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est. 2007
  1. A week of Kent: Smallhythe Place

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    The former home of Victorian actress Dame Ellen Terry, this 16th-century cottage features marvellously wonky floorboards as well as a startling array of theatre memorabilia that Terry had fastidiously collected in true magpie-style over her lifetime. Truly a woman after my own heart!

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    The old theatre costumes and props were fascinating, but I really loved
    looking at her more personal items, like the meticulous sewing kit she
    kept as well as her dressing table, laid out with trinkets and hair
    brushes.

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    The English cottage garden was also a delight, with big, old-fashioned roses and an orchard out the back. Don't miss the small National Trust second-hand book stall in the garden – I stumbled upon some excellent vintage Ladybird and wildlife books.

    Smallhythe Place

    Smallhythe, Tenterden
    Kent TN30 7NG

    Tel. 01580 762334

    • http://makedostyle.blogspot.com Make Do Style

      Looks and sounds delightful!

    • http://kickcanandconkers.blogspot.com Deb

      Looks divine – very English indeed. Reminds me of Howards End.

    • http://jo-rainbow.blogspot.com/ Jo

      I’ve been enjoying your blog, thanks for the insights into Kent – I’ve lived there for 20 years and these are places I haven’t ventured. Looking forward to exploring some of them myself 🙂

    • http://www.niftyknits.co.uk heather

      If only I’d known you were in the area I’d have baked a cake! This is very local to me, it’s a great area for walking, and of course the vineyard just along the road is also worth a visit…and maybe a taste?

    • http://countrydays.wordpress.com/ Country Days

      We’re loving your summer travelogue! You have a great eye for spotting gorgeous places and things…

    • http://basilexposition.wordpress.com Fionnuala

      Gorgeous house. Interesting that you mention Ellen Terry – she has a very small bit part in the book I’m currently reading, as a friend of Lewis Carroll.

    • Karen

      Being a theatre person myself (I edit a theatre industry magazine and am a producer), I would have loved to see photos of those memorabilia and props, but I imagine photos inside were not allowed. But the outside of the house is intriguing enough to imagine all the treasures inside!

    • http://www.deliciousindustries.blogspot.com Delicious Industries

      Ooh, Mrs Dalloway is going to be my holiday book this year, must try to get this version, as that cover is gorgeous!