Warehouse Showroom Sales 26th and 27th April 2019

The popular Spring Sales at the new Starborough Farm, Edenbridge warehouse/showroom will be held on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th April 9am until 5pm both days. No appointment necessary.

2800sqft at Unit 1 Starborough farm, Starborough Road, Marsh Green, Edenbridge Kent TN8 5RB. You are advised to take the Edenbridge by-pass route to the Marsh Green Road (sign posted to Lingfield) which is more direct than the usual sat nav route.

This venue will be changing over coming months while we add more and more stock including porcelain, ceramics, metalware as well as many other items of interest.

01342 833366 (Farm) or 01959 561234 (Gallery). You can also visit the new showroom and warehouse in Edenbridge by prior appointment 6 days a week (it is closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays). The Gallery is open 7 days a week 10am-5pm on weekdays and until 5.30pm on Saturdays, and on Sunday and Bank Holiday afternoons 1pm-5pm. Email: sales@designgallery.co.uk

PLACES TO VISIT OF LOCAL HISTORIC INTEREST 

Quebec House, Westerham  Childhood home of General James Wolfe, a noted military leader most famous for winning the Battle of the Fields of Abraham against the French in Quebec. A mere five-minute walk from the shop Quebec house offers visitors the opportunity to step back in time to the Georgian period and learn about the life of one of Britain’s great military leaders. Arguably the most notable son of Westerham, General Wolfe’s statue can be seen from the shop.

Westerham Parish Church, Westerham  An 800 year-old church located a 30 second walk away from The Design Gallery, Westerham Parish Church is a beautiful medieval building with Arts and Crafts significance. A Morris and Co. stained glass window is located at the back of the church. This combined with a range of earlier features, including a interesting wooden spiralled staircase, creates an awe inspiring atmosphere which visitors to Westerham would be remiss to miss out on.

Chartwell, Westerham  The home of the man selected as the greatest Briton of all time in a BBC poll in 2002. Winston Churchill “bought Chartwell for that view” which is an unparalleled view of the Kent Weald. Visitors can explore the house, which is decorated as it was in the 1930s when Churchill was raising his family and see Churchill’s studio in which he painted over 500 canvasses many of which are still at Chartwell. Additionally, there are fantastic walks through “that view” and a café which serves hot food throughout the day.

Emmetts Garden, Ide Hill, Kent  Located in Ide Hill, a ten-minute drive from Westerham, Emmetts Garden has an astonishingly varied and beautiful garden. From the rock garden to the rose garden visitors are delighted by the charming seasonal floral arrangements and landscaping. Many walks can be had through the Kent Weald including a popular circular walk that takes you through the Weald to Chartwell.

Down House, Kent  Visit Down House, the home of Charles Darwin and the place where he wrote his seminal work On the Origin of Species. Visitors can enjoy a tour with an audio guide from Sir David Attenborough as they look around the gardens that inspired the most important biologist in history. The study is a room of particular note as one can see the place in which the book that created the biggest paradigm shift in scientific history was written.

Chiddingstone, Kent  An historic village that the National Trust owns large portions of and has carried out extensive conservation work in. Chiddingstone is one of the oldest villages in Kent and visitors can see an extraordinary range of Tudor and medieval buildings. Highlights include Chiddingstone Castle, a 400 year-old manor house, and The Castle Inn, a medieval pub first mentioned in 1420 which serves local ales and hot food.

Eltham Palace, Mottingham, near Eltham and Greenwich  Eltham Palace is a must see for anyone interested in Art Deco. Originally a Tudor Palace in which Henry VIII grew up, the Palace was purchased by eccentric millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld in 1933. The Courtaulds transformed the palace into an Art Deco masterpiece. A unique building, Eltham Palace provides visitors with an unrivalled journey through history via architecture and design.  We exhibit at the popular Art Deco Fair twice a year in the Great Hall, usually held every May and September. Check the gallery and the English Heritage websites for details.

Red House, Bexleyheath Just up the M25 and the A2 towards London and about 20 minutes’ drive from Eltham Palace, Red House should be a site of pilgrimage for any Arts and Crafts enthusiast. Designed by Philip Webb for William and Janey Morris, Red House is often considered to be the pinnacle of Arts and Crafts design. Those who visit Red House will not be disappointed at the wide array of Morris designed interiors on show as well as Pre-Raphaelite paintings from artists that Morris had a relationship with.

Ightham Mote, Ivy Hatch, near Sevenoaks  Ightham Mote is truly one of this country’s greatest architectural achievements. A moated medieval manor house with a staggering range of design styles reflecting the changing needs of the owners. Acquired by the National Trust in 1985, it has become one of their flagship properties and underwent a 15-year, £10,000,000 restoration project.

Hever Castle, Hever, Kent  Hever Castle is a medieval castle of great historical significance. The oldest parts of the castle were built in 1270 but much of what we see today was built by Geoffrey Boleyn, great-grandfather of Anne Boleyn, in 1462. It is possible that Anne Boleyn was born at the house although this is a matter of some contention. What is certain is that Henry VIII stayed at the house while courting Anne and the house still contains one of his private locks which he took to every house he visited in order to ensure his security.  Around 15 minutes’ drive from both the gallery and the Starborough Farm showroom and warehouse.

Standen, East Grinstead , West Sussex  Standen is a Philip Webb designed Arts and Crafts house located a short drive away in East Grinstead. Considered to be one of the most important and beautiful Arts and Crafts houses in the country, Standen was built in 1894 and decorated by Morris & Co, arguably the greatest design company of the Arts and Crafts movement. There are also glorious gardens designed at the same time as the house and visitors can purchase fresh seasonal produce from the kitchen garden.