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“A classically hideous building”
Review of Chiswick House

Chiswick House
Reviewed 14 April 2014

Built for the Duke of Burlington almost 300 years ago by William Kent, this building is a testament to the rule that you should not ask friends to design something for you. Yes, it is built in the tradition of Palladio, but the finished product is a mean sized set of rooms on the ground floor and an overly large "Upper Tribune", or entrance hall, on the first. Some of the decor is in mind-blowing bad taste, such as the hideous blue flocked wallpapered room. The paintings are also nothing to write home about and even the audio guide suggests that William Kent the painter was not a talent to be admired. Sadly, there is little furniture on display. The views from the building, on the other hand, are lovely.

Unusually for London, there was free parking in the road that boarders the walled garden.

For those using wheelchairs, the House is able to accommodate but I overheard the guide say the staff needed an hour's notice.

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Reviewed 4 March 2014

The house is a little dark and depressing and unless you particularly like 17th century Italian art, probably worth a miss as an art gallery. Apart from the paintings, there are few other objects to see. Definitely not worth the entrance fee of over £5. Having said that the gardens are free, and must be amazing in the spring and summer so will go revisit to see the gardens then. If it was free to get in the house, I would recommend going, but £5:60 is £5:60 and I went with my mum, and for the same price I could have taken her for a roast dinner in a Toby carvery. I know the two can't really be compared, but ...

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Reviewed 16 January 2014

The Palladian house is interesting and there,s a large park with glas-houses with an old collection of camellia.

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Reviewed 26 October 2013

I went on a free tour of the gardens today and wanted to say how wonderful the volunteer guide was. The weather was terrible but he did not let it affect him. He was knowledgeable and clearly had a great personal love of both the house and the gardens and their history. This was no a stuffy tour at all and I would recommend it. The only thing that spoilt it was the inconsiderate dog owners who let their dogs off the lead despite clear signs that they should be on a short lead.

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Reviewed 7 October 2013

On entering Chiswick house, the first thing you are hit by is sudden silence. The protective walls, century old trees and beautifully preened gardens suck up any sound from the chaos of cars, lorries and motorbikes and leave you in complete tranquility. It's hard to believe that you are still in London.
It's a very romantic setting with hand built historic bridges, grand vistas and hidden pathways, all set amongst architectural delights and a dazzling array of flowers, shrubs and specimen trees, creating a unique oasis in this corner of London.
We went on a very warm Sunday in October and although there were lots of people at the cafe it was a very quiet place to be. We walked around the grounds without passing many people at all, a total sense of calm.
There's a cafe with seating inside and outside, serving an array of different drinks, dishes and lots of delicious cakes. I definitely recommend the carrot cake!
We didn't go in to the main house but we looked around all the grounds which kept us animated and interested enough not to have to go in to the house itself.
Please see my blog for further pictures and info: http://emiloudesigns.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/an-indian-summers-sunday.html

Thank Emma C
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