Danson House

sights / Architecture

Danson House information

Location
London
Address
Danson Park, Bexleyheath
Kent DA6
Telephone
+44 1322 526 574
Getting there
Train: Bexleyheath, then 20min walk southwest
More information
www.dansonhouse.org.uk
Prices
adult/child £8/free
Opening hours
noon-5pm Sun-Fri Apr-Oct
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This Palladian villa was built by John Boyd, an East India Company director, in 1766. It was saved from demolition in 1995 and painstakingly renovated over the next decade based on mid-19th-century watercolours by Sarah Johnston.

Highlights include the dining room’s reliefs and 17 wall paintings celebrating love and romance; the chinoiserie salon; the library, with a fair few 'decorative' books; the music room, with its functioning organ; the dizzying spiral staircase; and the original Victorian kitchens.

The English-style garden and surrounding park are a delight and the tearoom in the one-time breakfast room serves wholesome, delicious food.