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“A house with hidden talents”
Review of Fenton House

Fenton House
Ranked #367 of 1,656 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
548 reviews
369 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
“A house with hidden talents”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

What a wonderful surprize, after being somewhat underwhelmed by 2 Willow Road, this National Trust property was full of delights. Somebody as playing one of the collection of keyboards, which added to the atmosphere, then there was the quirky art collection( look out for the cows), the spacious attics but most of all, after accepting the written invitation to step out onto the roof balcony, one of the best views of London I've ever seen. I can't believe that it is not used as more of a selling point.

Visited April 2014
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London
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“Beautiful property and garden”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

Fenton House owned - by the National Trust - is hidden away in Hampstead just 300 yards from Hampstead Underground Station. This late 17th century house is a real treasure, beautifully preserved and kept; the formal and informal ornamental gardens at the rear of the property provide a tranquil oasis full of interesting colourful plants and flowers, ornamental trees and well-clipped hedges. Rooms are furnished with period furniture. Highlights are the extensive pottery and porcelain collections on display and several dozen early keyboard and stringed instruments that inhabit almost every room. What an amazing collection. On the day I visited there was an impromptu musical performance in progress (harpsichord and viols) giving atmosphere to the ground floor rooms. All staff on duty were very welcoming and ready to talk about the exhibits. Admission to the house and gardens is free for National Trust members or a very reasonable £6 for non members. There are stunning views of London from the external balcony at the top of the house.

Visited April 2014
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
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3 attraction reviews
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“Great time out”
Reviewed 12 April 2014 via mobile

I visited the house with my mum today. There was plenty of volunteers to assist us and the rooms and garden were lovely. We saw a great view of London from a balcony. Well worth a visit.

Visited April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
180 reviews
89 attraction reviews
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“Nice house, very beautiful garden”
Reviewed 31 January 2014

The house is very nice, there is mix or artifacts from the owner of the house and a selection of art and music pieces which are nice to look at. I would really recommend the garden on a sunny day, you are free to bring a picnic and sunbathe, there are trees with apples growing on them and there is even a secret garden.

If you are in the Hampstead area, I would recommend you buy a joint ticket for 2 willow road Erno Goldfinger’s house, best to go to willow road first to book your time on the tour then go straight to Fenton house (its only about a 10min walk).

Visited September 2013
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Spokane, Washington
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“My highlight of Hampstead”
Reviewed 30 October 2013

A visit to this 1698 William and Mary house is certainly well worth the visit. This beautifully maintained house is appropriately decorated with antiques and harpsichords. I was fortunate to visit while a very talented gentleman related the history of the instruments and then proceeded to play several pieces. The staff was also friendly and well informed. Spend a half hour in the garden for they definitely match the house in beauty.

Visited September 2013
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