PLACES TO VISIT NEAR WESTERHAM

VISIT WESTERHAM There are many fascinating historic houses to visit near The Design Gallery in Westerham, and the second 3000 sq.ft. Showroom and Warehouse in Edenbridge, Kent. Below we list some of the highlights. Do check with the properties before travelling as some are closed on certain days or for special events, and may not open from October to March. The Visit Westerham www.visitwesterham.org.uk website details gardens and other locations in the area.

KENT: Chartwell, home to Sir Winston Churchill and his family for over 40 years, is 5 minutes’ drive from the gallery. The National Trust property is decorated as it was in the 1930s and includes glorious gardens, Churchill’s art studio and the largest collection of his paintings. Advanced booking is recommended for weekends and bank holidays. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell

Quebec House in Westerham, was the birthplace of General James Wolfe who achieved victory over the French army in 1759 at Quebec. Like Sir Winston Churchill, there is a statue commemorating him on The Green. The National Trust property has a pretty garden, second hand bookshop and activities for children. The house is open by tour only and closed some days  https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quebec-house

The font in which Wolfe was baptised and a memorial window to him, “The Adoration of the Magi”  by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, can be seen in the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Westerham.

Down House in Downe was the home of Charles and Emma Darwin. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/home-of-charles-darwin-down-house/

Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, boasts 700 years of history and 125 acres of glorious gardens. https://www.hevercastle.co.uk/

Eden Valley Museum, Edenbridge features the social history of West Kent and has the recently discovered “Chiddingstone Hoard” of 10 gold coins on permanent display. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and on some mornings. http://www.evmt.org.uk/

WEST SUSSEX: Standen in East Grinstead, is a beautiful Arts and Crafts house designed by Philip Webb, with interiors by Morris & Co., lighting by WAS Benson and William de Morgan ceramics. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/standen-house-and-garden

EAST SUSSEX: Charleston, West Firle, near Lewes: the home of the Bloomsbury group’s Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. Closed Monday and Tuesdays (except Bank Holidays). https://www.charleston.org.uk/  You can combine Charleston with a visit to Virginia Woolf’s Monk’s House in Rodmell https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/monks-house and the Berwick Church murals http://www.berwickchurch.org.uk/bloomsbury%20at%20berwick%20home.html

Farley’s Farmhouse and Gallery, Chiddingly, near Lewes: the former home of American photographer Lee Miller and surrealist painter Roland Penrose. Open Sundays only until the end of October. https://www.farleyshouseandgallery.co.uk/

SURREY: Watts Gallery and Chapel, Compton, near Guildford: A remarkable Arts and Crafts Movement chapel, the gallery of Victorian painter/sculptor George Frederic Watts and Limnerlease, the home of Mary Watts and GF Watts. The Watts Gallery and Limnerlease are closed on Mondays (except Bank Holidays), the house requires pre-booked tour tickets. Mary Watts’ chapel incorporated early Christian art and Celtic symbolism, hand-crafted by the village residents. The gallery also shows paintings by their friends Evelyn De Morgan and ceramics by William De Morgan. https://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/

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SECOND SHOWROOM AND WAREHOUSE IN EDENBRIDGE NOW OPEN

The SECOND SHOWROOM AND WAREHOUSE at STARBOROUGH FARM in EDENBRIDGE, KENT is now available by appointment Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm and Saturdays 8am – 12 noon. You can view 3000 sq.ft. of original Art Deco and Arts & Crafts Movement furniture, as well as a selection of our bespoke Art Deco Contemporary collection by Period Designs. The new premises are at Units 1a and 1b, Starborough Farm, Starborough Road, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 5RB. Please call 01959 561234 or email us: sales@designgallery.co.uk to make an appointment. The Design Gallery at 5 The Green, Westerham, Kent TN16 1AS is open as usual: Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm; Saturdays 10am – 5.30pm; Sundays and Bank Holidays 1pm – 5pm.

ELTHAM PALACE ART DECO FAIR 12 & 13 MAY 2018

The Eltham Palace Art Deco Fair takes place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May 2018 from 10am-6pm. We are taking an Epstein Cloud Three Piece Suite banded in burr walnut, a part of Art Deco Cloud armchairs banded in burr maple, as well as an elegant Cocktail Cabinet and a Cocktail Sideboard. We will also be showing new stock of museum quality Art Deco jewellery by Jakob Bengel of Idar-Oberstein, circa 1930s. The Design Gallery is open both days as usual. The NEW FURNITURE SHOWROOM AND WAREHOUSE at Starborough Farm, Edenbridge is now available to view by appointment Monday to Friday 8am-6pm and Saturdays 8am-12 noon (the premises currently close at 1pm). Come and view 3000 sq.ft. of original Art Deco, Arts & Crafts Movement and Gothic Revival furniture. You can purchase pieces unrestored or we can arrange restoration and upholstery to your requirements. A selection of our bespoke Art Deco Contemporary collection by Period Designs is also in the new showroom. THE NEW SHOWROOM AND WAREHOUSE is at Units 1a and 1b, Starborough Farm, Starborough Lane, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 5RB. Call 01959 561234 or email us: sales@designgallery.co.uk for further details.

Vintage Perfume Bottles

Scent bottles from the early 20th century through to the 1990s will be on sale in The Design Gallery from Saturday 21st April 2018. From the prettiest Art Nouveau designs, geometric, skyscraper-inspired shapes of Art Deco, through to the new classics of the 1960s with Christian Dior and Chanel and onwards to the power perfumes of the 1980s, a wide range will be available. Call 01959 561234 for further details.

NEW FURNITURE WAREHOUSE AVAILABLE NOW!

April 2018: Our NEW, even larger Furniture Warehouse at Starborough Farm in Edenbridge, Kent is now available to view by appointment: 3000 sq.ft. of original Art Deco, Arts & Crafts Movement, Art Nouveau Gothic Revival. You can make us an offer Unrestored or we can have the pieces Restored and Upholstered for you. Call The Design Gallery on 01959 561234 or email us: sales@designgallery.co.uk

De La Warr Bexhill Fair Bexhill 27-28 January 2018

We are attending the De La Warr Pavilion “20th Century Decorative Arts Fair” on 27th and 28th January 2018. It is open from 10am-4pm. We will be showing fine quality Art Deco furniture, lighting, bronze sculpture and jewellery. The Design Gallery will be open as usual.

January Sale 2018

The Design Gallery Sale starts Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at 10.00am.

Up to 20% discount on all furniture, lighting, jewellery, bronzes and glass. Certain pieces are discounted by up to 40%.

Furniture Warehouse visits by appointment.

Call 01959 561234; www.designgallery.couk

Winter Exhibition 2017 and Festive Opening Hours

The Design Gallery Winter Exhibition is now open and runs until 3pm on Christmas Eve. This year we are showcasing new pieces by Malcolm Appleby MBE, Britain’s leading Silversmith-Engraver including a unique Silver Beaker from the Political Statement series called “The White Heat of Technology”. Rings featuring stones specially selected by Malcolm, new pendant designs, bracelets and cufflinks are available alongside rare, original Art Deco bronzes by Josef Lorenzl, jewellery by Jakob Bengel and Art Nouveau sculpture by Franz Bergman. Glass by Lalique, Daum and Galle has also just arrived. Our Christmas and New Year opening hours are: Saturday 23rd December 10am-5pm; Christmas Eve 9.30am-3pm; 27th to 29th December 11am-4pm; Saturday 30th December 10am-5.30pm; New Year’s Eve 12 noon-4pm; Tuesday 2nd January Usual opening hours. Furniture Warehouse appointments in Edenbridge are available by appointment. Email: sales@designgallery.co.uk or call us on 01959 561234

Westerham Late Night Shopping Friday December 1st 6-9pm

Late Night Shopping in Westerham takes place on Friday December 1st from 6pm-9pm. Father Christmas will turn on the lights on the tree on The Green at 6.30pm. All of the shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes will be open, serving festive drinks and food. Our Winter Exhibition runs from December 9th until December 24th 2017. Call us on 01959 561234 or email: sales@designgallery.co.uk for further information.

Furniture Warehouse Sale Weekend – 28 and 29 October 10am – 5pm

Our ever popular weekend sale at the furniture warehouse: Easistore, Enterprise Way, Edenbridge Kent TN8 6HF, which is 12 minutes drive from the gallery itself in Westerham. We will be showing new stock restored and unrestored at discounted prices. Both original Art Deco and  Arts and Crafts pieces from side tables to lounge suites, hallstands to sideboards, all available for you to browse.

We can also discuss making pieces for those who need bespoke furniture for their home or business through our other company Period Designs (www.perioddesigns.com).