- Event dates
18 Sep - 19 Sep
- Opening times
11:00 – 16:00
Meet our Garden Team, who will be on hand to tell you all about the many varieties of apples and pears which grow in our gardens. Our trees are all fruiting at this time; some are ripe, others ripen later. The ancient espaliered trees in the Walled Garden are laden with eating apples, cooking apples, juicing apples and marvellous, multi-purpose apples! We have about 60 varieties of apple and a similar number of pear trees growing here.
We will have a display of apples and pears, and some for you to try - come and find out what your favourite is! Did you know, there are over 6,000 varieties of English apples, yet the supermarkets sell very few varieties, and many of those are imported.
The ticket price also includes a visit to the House, a walk around our stunning gardens and a little bit of time-travel when you meet some of the Essex Regiment WWI Living History Group, who will be bringing the past to life.
The House itself will be open from 12noon to 2.30pm. The majority of rooms will be open, apart from the ones in use by the family.
Seeing the inside of the House is a fascinating experience. It remains still in layout an essentially Tudor House, just one room thick throughout. The interior reflects decoration of the 1800s and embellishments since 1970.
The West Wing reveals the bones of the Tudor House in the Great Kitchen with its massive fireplace and ovens, the Corridor and the intimate Panelled Room alone a survival of the House’s once plentiful oak panelling. The Centre Block shows the architect Thomas Hopper’s Gothick style. The Great Hall is re-imagined as in baronial times. The former service rooms have given way to the almost perfect cube of the imposing Dining Room, in Hopper’s Jacobethan style dominated by a massive marble fire surround. The Drawing Room exhibits a much lighter more Georgian touch but with a fine Tudor style marble fire surround.
In the East Wing the handsome Grand Stair of about 1675 has survived intact. The Tudor rooms layout beyond were lost in the late 18th Century but the windows remain. The whole formed by Hopper to be a second Withdrawing Room with the then popular Scagliola colonnade approached through the Library, for which the Phillips have provided the bookcases, which doubles as a Billiard Room.
The State Bedroom and the Phillips’s idiosyncratic Roman style State Bathroom are the most striking. Though many prefer to test their extra-sensory powers in the Victorian Haunted Room.
Notable are the massive Chinese style table the Phillips had made in China in the Dining Room. The huge picture an Allegory on Virtue and Vice, perhaps from Henry VIII’s Nonsuch Palace which dominates the Great Hall. Also there stunning stained glass the earliest of which dates from about 1425. In the Drawing Room, the Phillips collection of Tudor Portraits show the Tudor family and also leading figures of their time. Also the Four Seasons ceiling painted for the Phillips by Paul Dufficey based upon eight Breughel paintings and the frieze based upon his Children’s Games. There too the screen showing the Coronation Procession of Edward VI.
In the Stair Hall some very early fragments of Clopton stained glass from the church probably rescued from later depredations.
The Billiard Room Tudor boasts some of the finest armorial glass, featuring the Cloptons and their connections, as fine as any in a House in England.
You can pre-book your visit (any time up to 10.30am on the day of your visit) and please arrive in good time to get the most out of your visit. You are welcome to arrive at any time from opening time until our last entry at 2.00pm, but if you wish to see the House, please be here by 1pm. The Gardens will close at 4pm.
If you are Season Ticket holders, or Historic Houses members, please also book your tickets on-line.
Virus Precautions: Visitors must use the map provided and observe current social distancing guidelines. Rules and precautions for visitors are displayed on entry and on our handout/map. Please remember to bring hand sanitiser, and lower face coverings to wear inside the House, and when visiting any other indoor areas on our site.
Refreshments: we are pleased to offer light lunches and refreshments as a take-out service, for our visitors to enjoy outdoors.
Facilities: the loos near the Tea Garden area will be available for use.
The Weather: we will open whatever the weather and your visit can certainly fill a rewarding few hours. Please dress appropriately for the weather! Kentwell has its own Met Office weather report - please click here to view it.
Accessibility: the majority of the gardens are accessible by wheelchair in good weather, via good pathways and firm, lawned or mown grass tracks.
Disabled Visitor Discount: for registered disabled visitors and their carers: please purchase tickets at the next rate down. If you are adults, please purchase a senior ticket; if you are seniors, please purchase an older child ticket, and so on.
Dogs: no dogs, except guide dogs, are permitted within the grounds.
Cancellations and refunds: Should Government action at any time cause us to close, we will, of course, refund any tickets purchased for any affected days. Otherwise, we operate a no-refunds policy. Tickets are not transferrable to other days, or to other events. Please always check our website before travelling, in case circumstances or Government Advice has changed.
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|Online||On the day|
|Child under 3||FREE||FREE|
|Family of 2 adults & 2 children||£50.00||£60.00|
Group discounts available at checkout for parties of over 15 people.