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“Wow, what a treasure”
Review of Restoration House

Restoration House
Ranked #6 of 43 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 17 August 2017

This is a really wonderful house to visit if you are interested in history and stepping back in time. What is also so fascinating is that the present owners actually live there (hence I presume its restricted opening days of Thursday/Friday until September. It has been very thoroughly restored and there are so many great artefacts to look at. Each room is manned individually by a very informative and helpful guide. And everything is very hands on, there are no "do not touch" signs and you can even sit on the chairs, unlike so many other old houses that are so Museum like. The garden too is not to be missed - beautiful. There is an ongoing project to one side of the garden where the Tudor Wall once stood which is showing promise of good things to come so I will definitely be going back when that is completed to see it in all its glory.

Thank Maureen M
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Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Been to Rochester many times and never new this existed until a group of us went for the day. Hidden down a side road off the high street. If you book for a group you get a very knowledgeable guide. Owned by two men as a shell they have lovingly restored the house and filled it with treasures. I highly recommend a visit, because it is also their home it is only open on Thursday and Friday during the summer.

Thank Ann M
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Reviewed 12 July 2017

Only open for 4 days a week for a few months but what a treat to see inside this wonderful property. Room stewards were very knowledgeable and everyone was very welcoming. A guide book is included in the entrance price. There is an excellent tea room and the gardens are beautiful and tranquil, with quiet places to sit and admire the surroundings. A real gem in the heart of Rochester.

1  Thank 880judithh
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Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Beautiful house only open during the summer months. Charles II stayed here on his way back to London to claim the crown. Terrific custodians in each room will answer your questions. Stunning paintings & furniture curated by the owners- hats off to them for loving this place back to life. The garden is gorgeous too. You get a good guide book as part of the £8.50 entrance price. Tea room on site. Charming.

Thank mazzaintazza
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Reviewed 3 July 2017

We were so grateful the lady running the B&B we were staying in recommended visiting Restoration House. We hadn't heard of it before.

All the staff were so friendly and knowledgeable about the house and its history and gladly told you everything you needed to know and more!

The entrance price is very good £8.50 for non oaps! £7.50 for oaps and that price includes an excellent guide book!

I take my hat off to the two men responsible for saving the house and transforming it into how it is today - what a magnificent legacy to leave! Thank you!

The house isn't too large so you don't get 'painting' or 'furnitured' out! - every room is a treat to see.

The gardens are delightful, and we are hoping to return next year to see how far the gardens, being restored to their original glory behind the adjacent house to Restoration House, have come along... that's one heck of an undertaking.

We spent about 2 hours at the house... SO worth while visiting when it is open in the summer months.

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