"Since coming to Rusthall Lodge, Dad’s health has improved dramatically – he has put on weight and looks a lot better."
"We could not have asked for my mother to be in a safer, more comfortable and caring environment."
"The kindness and dignity shown to my mother never ceased to amaze me."
In the mid 1960’s, the Council of Service Housing Society based in Monson Road in Tunbridge Wells had seen a need to “provide for local people of limited means and in need of care and attention”. Fundraising to achieve this began and, thanks to the generosity of Miss Fremlin (of the Fremlin Brewery) and the kindness and hard work of a number of other local benefactors and supporters, Rusthall Lodge opened on 1st January 1968.
The Lodge began life in Miss Fremlin’s former home; a rather grand Victorian/Edwardian house that sat in beautiful grounds. When it opened, it had 32 residents. Over the years parts of the grounds were sold so that new wings could be added and improvements made to the accommodation.
Fremlin Close, Nellington Court and Muskerry Court were all built on land previously owned by Miss Fremlin. The local GP surgery at the entrance to of the drive was also built on the land, providing a valuable resource for the local community and the Lodge itself.
During 2006/7 the existing Rusthall Lodge was built. The residents, by then numbering 44, were moved from the original house into the first wing of the new building. The old house was demolished to make way for the second wing.
The building was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Kent on 10th September 2008 and today provides a modern and fully accessible home for 69 residents.
2017 saw the commencement of the next stage of Rusthall Lodge's life as we undertook an extensive refurbishment scheme. Looking ahead, it is our intention to continue to build on the commitment to make Rusthall Lodge even more comfortable and welcoming for residents and their families. We are very proud of our heritage and delighted to be part of the thriving Kentish village that is Rusthall.