Titsey Place is a fine historic manor house. Its main construction dates from 1775 and there are also parts of the house that date back to an earlier Tudor house. The interior was designed by William Atkinson and features well-proportioned rooms with regency plastered cornices, panelled doors and simple marble chimney pieces.
Titsey Place is especially noted for its fine collection of family portraits from such noted artists as Sir Joshua Reynolds and Peter Lely, many of which, greet the visitor on first entering the main entrance hall. Other highlights of the tour include the new dining room with its four, stunning paintings of Venice by Canaletto; the the panelled sitting room with its wonderful antiquarian interior: and, the gallery bedroom, an architectural surprise with its splendid Georgian interior.
The gardens have always been a particular feature of Titsey Place and have been enjoyed by many generations. Standing on the upper terrace is the perfect place to enjoy the long views across the Darent valley which extends to the beginnings of the South Downs.
Another highlight is the walled kitchen garden which was restored in 1996 as an illustration of Victorian horticultural techniques and is one of the best surviving of its kind. A wide range of fruit, summer annual flowers and unusual vegetables are cultivated. There is also a central conservatory house with a wide range of colourful exotic plants and orchids. Visitors will also enjoy the formal rose gardens, lakes and stream which provide such a fine context to Titsey Place itself.
The Tea Room
After touring the House and strolling in the gardens visitors can enjoy light refreshments such as cakes, cream teas and ice cream in our Tea Room. The Tea Room was opened in the summer of 2007 following the conversion and refurbishment of the old dairy buildings at Home Farm and they retain their rural character. The Tea Room is also available for private functions by prior arrangements.
The Trustees of the Titsey Foundation own approximately 500 acres of Woodland which is open to the public to enjoy, free of charge, for most of the year. The Woodland is in two main blocks; Titsey Place Plantation and the High Chart. Displays at the entrances to Titsey Place Plantation (at the Pitchfont Lodge and Botley Hill car parks) show the main 'Woodland Walks'. Some of the paths here are very steep and visitors must be prepared for difficult terrain. Some of the paths at the High Chart are also marked but visitors are advised to take a Land Ranger and Ordnance Survey maps with them on routes they are not sure of.
The Foundation is currently preparing a Woodland Management Plan with the Forestry Commission designed to improve the habitat, public access and timber quality of the woods.