This property is NOT free for HHA Friends
Provender was built in 1342 as a medieval hall house for Lucas de Vienne, the Chief Archer to the Black Prince. Only a few of the 14th century rooms remain including the solar or Crown Post Room, with its fine crown posts. A second hall house was connected to it in the 15th century, followed by wings and additions from the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Provender is a fascinating record of English building traditions over seven centuries.
When Princess Olga Romanoff inherited it from her mother in 2000, it was almost derelict and since then, under direction of historic buildings architect Ptolemy Dean and with support from English Heritage, it has been restored, using traditional craftsmanship and appropriate materials. Some sections of the house remain unrestored, and may sometimes be viewed by pre-booked private groups. Provender has rooms and architectural features from Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean, Queen Anne, Georgian and Victorian times.
Provender was the home of the Tsar Nicholas II's eldest nephew, Prince Andrew Romanoff, after he married Nadine MacDougall, whose family owned Provender. The current owner, Princess Olga Romanoff, is their daughter. She conducts many tours personally, and often talks about about her father's experiences in pre-Revolutionary Russia and how he came to live at Provender.
Travelling westwards on A2 from Faversham towards Sittingbourne, pass through Ospringe, carry straight on at roundabout, and take second turning to the left, marked Provender Lane. Provender is around half a mile along Provender Lane, on the left hand side.
Visitor Opening Times
Sunday tours: are held on the first and last Sunday of every month. May to October. Tour times at 10.30am and 2.00pm.
Weekday tours: are held the first Tuesday of every month from May to October. Tour times at 10.30am and 2.00pm. Bank holiday public open day tours: 4th May, 25th May, 31st August 2015.
Please note that these opening times are correct to the best of the HHA’s knowledge, as advised by the property. Opening times may change and a property may very occasionally need to close at short notice. We therefore recommend you check with the property before your visit, by phone or on the property’s website, especially if your journey is likely to be a long one.
Provender is available as a film location. It offers a wide range of historic styles and period detail within one building, and there may be some access to the unrestored sections of the house.
Groups and special visits
Description as above. Private pre-booked groups may be able to see parts of the house normally closed to the public. Group prices start at £100 for up to 10 people. Groups larger than 10 are charged at £10 a head.
Please call in order to arrange a group visit.
Tailor Made Facilities
|Visits to House||Yes|
|Visits to Garden||No|