17th May 2010
Stoneacre is a 15th Century, Yeomans house, set in Otham near Maidstone. Houses built in this era were built as open halls, without any internal dividing walls. Its impressive architecture is enclosed by orchards, sweeping meadows and a beautiful, well kept garden. One of the main features of the building is The Great Hall, along with the rare and beautiful Kingpost, formed by a cluster of four engaged shafts which supports parts of the roof.

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In 1920, Aylmer Vallance, began working on restoring and extending the house, after the damage caused by World War I, to include wings either side of the Great Hall. Vallance, was a very good friend of the creative William Morris of the Arts and Crafts movement.

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As it is a privately occupied property, no photography is allowed inside, which is unfortunate as the inside of the house is spectacular, and would have made some amazing photos. Also due to this, the site is only open on a Saturday, and Bank Holiday Mondays. Admission price is £3.50, or free for National Trust members.

Stoneacre @ The National Trust


Photo comment By Roger Knight: A magnificent example of a period house, set a beautiful, tranquil location with many delightful features, not least it's connection with the Arts & Crafts movement. Well managed and run by a tenant and an enthusiastic team of volunteers. Ample car parking.

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