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Lamb House, Rye

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  • At the end of a small and delicious cobblestone streets of pebbles that patrol the upper part of Rye stands Lamb House, big building of an elegant architectural sobriety dating back to the 18th century. Henry James became the owner in 1897 and he lived there until his death (in London) in 1916.C' is where he wrote many of his works, the most famous (The Turn of the Screw and The Ambassadors) including and he received over the years the flower of the literary world of the time: of quasi-voisins like Wells, Conrad, Kipling, Ford Madox Ford but also, among other things, Chesterton, Belloc, Edith Wharton. While visiting Rye, one of the most beautiful small towns in England, it seems absurd to overlook a Georgian style mansion which, in addition, was inhabited by one of the greatest American writers. So if you are in Rye Tuesday, Friday or Saturday between 11: 00 and 17: 00 one way certainly those three steps leading to a small vestibule where two ladies of the National Trust will ask you to pay the not inconsiderable to £6.20 (the entry said "standard" price is £5.60 but of the National Trust people everywhere a duty to mention as the "gift aid price"; resist; you won't get any note). Immediately after, you start to ask you if you have not been somewhat duped. Because although the House is large it is revealed that there are only two parts to visit: a living room and a dining room that are basically plausible reconstructions of what they were at the time of James. 'S done it with a lot of taste and propriety, but still it's a bit disappointing if we went hoping to soak up the atmosphere jamesienne of places, especially as James worked more often than not in the same House, but in a pavilion built along the wall that separates the garden of the street (a plate signals its location) and which was destroyed by a German bomb lost in 1940. A few years later the library of James who continued to float his mind about Lamb House was scattered. Therefore, it is difficult to track down in the House of James. Rest obviously the enchanting and verdant garden where one enters at ground level by one or other of two visitable parts: as well as it provides a nice perspective on the rear of the building, it should not be very different from what it was in the time of James. Nevertheless there is not much evocative power and emotion in all this especially if, as was the case during our visit, the ladies of the National Trust stop to talk or phone with a thunderous voice. Therefore the risk is great to emphasize a little irritated by asking if it was wise to spend so much pounds sterling for so little.
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  • just a few rooms on the ground floor are open, plus tea and cakes in the garden. house left as it was when Henry James lived there. other authors who lived there include Rimmer Godden and E. F. Nemson...  read more »
  • Overcharged by £1 for tea and scones? I'd happily reimburse you their error. Delightful place. Beautiful gardens, wonderful family home feel. 
  • A smallish Georgian house which has ĺiterary roots, being the home of 3 authors and of 'Mistresses Mapp'. Only 3 or 4 rooms are open, but a magnificent walled garden with a beautiful mulberry tree is worth the entry fee. Be warned the house is at the top of Rye and a climb up through the town is called for.
  • A devoted and affectionate admirer of E.F. Benson's Mapp & Lucia series of books.
  • Smal National Trust house but nice
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