Ellen Terry and Smallhythe Place, Kent : National Trust Guidebook

Joy Melville

The half-timbered house, built for the harbour-master in the early 16th century when Smallhythe was a thriving shipbuilding yard, was the home of the Victorian actress Ellen Terry from 1899 to 1928 and contains her fascinating theatre collection. The cottage grounds include her rose garden, orchard, nuttery, a wonderful display of wild flowers and the Barn Theatre, which hold exhibitions and regular performances of plays, music and talks.