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Interesting collection and gorgeous afternoon tea

Spendta couple of hours exploring this lovely house and vast collection ranging from Scottish... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2018
A Fascinating History

Although it is called Castle it started as a house with Tudor origins that became a castle. In WW2... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2018
Surrey, United Kingdom
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A charming, unique English country house and accredited museum, home to the late Denys Eyre Bower's fascinating collection of art & antiquities, and serving scrumptious cream teas in our traditional Tea Room, as well as being an award-winning...more
Chiddingstone Castle Hill Hoath Road, Chiddingstone TN8 7AD, England
+44 1892 870347
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Closed till March but the grounds and fishing are open. A lovely place for a picnic and many many events are planned. We will return soon

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Rosanna S
Reviewed 11 January 2019

My friend got married here last weekend and the day was perfect!! Gorgeous venue, dressed to perfection by the wonderful staff. They were friendly and extremely helpful...even helping us unload everything from the cars the day before and making sure we had everything we needed...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank bigred1981
Reviewed 29 October 2018

Denys Eyre Bower lived his life collecting a vast array of objects from all over the world. Each room has a different collection. I was most interested in his Egyptian collection which turns out to be mostly quite an array of good quality fakes. There...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 27 October 2018

Spendta couple of hours exploring this lovely house and vast collection ranging from Scottish history to Japanese samurai armery followed by a great afternoon tea. A lovely day!

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Escape392885
Reviewed 24 October 2018

Staff very helpful and welcoming. Denys Eyre Bower's collection is varied and he is excessively lauded in every room and his rather obsessive nature comes over loud and clear. However, the 'gardens' are rather non-existent. The nearby Village, Church and the Chiding Stone are all...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jack S
Reviewed 16 October 2018

Spent pleasant few hours exploring the house and gardens.Well worth the admission.The staff were very helpful and made us welcome.Had a lovely cream tea with friends and found the story of the eccentric former owner in 50 s fascinating.Good value for money but probably not...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tony C
Reviewed 11 October 2018

Although it is called Castle it started as a house with Tudor origins that became a castle. In WW2 it was a military base and then in 1955 it was purchased by a bank clerk called Denys Eyre Bower for £6,000, borrowing the whole sum...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Ashsaw
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

We had a nice walk around The gardens And woods (suggested donation £2). We didn’t go inside The castle, but you needed tickets for this. Beautiful flowers.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank PaulMarc
Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

Stopped off with the family one Sunday, quite late in the afternoon, but the staff welcomed us in and were happy to serve us anyway. Only a small, classic menu but varied enough to please us. Really nice, freshly made sandwiches and lovely teas in...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Scenic68763
Reviewed 3 October 2018

My wife and I went here mid week this is a private funded house and well worth a vist.The collections in the house are a true reflection of an old fashion explorer.Wonderful views from inside and outside of the house,but the best was to come...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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31 July 2018|
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Response from john g | Reviewed this property |
There must be a website, or phone number. When we were there the castle was closed and the entire area was deserted - it was bliss. We just enjoyed strolling around the grounds and admiring the flowers along the perimeter... More
25 June 2018|
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Response from Palaeontology | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I answered the wrong question! I believe you get fishing permits from the Casle reception.
Kris E
28 May 2018|
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Response from john g | Reviewed this property |
Put some money in the honesty box by the gates in the village. There was nobody around when we were there. I suppose you have to pay to visit the castle.