National Trust property, but not open regularly as it is still lived in
|OS grid reference||TQ 665 687|
|Built for||Bonham Hayes (farmer)|
|Governing body||The National Trust|
|Designated||27 August 1952|
The house was originally built for Bonham and Elizabeth Hayes, successful farmers in the Cobham area. The red-brick Kentish Yeoman's house is two storeys high, with dormer windows. The house interiors were completed in 1684, including the ornate Carolean plasterwork and timber staircase hall.
The house passed in 1894 to the Edmeades family of Nurstead (also in the parish of Gravesend), then by marriage to the Baker family. In 1862 the renowned architect Sir Herbert Baker was born in the family home. In 1925 he added two projections and a wing on the north-west corner of the house.
The family filled the house with specially commissioned or collected furniture.
Baker died on 4 February 1946 at the age of 83. He left Owletts to the National Trust.
The National Trust then let it out, but it is open to the public several days a year. The current tenants are David and Bella Baker and family; he is the great-grandson and heir of Sir Herbert Baker.
The house closed in 2011 for a £1 million refit, in which time the collection of in the 900 objects and 1,400 books, was carefully packed and stored off-site. The collection was then unpacker and returned to normal after completion. It then opened for the first time in 2 years on Sunday the 7th April, 2013.
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