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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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  • Amazing interiors. We were lucky to get to the Xmas fair there, as otherwise there is nothing bar the interiors inside. The cafe was overcrowded, but perhaps it was just due to the occasion
  • 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.
  • Very good restoration. People are very nice and enthusiastic. Gardens are a bit boring
  • Really interesting house, you are free to wonder round at your own pace after a very quick briefing and the staff are very nice and knowledgeable.
  • Great coffee and good service. A nice destination on a warm summer day.