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“Birthplace of Sir Herbert Baker”
Review of Owletts

Reviewed 8 July 2018

Owletts was the birthplace of Sir Herbert Baker-who went on to design the Bank of England. The house dates back to the 18th century and is very interesting. The staircase ceiling is magnificent and is definitely the best highlight of the property. There is also a special clock which is thought to be the only one in the world.

Outside, there is a pretty garden which on a sunny day bursts with colour. Also outside is a self-service tea room and there is also seating available. There is also a delightful orchard which looks onto the car park.

As well as Owletts, I would also recommend anybody going to nearby NT property, Cobham Wood and Mausoleum. (Please note: Mausoleum only open first Sunday of the month)

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Reviewed 16 May 2018

What a delight Owletts is: the house is a jewel, beautifully kept and presented, it's aesthetic appeal more than matched by the warmth of the welcome from family and volunteers. Once the home of the architect Sir Herbert Baker, a contemporary and some time colleague of Lutyens, this seventeenth century four square house has been considerably enhanced by his sensitive alterations and improvements.

We had a very pleasant afternoon there, in brilliant sunshine, and the enthusiasm and friendliness of the family members and volunteers present contributed much to the experience. The freshness and obvious pleasure with which they spoke of the house and its contents and features was striking because they cannot but have done so many times before. Make sure you take the time to appreciate the stunning plaster ceiling over the landing and staircase

That the great grandson of Sir Herbert is the present tenant and other members of the family are involved in it undoubtedly contributes to the feel of the house as a comfortable and much loved home.

One very unusual feature, perhaps unique in England, is the self-service tea room, where loose tea and eminently practical spring loaded infusers are available; a facility that adds significantly to the visit and could be emulated to advantage in many other historic properties.

Many thanks to all at Owletts for their contribution to our delightful afternoon.

Thank EatSleepGo
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Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

Amazingly, after many years of NT membership, this was our first visit. A lovely peaceful afternoon. The volunteers in the house were very informative, the history of the property is interesting, nice to talk to the current incumbent and his wife - he is a grandson or great grandson of the owner mentioned in the house - an architect who worked with Lutyens on a couple of occasions but designed many places of interest particularly in India. The cat and dog are extremely friendly, there is no shop (which is good in our opinion ) and the tea 'n coffee (+ great cake selection!) is self service with an Honesty Box. For non members, at £4 a person it's well worth a visit - the dog seemed to really like attention from younger visitors by the look of it too! Free parking as well. Only open on Sundays but worth a visit. A great time...we will be back!

Thank stevesmith0756
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

Lovely place to visit for a few hours. The family are in situe and give a lot of information.
Very pleasant and interesting. well worth a visit

Thank sheribum
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

Really enjoyed my visit here. Only some of the house is open to the public due to people still living in the rest of the house.Garden is a nice short walk around and a nice little coffee & cake area (payment using the 'donation' payment). Staff and very nice and very informed. Great day out, a credit to the National Trust.

Thank KentEnglandLife
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