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“Get that Charles Dickens feeling!”
Review of Restoration House

Restoration House
Ranked #6 of 39 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 1 June 2014

A lovely historical house lovingly restored by 2 gentlemen. This is the house mentioned in Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations and you can just feel the atmosphere. Don't leave without looking round the lovingly tended gardens and do stop for tea and cake in the tea rooms. A lovely place to visit.

Thank Marion C
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

The building is very interesting. However it is over-filled with paintings and artefacts, many of which are of unknown origin. It would be better to have less items and focus more on matching them with the restoration period and knowing their background.

The staff were helpful and friendly, however they did allow their time to be monopolised by one couple.

It is quite an interesting house, but slightly over-priced considering the lack of information and poor display of many of the artefacts. We got the impression that someone had bought a job-lot of antiques to fill the house.

3  Thank Vinkent
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

Unusually , this beautiful house and gardens,the inspiration for Miss Favershams house in Dickens Great Expectations, is still lived in. The present owners have done an amazing job in furnishing what I believe was an empty building when they bought it , folling the rooms with furniture and decorations of a date and style appropriate to the period. And they live in it!. Odd to see , for example,a modermn alarm clock by the bed!. Staffed by volunteers and only open a few days a year , it is well worth a visit , especially if you are interested in Dickens. The Restoration in the name is a reference to King Charles who stayed there on his return to London and the crown.

Thank Cambsmusiclover
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

This wasn't so much a museum, but more a repository for an antique furniture shop. Some furniture was out of place for the rooms they was in.

There was some weird attempt to restore the house to the 17th Century and not show how the house had evolved. The furnishings and portraiture covered various centuries, but in the Kings Bedchamber the owners are attempting to cover up exquisite pre-Raphealite style panels created by one of the former owners.

A nice attempt at a house restoration, but a better version can be seen at the Chapter House in York; where house furnishing evolution has been excepted.
Documented history shows no firm evidence that Charles II stayed in the house.

1  Thank TerrythePotter
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

Really surprsing to find this mini stately home tucked away off Rochester High St. Intriguing old house, beautifully restored by the current owners and very well presented to the public (no awful guided tours and an excellent, informative guide book included in the admission charge.

Thank 3fr5
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