JUL 07,2013 - JUL 07,2013 (1 DAYS)
This itinerary can be combined with the Hall Place itinerary. Two, unexpected gems in a full day.
Orientation: Elegant house, brilliant surrounding. Take the bus to and from the Danson estate from/to Bexleyheath Centre or Railway station.
Getting there: 15-20 minutes walking from Bexleyheath train station. Ask for Danson Park. The house is five minutes from the Park entrance. From Bexley: buses: 89, 96, 486, B13-B14, B16.
Opening times: Sunday-Thursday 12.00 - 17.00 Adults - 7 GBP, Concessions - 5 GBP.
My recommendation: Enjoy Hall Place during the first half of the day and devote your afternoon to the Danson House and Danson Park + the English Gardens. Here, we recommend visiting the House which is the main attraction. Allow 1 hour for Danson House (a gem !) and half an hour for the English Gardens near Danson Park.
I recommend also sparing 1/2 hour lazy stroll in Bexleyheath Centre:
Danson House - view from Danson Park:
Danson park (during the annual fair...):
Danson House - Traditional Victorian Kitchen - Tabletop Knife Cleaner:
Danson House - Dining Room with 17 original wall paintings by Charles Pavillion (French painter) commissioned in 1776 by Sir John Boyd to show his taste and wealth. Danson House was Boyd's country retreat:
Danson House - Octagonal Salon with Chinese style which was popular in the mid 1760s:
Danson House - The Library with Organ Player - "Music among the Bookshelves":
Danson House - Chinese Fasion in leisure was popular in European Aristocratic circles - Chinoiserie.
Top floor given over to a Chinese oriented (Chinoiserie) porcelain:
The English Garden near Danson park and House: