House, no Tea Room, just a push button Coffee machine, a few cakes and a few tables in a room with second hand books for sale. I have to say the volunteer on reception was a delight, Canadian if I had the accent right, what an angel, so upbeat, knowledgable, bubbly, she mans the whole lot, reception, makes the coffee clears the tables,washes the cups up, keeps the wood burning stove going! As well as answering all of your questions. Wonderful. Upstairs in the coach house, is a video explaining the history of General Wolfe, and lots of boring info on the walls, none of which make you want to read them.

Gardens are small, on a very busy road and have nothing of interest at all.

The house is small, but you get to see quite a few rooms. Volunteers in the rooms do there best with a raw deal. (Moaning about how its the bane of there life that everyone whizzes past Quebec House, without a glance, on the way to Chartwell) Unless you really are interested in history and General Wolfe, you will be bored. The rooms aren't very interesting architecturally, they just portray the rooms how they envisage it would of been when General Wolfe lived there, although they don't have anything original. Millions of pictures of General Wolfe dying on the battlefield. Shame all the volunteers weren't like the lady on reception as she could of brought it to life more for us, it was very hard to connect with the place.

Overall, give it a miss.

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Collette H, Public Relations Manager at Quebec House, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2014

Dear Alistair,

Very sorry to hear about your mixed view to Quebec House.

Quebec House is a small one but we try to make use of the space we have. Given that it's in the centre of Westerham with little space to expand, the property is very self contained compared to some of the other properties that can build or develop large restaurants and cafés.

We do have several visitors that come to Quebec House because of its connection to General Wolfe. James Wolfe still generates a large interest due to groups like the Wolfe society however we do receive lots of visits from people who know little on the man. The exhibition in the coach house has been deisgned to give visitors a general over view on the man and the pivotal battle at Quebec that won America.

As mentioned, the house is situated in the centre of Westerham unlike other properies that have expansive estates surrounding them. This means the gardens are small but charming with plenty of spring features and once again self contained with examples like the vegetable border.

There are some interesting features to Quebec House achitecturally. The house still retains lots of the original features of a Half Timbered Tudor House complete with beams and you can see the changes made to the house structure over the years like the blocking out of the Elizabethan window. The flood of 1968 also had a large impact upon the architecture of the house.

There are seveal originals in the house including the dressing gown worn by Wolfe at Quebec, the travelling canteen and telescope all found in the Bicentenary Room as well as military literature written by Wolfe, Tudor coats of arms and the powder cloak thought to have been worn by General Wolfe which can be found in the bedroom.

Some of the items are replicas but this adds the experience of handling items which is sometimes hard to come by in National Trust properties. These are on the handling table in the Bicentenary Room and gives visitors a chance to feel items worn and carried by men fighting in Quebec.

There are pictures of Wolfe dieing and these stem from the popularity and respect for the man. Because of the importance of the victory and his input a cult for the hero emerged and this encouraged artists to copy the original and continue the martyrdom.

Quebec House has very different visitors to Chartwell so vice versa people often pass by Chartwell to visit Quebec House.

I am glad to hear you found the volunteer as you arrived left you with a positive impression on the day and that you enjoyed your trip to Emmetts Garden. Likewise, Emmetts Garden is very different to Quebec House but just as special.

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