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Notice: By popular demand, South Lodge and Cobham Mausoleum are open Easter Monday, 21 April 2014. South Lodge open from 11am - 5pm. Mausoleum open from 12noon - 4pm.
A recently restored 18th-century mausoleum, designed by James Wyatt, and set in peaceful woodland
Absorb the atmosphere at the restored Cobham Mausoleum, designed by the 18th-century architect James Wyatt and memorably featured in the BBC's Restoration programme.
Explore the history by visiting the South Lodge Barn and see our film graphically detailing this incredible rescue story.
Then follow in the footsteps of the original owners, the Darnley family, and walk through the peaceful ancient cattle grazed woodland, once part of their extensive Cobham Hall estate, to visit the mausoleum. You can have a guided walk (subject to volunteer availablity) and view the chapel and crypt on Sundays from April - September.
The managed wood pasture at Cobham is historically significant as it is considered by many to be the closest type of landscape in lowland Britain to that which existed in prehistoric times. Set within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) the site is also classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the rarity of the wood pasture habitat.
Grazing cattle have been introduced to help restore the woodland pasture, enabling the mosaic of grasses, herbaceous plants and scrub, which are characteristic of this important environment, to re-establish.