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“Fascinating, beautiful house and garden”
Review of Restoration House

Restoration House
Ranked #7 of 24 things to do in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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!
Reviewed 19 June 2013

I visited on the Saturday during the Rochester Dickens Festival (it's usually only open on Thursdays & Fridays), whilst the entry fee is not cheap one can only begin to appreciate what the maintenance costs must be to maintain this wonderful historic home. For the ticket price you receive a detailed guide which allows a slight discount on repeat visits. I certainly thought it was worth the visit as the interior is stunning and the history is fascinating. The were volunteers in each room who were extremely knowlegable and even the owner was on hand to talk to visitors about the mammoth task of renovating and refurnishing it over the last 20 years. The garden is also splendid and immaculately kept, clearly a lot of thought has gone into the design both in terms of the planting and the landscaping. For anyone not interested in the house the garden alone can be visited for a reduced fee.

Date of experience: June 2013
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

I was in Rochester during the Dickens Festival in early June and it was NOT open!!! Amazing! It is open only two days a week during certain months only. Check the website. Even if it's not open, it's worth a stroll in front of it (just a short walk from Rochester High Street) and across the street to the park there.

Date of experience: June 2013
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Reviewed 4 October 2012

Visited last year and even better this time with a wonderful extension planned to an already remarkable garden.
This will be a yearly visit to see the progress.
We are members of both English Heritage & National Trust and have never been disappointed with any of their premises visited.
This is something different, a living house with Robert, one of the owners on hand to speak to visitors plus knowledgable staff in every room.
There is so much to enjoy and it is evolving all the time.
Thank you Robert - look forward to the next visit.

Date of experience: September 2012
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