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Marble Hill House, Twickenham
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Marble Hill Park is a really well maintained park, with great trees, space for children to run around and a long grass area for dog walkers. It has tennis courts, cricket nets, an adventure playground... read more »
Marble Hill House è una pregevole residenza fatta costruire nel Settecento da Re Giorgio II per la sua amante ufficiale, Henrietta Howard, come nido d'amore in un ambiente tranquillo lontano dal centr... read more »Marble Hill House is a fine residence built in the 18th century by King George II to his mistress, Henrietta Howard, as a love nest in a tranquil setting away from downtown, the exterior of the villa is in pure Palladian style, all white with grey roof, while sadly you can visit the Interior only by guided tour on Saturdays and Sundays from April to October in the rest of the days the House is closed to visitors. The residence stands in the center of the Marble Hill Park, sunny Park which takes its name from the House; the Park is quiet and frequented only by residents, with children's play area fenced and baretto, full of dogs playing with the masters, I got to play with 3 of them that I ran with the ball in his mouth and meeting everyone joyful. A visit to the House (just out) and Park can be well placed in a beautiful walk along the Thames Path from Twickenham and coming at least up to Richmond Bridge.show original
Wunderschön! Das Haus war nur mit Führung zugänglich und ging etwa 90 Minuten in englischer Sprache. Die Führung war sehr gut und sehr ausführlich. Es waren nur wenige Leute da, was bei den kleinen Rä... read more »So beautiful! The House went about 90 minutes in English and accessible only with leadership. The guide was very good and very detailed. Only a few people were there which was in very small spaces. When a large group, not enough people in a room fit to really get everything by the Guide. The price is absolutely reasonable and you should take the time to enjoy the Park!show original
I visited the house on 9th July 2016. I arrived at 10am at the stated opening time to find a notice saying it opens at 10 minutes before the first tour, which was at 10:30am. Our tour guide was obviously extremely knowledgeable about the house and its history, however he failed entirely to engage with his audience. He spoke at such speed, that even as a born English speaker I found it hard to make out what he was saying. We were deluged with dates, historical figures and places and in so much detail it was quite overwhelming. During the initial 25 minute discourse it was evident from other peoples expressions that they weren't enjoying the experience either. I felt sorry for a family of four overseas tourists who had paid a lot to see the house. They had asked if a translation was available at the start, but the eldest girl was told her English should be good enough to provide a translation for her family. This was definitely not the case. It would have been a lot better if we could have been given a more streamlined history, and then instead be given more time in each room to absorb the ambience and look at the artefacts in there. As usual there wasn't any true access for wheelchair users, and there is a wide staircase to the first floor where prams and buggies would need to be carried. Judging from other reviews I would say if you are a EH member it's worthwhile doing. If paying I would ask who is doing the tour before you commit. Definitely could do better.
Visited on Saturday 27th of June 2015. Wonderful guided tour by a knowledgeable historian who knew how to keep an audience enthralled. An intelligent and thoughtful insight into the history of the house, associated historical events, related art works and architectural details. As someone who works in the Arts, I appreciated both the delivery and the content greatly. A beautiful place to visit, you will not be disappointed.
I enjoyed an enthusiastic guided tour of this fascinating Palladian villa.
Marble Hill House only has entry via guided tour. It's a huge estate and the story behind it is very interesting. It's a bit far out but I would recommend you tackle Ham House and Garden at the same time as it's close by. There is a small cafe in Marble Hill house beside the park to chill so you can spend the whole afternoon there.
The house is only available to view by guided tour, however our guide was witty and incredibly knowledgeable. Well worth a visit.
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