Smallhythe Place is a medieval house in Kent that was owned by famous Victorian actress, Ellen Terry. Built in the early sixteenth century, Smallhythe Place has a rich and varied history that spans from shipbuilding and farming, to later being frequented by theatrical and literary greats of the 20th century.
Now this historic house is home to hundreds of theatrical costumes, memorabilia and Ellen’s personal belongings. Her dramatic presence lives on in the Barn Theatre that hosts a variety of performances and events throughout the year. Joined to the theatre is the tearoom, where visitors can enjoy a bite to eat whilst looking out onto fields of green. The traditional cottage garden has an orchard, nuttery, ponds with protected wildlife, and a rose garden with over 50 breeds of England’s signature flower.
Smallhythe Place is open from 1 March – 29 October and has a number of exciting events on offer. From children’s crafts and open-air theatre, to exhibitions and in-depth talks, there’s plenty to get involved with this year.