The half-timbered house, built in the early 16th Century when Smallhythe was a thriving shipbuilding yard, was home to Victorian actress Ellen Terry from 1899 till her death in 1928. The house was opened and the barn converted into a theatre by Ellen's daughter Edith Craig in 1929.
Smallhythe Place contains personal and theatrical mementoes, including a selection of sumptuous costumes, dating from Ellen's time at the Lyceum. Experience the magical 400 year old Barn Theatre, where many famous actors have performed and which still holds regular performances. Contact the property for full details.
The cottage grounds include her rose garden, orchard and nuttery. Stroll through the garden and enjoy the display of daffodils and snakeshead fritillary (March - April). Visit the fragrant rose garden with the rare Ellen Terry rose, at its peak in May and June. Relax and enjoy some light refreshment at the tearoom (open as the house 12.00 - 4.00).
Open: 1 March - 9 March, Saturday & Sunday only, 15 March - 30 October, Saturday - Wednesday, Open Good Friday 11am - 5pm (last admission 4.30, or dusk if earlier) Admission: Adults £7.00, Child £3.80, Family £17, Group £5.50
Small Hythe Place Smallhythe, Kent, TN30 7NG T: 01580 762334 F: 01580 762334 W: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/smallhytheplace E: