Great Dixter is actually three houses, one originating from the mid-15th century, one from Benenden, built in the early 16th century and moved to the site in 1910, and the third Lutyens’ original design, built to combine the buildings, completed in 1912. Most visitors see the medieval rooms of the original building, but in line with our autumn conference theme we will also be given a specialist private tour of the Lutyens’ house. After a break for lunch (not included) we will have a tour of the gardens which were also largely devised by Lutyens.
We then make our own way to Brickwall House, now Frewen College, which is ony 5 mintes drive from Great Dixter. This impressive Grade I listed timber-framed Jacobean house contains a 17th century drawing room with a superb plaster ceiling and many good portraits including works by Kneller, Lely and Vereist. It is surrounded by a wonderful Stuart garden created in around 1680, and many of the plants were chosen by Jane Frewen. Today Brickwall House is owned by the Frewen Educational Trust which is kindly allowing us private access to view the house and grounds.
N.B. This visit to Great Dixter is now fully booked. Please email if you would like to be added to a waiting list.