Garden Visit – Restoration House, Rochester
Restoration House, Rochester
Thursday 5 July 2018, 2pm
This event is for members only and must be pre-booked.
Hidden behind this historic town house is an unusually large walled garden of 3/4 acre, divided by a brick wall into two distinct parts. These include formal and productive areas, with a box parterre, herbaceous border, lawns, pond, 19th century greenhouse and oak framed potting shed. In addition there is a vegetable and cutting garden, yew topiary and a Mediterranean garden, while the seven-year rebuilding of an Italian Mannerist water garden is now nearing completion.
A tour of the house is also available for an extra charge. Restoration House was originally two medieval buildings, which were combined and enlarged to its present form in the late 16th or early 17th century. It takes its name from the stay of Charles II on his way to London following his Restoration in 1660, and in recent years some of the decorations created for this occasion have been uncovered. It was also the inspiration for Satis House, home of Miss Havisham in Great Expectations.
Admission: £11 – house, garden, guided tour and guide book (must be pre-booked).
£4.50 – garden only.
£3.50 – tea and cake (proceeds to charity, must be pre-booked).
There is a booking form in the Winter 2018 Newsletter.