This property is NOT free for HHA Friends
Charming Grade 1 Georgian house built by Thomas and Mary Marchant in 1728 with a rear wing partly C19th and partly C20th. The character of Matfield is of one of those formed by late Stuart and early Georgian houses, the homes of village magnates, well-to-do farmers, merchants and small landowners, but representing a perfect example of such. The 1728 block faces south, overlooking Matfield Green and is referred to by Arthur Oswald in his book, Country Houses of Kent, where he draws a strong resemblance to Finchcocks. Pevsner states that, “the facade must have been designed by the same architect as Finchcocks” (based on evidence from eight common elements in the design).
To the east side of the house is a pleasant courtyard formed by a group of outbuildings, consisting of a Grade 1 Stable block, probably contemporary with the house, which has a gigantic clock turret and cupola rising as high as the building itself. Also, an early C17 Grade II* Barn and a Grade II* Garage, formerly used for housing the village fire engine. The ample oak staircase arising in the central hall, which reaches through the depth of the house, is an unusually finished example for a house of this modest size and probably unique.
The gardens are undergoing a transformation and now include a Mirror Pond with alterations to the flowerbeds and pathways, and a new pergola.
Approximately 6 miles east of Royal Tunbridge Wells. 1.6 miles east off the A21 from the Kipping's Cross roundabout. Matfield House lies at the north side of Matfield village green. Grid Ref TQ658419
Family Friendly Facilities
The relaxed nature of the house and aspect of the walled garden lend itself to family visits. The
cream teas are either in the large modern living space or when the weather allows, on the patio.
Free entry for children under 11 years.
The courtyard and gardens are accessible via gravel pathways, but entry to the house is via steps.
Disabled parking is available within the courtyard and there is free entrance to carers.
The facilities for filming at Matfield consist of a fine example of a Grade I Georgian house with a later rear wing partly C19th and partly C20th. The Georgian front of the house overlooking the green consists of carefully restored rooms and modern bathrooms cleverly integrated into the original surroundings, whilst the later rear wing forms the daily living accommodation for the family. Matfield represents a perfect example of a late Stuart / early Georgian house, but with a modern copper clad extension proving daily living accommodation and connects the house to the gardens.
The central oak staircase arising in the hall, reaches through the depth of the house, is an unusually fine and finished example for a house of this modest size and probably unique. The courtyard to the east side of the house is formed by a pleasant group of outbuildings, consisting of a Grade 1 Stable block, probably contemporary with the house, which has a large clock turret, complete with single handed clock, and cupola rising as high as the building itself. An early C17 Grade II* Barn and a Grade II* Garage, formerly used for housing the village fire engine. Works of repair, restoration and modernisation are on going and similarly as with the Georgian part, the accommodation will form luxurious accommodation within an historic shell. The gardens have largely undergone a transformation and now include a Mirror Pond, new plantings to the flowerbeds, pathways and a new pergola. Within the grounds of the house are also a swimming pool, tennis court and further lawns, along with a larger old orchard.
Location used as the backdrop for St Barty’s Primary school in the 1988 - 1990 ITV series Mr Majeika, the lead role played by Stanley Baxter. Sequences utilized the courtyard, tennis court with internal sequences shot in the Garage.
Groups and special visits
We can cater for groups up to about 20 people and though we don't require a minimum number, we request that people contact us prior to coming.
The admission price (refer to website) includes a cream tea in the family kitchen and therefore we feel it is a suitable venue for relaxed family outings and smaller interested parties.
April to September, Tuesday to Thursday inclusive. No indoor photography.
Tailor Made Facilities
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