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“Beautiful atmospheric old garden”
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 23 September 2017

The old walled garden at Restoration House is a hidden gem; it includes a immaculate lawn and partarre, a pretty pond and water course, paths lead through old walls and steps to a greenhouse with geraniums and echiums, and a vegetable garden with espalliered fruit trees. You can climb up a tower and get a wonderful view of the house and gardens, and see what looks like a very large new exciting landscaping project under construction on a lower level. Theres also a small tea room in lovely old kitchen with handmade cakes. A peaceful and beautiful place to visit, just a few steps from the high street in Rochester.

Thank seashellsuzy
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"charles ii"
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"great expectations"
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"present owners"
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"stayed here"
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"satis house"
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"period furniture"
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"gardens are absolutely beautiful"
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"tudor garden"
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"old house"
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"beautiful house"
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"tea room"
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"room stewards"
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"thursday and friday"
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"pre civil war"
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

This is a real slice of history, somewhere Charles II may have stayed when he was trying to restore the monarchy after Cromwell. It has a fascinating if uncertain history and is full of antiques and memorabilia from the 17th and 18th centuries.
The existing gardens are lovely. But the thing that really impressed us were the new gardens under construction. They were fascinating and made even more so by our conversation with Geoffrey one of the two men with the vision ability and resources to make this project succeed

Thank SimonandAnne
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Reviewed 15 September 2017

Came across this amazing house unexpectedly whilst on a day trip to Rochester. Amazing old house with lots of history. Really informative helpful tour guides who all seem to love the house & passing on their knowledge.
Beautiful gardens & interesting to see the restoration of parts of the garden that are ongoing.

Thank juwren
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

its is just the most amazing experience visiting restoration house, a must for everyone. so beautifully restored and lovely tea room. the custodians are amazing with their knowledge.

Thank gildawaugh
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

We were visiting Kent from Australia, and spent half a day or so in Rochester (including lunch - see separate review of Ye Arrow). For me, Rochester was a bit of a revelation, as was Restoration House.
Charles Dickens was a local in Rochester, and Restoration House was, in his mind, the "Satis House" in "Great Expectations".
Not content with literary mentions in Dickens's work, Rochester even gets a brief mention in Ian Fleming's famous James Bond book "Goldfinger"!
Charles II also stayed here at Restoration House in 1660 on the eve of his restoration - hence the name.
Such history and such an interesting building.

Thank seagullrob
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