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 (1717–1797) from 1749 onward. 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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  • Very interesting history & house workmanship. Their are stairs and a cafe for those needing to know.  more »
  • Horace Walpole coined the word "gloomth" to describe the rather gloomy warmth that Strawberry Hill House exudes as the light fades and evening draws in. We experienced gloomth for ourselves as we join...  more »
  • I spent about 1.5 hours here last Sunday wandering around from room to room and was incredibly impressed with the architecture and stained glass. But the docents/staff in each room elevated the experi...  more »
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  • Amazing place with beautiful stained windows, OTT hall painted in red, white and gold, interesting library, ornate walls, ceilings and railings and nice expansive grounds. We'll Worth a visit.
  • Absolutely beautiful place! If you're a fan of Horace Walpole's book The Castle of Otranto, it is worth visiting!
  • Went there today with two friends. Amazing place, truly unique. The volunteer tour guides were absolutely brilliant. They came up to us in each room and shared their formidable knowledge. The cafe was very good value. They all really want people to enjoy the visit. And we did!
  • A lovely place to visit with the family. There's a nice cafe that serve hot meals as well.
  • Fascinating gothic style house with large garden. Well worth a trip
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