Eltham Palace (English Heritage), Thursday 9 May 2019: £35.00
(English Heritage member (25.00)
Once a favoured medieval palace and then a Tudor royal residence, Eltham Palace was transformed into a striking Art Deco mansion by eccentric millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld. Discover their stylish home which incorporates original medieval features into an otherwise ultra-modern 1930s design. Step into the shoes of the lavish Courtaulds and explore their extravagant lifestyle as you discover the state of the art technology and unusual features of their residence.
PLEASE NOTE: This trip has had a change of date from the 2 to the 9 May
Pashley Manor Gardens, Thursday 30 May 2019: £31.00
Discover this beautiful, restful and well-maintained garden on the border of Sussex and Kent. Delight in the sweeping herbaceous borders, elegant rose and historic walled gardens, the productive kitchen garden, enchanting woodland paths and tranquil vistas that form this award-winning garden. Carefully planned planting ensures the gardens look their best in all seasons.
Herne Bay, Kent, Thursday 4 July 2019: £23.00
Herne Bay is the place to be if you want to experience the classic seaside town!
Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (National Trust), Thursday 25 July: £32.00
(National Trust Member £25.00)
Step into Tranmer House, home of Mrs Edith Pretty, which overlooks the River Deben and the town of Woodbridge and, of course, the royal Anglo-Saxon burial mounds. Built in 1910, Tranmer House was originally known as Sutton Hoo House and was designed by John Corder, a local architect from Ipswich and built for artist and gentleman of independent means John Chadwick Lomax. After their marriage, Mrs Pretty and Lt Colonel Frank Pretty chose to make this house their home. In 1926, they paid £15,250 for this wonderful country house, which in today’s money would be around £500,000. When Edith passed away in 1942, the house passed to their only son, Robert Pretty. He was only 12 at the time and moved to live with his aunt in Eton. He would never return to live in Tranmer House himself. The house instead moved full-time into the ownership of the War Office, already having provided a home to the Land Army girls – who quite literally left their mark on the house. If you look carefully, you can still see the grafitti they carved into the stone fireplace and the ring of tiny holes in the wooden wall panelling, around where their dartboard would have hung.