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Notice: Owletts is open for Heritage Open Days on Sunday 13 September. Entry free, donations welcome.

Family home of the renowned architect Sir Herbert Baker

This Charles II house is an extraordinary example of a Kent country home.  As you wander round the house, you will see the architectural influences of its most famous owner, architect Sir Herbert Baker.

Why not chat to our friendly room guides and look out for some of our favourite features such as the oval stained glass window, the electrical empire clock and the 17th-century plaster ceiling. To keep the chilodren entertained, don't forget to pick up the house trail.

In the garden, the area in front of the house has been opened up for passers by to enjoy, whilst the sunken garden is a sun trap. Extend your day by relaxing in our newly extended tea-room, or enjoy a picnic in the garden

Welcome to Owletts

The lion doorknocker proudly guards the front door.

The lion doorknocker proudly guards the front door.

Come and discover the many treasures of Owletts, both inside the house and outside in the garden.

Living history brings the house to life

Young girl learning how to sew as part of a living history day at Owletts © Vicki Loader

Sunday 5 July & 27 September

Join us as characters from Owletts' past return to recreate some of the history of the house to try and give people a true flavour of life at Owletts.

Sir Herbert Baker

Sir Herbert Baker (1862-1946) was one of the leading British architects of the late 19th and early 20th-century. This was his family home and he generously donated it to the nation in 1938.

Wonderful wallpaper

A rare survival © Andrew Bush

During the renovations of Owletts we discovered rare and unique wall paper. Flocked and fashionable, what did we find and why was it so important to preserve?

Moving back home

Cleaning and conserving the collection of books © Gill Nason

Many of us are aware of how difficult it is when work is going on at home. It can be even more difficult when you are the custodians of a historic collection.

Interesting things

A collection of items from our collection  © Chris Tapley

Take a look behind the scenes at some of the interesting objects that we care for at Owletts.