Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham
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Strawberry Hill House — often called simply Strawberry Hill — is the Gothic Revival villa that was built in Twickenham, London by Horace Walpole from 1749. It is the type example of the "Strawberry Hill Gothic" style of architecture, and it prefigured the nineteenth-century Gothic revival.Walpole rebuilt the existing house in stages starting in 1749, 1760, 1772 and 1776. These added gothic features such as towers and battlements outside and elaborate decoration inside to create "gloomth" to suit Walpole's collection of antiquarian objects, contrasting with the more cheerful or "riant" garden. The interior included a Robert Adam fireplace; parts of the exterior were designed by James Essex. The garden contained a large seat shaped like a Rococo sea shell; it has been recreated in the 2012 restoration.Under Horace WalpolePurchase and planningIn May 1747 Horace Walpole took a lease on a small 17th-century house that was "little more than a cottage", with 5acre of land from a Mrs. Chenevix. Horace was under familial and political pressure to establish a country seat, especially a family castle, which was a fashionable practice during the period. The following year he purchased the house which the original owner, a coachman, had named "Chopped Straw Hall". This was intolerable to Walpole, "his residence ought, he thought, to possess some distinctive appellation; of a very different character..." Finding an old lease that described his land as "Strawberry Hill Shot", Walpole adopted this new name for his soon to be "elegant villa".Use our Twickenham vacation builder to visit Strawberry Hill House on your trip to Twickenham, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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It took a little while to get there by tube and bus but it was well worth it. The guides are really informative and the house is brilliant - really over the top. They're happy for you to take photogra... read more »
Arrived at the house and were given coffee and delicious shortbread biscuits. The tour was excellent and was quite long but there was a lot to learn. Afterwards we enjoyed a delicious lunch (pre-order... read more »
I went to visit Strawberry Hill whilst on a visit to my aunt who lives in Twickenham. The property has been wonderfully restored. We were particularly impressed with the magnificent stained glass wind... read more »
Lovely atmosphere here today, nice people and great place for children - lots to do. Lovely sunny weather always helps, and I hope to have a great time at the Music and Fun Day on the 26 June, too. Only disappointment was that there was no food available from the Cafe later in the day due to a private function. I will bring a picnic in future. I am a frequent visitor here and always recommend friends and family to visit the beautiful house and gardens of Strawberry Hill.
Friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere and good guide book. Things to find for the kids although they may find it a bit dull.
Very interesting building, unfortunately pretty much empty of historical artifacts. Very nice grounds, good for a family visit.
Beautifully restored historic building and adults great choir too!
Excellent guided tour of a fascinating house. A special mention for the cafe staff who were charming and attentive, serving coffee and a delicious meal speedily.
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