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Marble Hill House Reviews
Good quality portraits, good for education and discoveries, look out for the hidden wall 'lol' see if you can find the fridge bit of an ancient one check it out more »
Having invested in membership of English Heritage this was one of the first paces I visited using it. And what timing: a week or two later the house was due to close for some considerable time for maj... more »
A good solid house with an interesting history. Easy enough to park near by at a cost of about £3.00. Entry is by guided tour only and on the tour we went on was so well subscribed that it was necessa... more »
. This is not exploited to its best advantage, and we enjoyed it less than we should have. Read on . . . For a start, it's hard to find. You arrive at the park, there is no sign telling you where it is, or indeed which of the two large imposing edifices at opposite ends is the one you've come to see. When we were redirected from the first mansion, we weren't sure that this was it, as there was no sign at all, nothing, to identify it. One side door was open, so we popped our head round and saw a souvenir shop. Yes, this is Marble Hill House, we were told. The house has some attractive features, and is filled with handsome furniture. It is well worth visiting to see this. However . . . We had a guided tour in a group of about a dozen people. The gentleman who led this had an encyclopedic knowledge of the house, its inhabitants and its times. Unfortunately this was rattled off at breakneck speed (almost impossible to understand to native speakers at many times) in a monotonous drone - drone - drone as we stood restlessly moving our feet and trying to look politely interested as he went on and on and on. This was frankly a major off-putting feature of the visit. Our guide was John. I understand that there are several. Might be worth checking which guide is allocated to which time/day when you book up. You cannot visit without the guide. The stars have been downgraded for the boredom effect of this. .
Marble Hill House located within Marble Hill Park. Period property set inside large open space with activity area.
Marble Hill is an absolute gem - both from the architectural point-of-view and for the story of Henrietta Hobart. Our guide - a lovely Dutch lady - was an absolute fount of knowledge and she managed to enthuse our whole group, which consisted of every age group from pensioners to toddlers. I strongly advise anyone considering a visit to do so this summer so you will have the 'before and after' - restoration is due to being soon.
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.
Great open space ideal for picnics, or there's a teahouse for those who enjoy a bit of afternoon tea. The house itself is by guided tour only but the insides are very interesting, especially for those interested in architecture.
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