DiCamillo Companion

Kingston House

  • Built / Designed For: John Rowe

    House & Family History: Kingston House was built for the wealthy wool merchant John Rowe, whose family had owned the Kingston Estate since 1502. The marble Entrance Hall has a floor of Ashburton Marble, which was laid by members of the Coulson family; the Coulsons later emigrated to America, where they were worked, together with other craftsmen, on the marble in the White House in Washington. The marquetry staircase is regarded by English Heritage as the finest example of its kind in Britain; it was created from six different woods, all indigenous to Britain; they are: English Oak, Brown Oak, Olive Ash, Yew Wood with the Sap, Sycamore, and Holly. Chimneypieces in the Saloon at Buxted Place, Surrey, are from Kingston House. In May 2011 the House and 10 acres were listed for sale for £2.75 million.

  • Title: Buildings of England: Sussex, The
    Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus; Nairn, Ian
    Year Published: 1973
    Reference: pg. 466
    Publisher: London: Penguin Books
    ISBN: 0140710280
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • "The Hotel Inspector" (2010 - TV reality series, episode 6.6, "The Kingston Estate").
  • Past Seat / Home of: John Rowe, 18th century. Rendell family, 1816 until 1936. Corfield family.

    Current Ownership Type: Unknown

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Holiday Rental

  • House Open to Public: By Appointment

    Phone: 01803-762-235

    Email: info@kingston-estate.co.uk

    Website: http://www.kingston-estate.co.uk

    Awards: Included in "England's Thousand Best Houses" by Simon Jenkins.

    Historic Houses Member: No