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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".
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  • So this house was built by Horace Walpole who was the 3rd son of Britain's first Prime Minister. I visited with family, all adults. Probably not a very child-friendly place to visit. We did notice tha...  more »
  • This is a really cool place to visit. The garden is beautiful and the house has been lovingly restored so you get a good sense of what it was like despite most of Mr Walpole's possessions having been ...  more »
  • My family spent a very enjoyable Sunday here. The house itself is beguiling and it was a pleasure wandering through the house which gets more interesting and beautiful, room by room. So refreshing to ...  more »
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  • We went on the first day of the reopening. They have done a great job refurbishing the place and clearly put a lot of work and enthusiasm into it. It's particularly well priced compared to other national trust sites. Not only do you have a lot of rooms and garden to explore with jaw-dropping gothic decor, you get a lot of interesting facts about the place as you go around (no spoilers!). The staff in each room had clearly learnt the info well and were always happy to tell you more, with some very interesting stories. Furthermore they were very approachable. The cafe serves tasty food and again has friendly staff. Great job!
  • Beautiful grounds and woods, free to enter. Good for exploring with toddlers, house and seek. Nice cafe. Pay to enter fascinating house on tours ( several an hour when the house is open).
  • Second visit to the house in 8 years and it is nice to see how they are transforming/ restoring the property. Cafe is really nice, but you do pay for it slightly.
  • Fascinating gothic architecture of a personal residence in beautiful neighbourhood of Richmond in London.. Lots of personal interests from the owner to add gothic character to this building.. In case you're looking for a economy option then garden is open to public for free as well.
  • Very nice building, with stewarts providing information in most rooms. The decor in some rooms is wonderful and some of the furniture is original. Shame some part of the building are closed to the public.

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