At first glance, Edenbridge House looks like something from the pages of a P.G. Wodehouse comedy or Agatha Christie mystery – the kind of rambling, well-appointed country house where well-to-do types gathered for “house-parties”. It’s part Edwardian and 1930s mock-Tudor, but its core is the genuine article, dating back to the 1540s when it was in the midst of the vast Hever estate.

a brick path snakes behind the formal rose garden towards the summerhouse

a brick path snakes behind the formal rose garden towards the summerhouse

the sitting room in the “newer” part of the house with an arrangement of flowers from the cutting garden

the sitting room in the “newer” part of the house with an arrangement of flowers from the cutting garden

the central reception room is typically Tudor with its dark oak panelling, and linen-fold carving

the central reception room is typically Tudor with its dark oak panelling, and linen-fold carving

the view into the drawing room from the library

the view into the drawing room from the library

the upstairs study which was once a guests’ breakfast room

the upstairs study which was once a guests’ breakfast room

the varying floor levels upstairs reveal the many additions that have been made to Edenbridge House over the centuries

the varying floor levels upstairs reveal the many additions that have been made to Edenbridge House over the centuries

the central reception at the Tudor core of the house

the central reception at the Tudor core of the house

early Spring comes to Edenbridge House gardens

early Spring comes to Edenbridge House gardens

pots of vividly coloured tulips brighten the early spring beds and borders

pots of vividly coloured tulips brighten the early spring beds and borders

the view of the formal lawn

the view of the formal lawn

the kitchen garden

the kitchen garden

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Cherry Whytock

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