Finchcocks manor has played host to Second World War soldiers, a ballet school, as well a world famous piano museum – and now the music legacy will continue, as the new owners have revealed they have opened the doors to the public once again.
Entrepreneur and new owner, Neil Nichols, has spent the last year or so transforming part of the Grade II listed historic manor into a contemporary piano school, which is now offering weekend piano lessons for adults of all abilities.
Neil actually grew up between Canterbury and Folkestone, and even visited Finchcocks on a school trip as a child. When he saw the property on the market, he was determined to find a way to keep the music alive – albeit in a more modest way.
Neil and his team have carefully restored the Coach House, making sure to retain the fabulous period features. The cellar has been transformed into an impressive recital room, surrounded by vaulted practice rooms, each containing a grand piano.
So what goes on at piano retreat? Guests are treated to world-class tuition in the form of workshops and fun group masterclasses, but also have a lot of alone time to practise in peace.
And though piano is at the heart of the retreats, courses at Finchcocks are also a social affair, where wine flows and friendships are made. After a day of learning and practise, guests are treated to a delicious meal cooked by Finchcocks’ private chef, where they can relax and unwind in one of the most beautiful manor houses in the UK.