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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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  • It may be out of town but Strawberry Hill House is a true hidden gem. Fascinating history to Walpole's Gothic Castle. He even wrote a guide to the house for his many visitors! During his lifetime guid...  more »
  • Horace Walpole's mock-gothic house is made even better than it is by i) the enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides who are on each floor; and ii) the free booklet, which consists of Walpole's own guide...  more »
  • Last night, my partner and I went to Strawberry hill house , to listen to some christmas ghost stories performed by the very excellent "don't go in the cellar" theatrical group , it was one gentleman ...  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.