Broome Park

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Broome Park

Broome Park is a Grade I listed building in Barham, within the City of Canterbury, Kent, England.[1] Once a stately home, it is now a country club.


The house was built between 1635 and 1638.[2] Originally commissioned for and occupied by Sir Basil Dixwell, 1st Baronet, who had been Member of Parliament for Hythe, it passed down through various generations of Dixwell baronets until it was inherited by Sir George Oxenden, 5th Baronet,[3] who took on his mother's surname of Dixwell.[4] It then passed down through various generations of Oxenden baronets to Sir Percy Dixwell Nowell Dixwell-Oxenden, 10th Baronet.[5]

The estate was bought in 1911 by Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener.[2] Kitchener commissioned Detmar Blow (1867-1939) and Fernand Billerey to carry out a major remodelling and to create the formal gardens and a formal carriage approach.[6] Contractors involved included George P. Bankart, W. Bainbridge Reynolds ("sconces in silver copper"), Cowtan & Sons (wood panelling), Shanks (heaters) and Maples of London (panelling and a table design).[7]

Because of the extensive work being carried out on the property and Kitchener's professional commitments as Sirdar in Egypt and Secretary of War in London, he only lived in Broome Park for brief periods: notably for six weeks while on home leave immediately prior to the outbreak of the First World War.[8] Full time occupancy of the house was intended for his retirement.[9] However between 1914 and 1916 Kitchener spent his limited spare time in what his aide-de-camp described as "the one relaxation which Lord Kitchener allows himself - the building of his house. It gives him such intense pleasure every Saturday when he comes down and see the good work that has been done".[10]

In the early 1930s the estate was bought by Mr G C Jell who transformed the house into a country house hotel.[5] During the Second World War the estate was requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence.[5]

In or before 1979 the Park was acquired Gulf Shipping, for the purposes of developing a timeshare and leisure complex. The development was the subject of litigation, which went all the way to the UK Supreme Court in 2018.[11]

Today the Park is a Hotel and Golf Course.[12]


  1. ^ Historic England. "BROOME PARK HOTEL (1084927)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Kitchener and Broome Park, Kent". Bonhams. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Dixwell, Sir Basill, 2nd Bt. (1665-1750), of Broome, Barham, Kent". History of Parliament. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  4. ^ Deed Poll Office: Private Act of Parliament 1751 (25 Geo. 2). c. 1
  5. ^ a b c "Lord Kitchener and secrets of his Canterbury country house". Kent News. 19 March 2013. Archived from the original on 6 August 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  6. ^ "A Quick History of Broome Park". Callisters. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Kitchener and Broome Park". Bonhams. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  8. ^ Faught, C. Brad. Kitchener Hero and Anti-Hero. p. 188. ISBN 978-1-78453-350-2.
  9. ^ Faught, C. Brad. Kitchener Hero and Anti-Hero. p. 244. ISBN 978-1-78453-350-2.
  10. ^ letter dated June 1915 from Lt Col Oswald Fitzgerald to the chief stewart at Broome
  11. ^ Regency Villas Title Ltd and others v Diamond Resorts (Europe) Ltd and others, 2018 UKSC 57 (Supreme Court of the United Kingdom 14 November 2018).
  12. ^ "Broome Park Hotel". Retrieved 15 November 2018.

Coordinates: 51°11′25″N 1°10′26″E / 51.1904°N 1.1738°E / 51.1904; 1.1738