Smallhythe Place & Cream Tea ~ National Trust

Smallhythe Place & Cream Tea ~ National Trust

Join us on a day trip to visit National Trust's Smallhythe Place, Tenterden and enjoy a Cream Tea in their café. Image © Copyright N Chadwick and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Join us on a day trip to visit National Trust's Smallhythe Place, Tenterden, a Theatrical gem in the Weald of Kent.


The House

Smallhythe Place is an early 16th Century timber framed building thought to have been built following a fire at Smallhythe in 1514. It was a building with public access and was associated with the thriving shipbuilding industry that existed at Smallhythe for over 200 years. Following the silting up of the River Rother the building was used as a farm house. It remained so until 1899 when it was purchased by the Victorian actress Ellen Terry. The house became her family home for nearly 30 years, until her death in 1928. The house was opened by Ellen's daughter Edith Craig in 1929 as a me-morial to her mother. The National Trust supported the museum from 1939, with Edy at the helm, and took over the property when she died in 1947. Smallhythe Place contains many personal and theatrical items, including a selection of sumptuous costumes, dating from Ellen's time at the Lyceum Theatre, including the famous Lady Macbeth Beetle wing dress.


The Garden

The pretty cottage grounds provide a diverse and interesting environment for plants and wildlife, and are managed almost wholly organically. There is an orchard, a nuttery, two ponds and Ellen’s rose garden which consists of old varieties of roses, none post dating 1928. In spring a lovely display of daffodils and Snake's Head fritillaries welcomes our visitors. Eighty percent of the garden is managed for wildlife, the two ponds are home to Marsh frogs and great crested newts; brown long eared bats and pipperstral bats reside in the roof of the barn and the house. Rare plants include the adders tongue fern.


We then depart to Tenterden for some free time, before we head back home.


National Trust Members = £23.00

Entrance included = Adult £31.50, Child (5-16yrs) £27.00


Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Bulverhythe Eastbound Bus stop bottom of Harley Shute
Bulverhythe (Eastbound)
Church St Southbound Bus stop Church Street, (A2270) Southbound
Cutter Hastings Cutter Public House, Hastings Seafront
Glyne Gap Eastbound Bus stop by Glyne Gap Garage
Bexhill (Eastbound)
Green Street Bus stop outside the Co-Op Green St, Eastbourne
Hailsham High Street Bus stop Hailsham High Street
in front of Waitrose
Hastings Eastbound Bus stop by roundabout near Iceland (Breeds Place)
Hastings (Eastbound)
Judges Postcards Bus stop Judges Postcards, Bulverhythe
Bulverhythe (Eastbound)
Langney Langney Footbridge bus stop, near petrol station
Laycock Pharmacy Bus Stop by Laycock Pharmacy, Ore
Little Common Eastbound Bus stop by Wheatsheaf Public House
Little Common
Ocklynge School Bus stop Victoria Drive, by Ocklynge School
Opposite Eastbourne Pier Bus stop opposite Eastbourne Pier
Opposite Fishermens Club Bus stop opposite Fishermen's Club
Opposite Martello PH Bus Stop opposite Martello Public House
Outside The View Hotel Outside The View Hotel, Grand Parade, Eastbourne
(T&G Centre)
Pevensey Eastbound By Smugglers Public House
Pevensey (Eastbound)
Polegate A2270 Southbound Bus stop by church, at crossroads
Polegate (A2270) Southbound (St Georges RC Church)
Princes Rd opp Beatty Rd Bus stop Princes Rd opposite Beatty Rd, Eastbourne
Princes Road Eastbound Bus stop Princes Road opposite Ramsay Way
St Leonards Eastbound Warrior Square Memorial bus stop
St Leonards (Eastbound)
Stables Theatre Bus stop opp Market Cross
near Stables Theatre, Old London Road
The Ridge towards Battle Bus stop opposite St Helenswood Leisure Centre
The Ridge, Hastings
Town Hall Square Bus stop by the Town Hall, Town Hall Square
Waitrose Old Town Bus stop front entrance of Waitrose, Old Town
Westham Eastbound High Street bus stop, opposite church
Westham (Eastbound)
Willingdon (A2270) Southbound, opposite Triangle
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