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“Fairy tale meets fairy cake!”

Strawberry Hill House
Ranked #2 of 28 things to do in Twickenham
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Visiting Strawberry Hill is a truly theatrical experience. On approach to the building it is immediately apparent from the whitewashed walls and crenelations that this is no ordinary stately home. Once inside the visitor will find the rooms magically lit by a unique collection of renaissance glass with a gloomy castle-like hall and grey gothic staircase leading dramatically to the magnificence of the gallery and state apartment. Between 2007 and 2015 the structure of the building was saved from ruin and the eccentric interiors have been fully restored to their late 18th century style. The restoration project has won major awards from the European Union, the Georgian Group, RICS and RHS, and is shortlisted as 2015's Best Tourism Project at the British Guild of Travel Writer's Awards. As well as guided tours and self-guided visits, we also offer events and family activities as well as an excellent cafe and shop.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Baby buggy parking, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 5 October 2013

Strawberry Hill House looks like a small fairy tale castle or a wedding cake you can walk into. Horace Walpole, son of our first prime minister, didn't care that much about accurate history; he was all about imagination, stories hinted at rather than told. At the time of writing, entry tickets are small booklets describing the rooms; these booklets are a great idea,useful at the time and sweet keepsakes for afterwards. Each room has a curator very ready to answer questions and tell stories about Horace and his house.The house is so pretty, the only disappointment might be that the rooms are almost empty; Walpole's collections are cherished and kept by Yale University. To me, the emptiness didn't detract at all, it just meant I could view the house clearly and enjoy its charm!

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Reviewed 30 September 2013

This "wedding cake" house built in 18th century by Horace Walpole is a charming way to spend an afternoon,great cafe on site too.This house is a work in progress and not yet the finished article.Lottery funding will help its further restoration.Rooms are a bit lacking in furniture and artwork,but staff very helpful and enthusiastic.

Thank TOOTHFAIRY123_10
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

Horace Walpole's 'plaything house' has been deliciously restored and sits within fanciful gardens. A wonderful place to enjoy the thrills of 'horrid tales' and observe the extravagant fancies of Mr Walpole. The restoration has been meticulously done and he would be amazed to see his 'paper buildings' still standing. I would recommend wandering round at your own pace. Our guide (on a guided tour) was so enthusiastic and had done his research so thoroughly he was eager to impart every last fact to us. This is a place of fun and fantasy and a little peace to absorb the atmosphere would be have been welcome- the art is to leave your audience wanting more...
Cafe delivered lovely food, charming staff, nice shop... go at once and as it quotes from Rabelais in the stained glass 'do what you will' there!

2  Thank TrilbyWestCountry
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

To visit this house is a delight
Each room is a gem.painted in rich Gothic colours and brilliant gilding.
It is a fantasy which can be shared by all visitors the guides are so enthusiastic and informative,
Eager to share their love of the house but not intrusive.
There is a room with a short film showing the history and restoration of the house,a shop and a lovely cafe serving lovely lunches and delicious coffee tea and cakes.
My friend and I were so impressed by our visit at Open House that we decided to join Friends of the House, and look forward to future visits and to the varied events held there..

Thank Annyounis
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

Apparently the summer home of the son of the first prime minister in GB, he lived well! Congrats out to the Friends of Strawberry Hill House for steady restoration and obvious adoration in getting the house back to it's former glory. Albeit there is not much furniture, the individuals in each room and the tapestry of history bring the house to life. Our kids played with the curtain clothes and looked the part in ancient history. It's an interesting tour through the styles and activities of the very well to do of it's time. You have to wonder how rich and powerful these people were to be able to build such a folly of a home in it's time. The grounds are worth while wandering around, we were lucky on a beautiful summers day. We had lunch in the restaurant which had a challenging menu for our kids, and challenging price tag for the parents. The food was nice, but maybe should be reconsidered with respect to pricing it seems steep for the current environment. I could see many had brought picnics obviously aware of the steep pricing. I would have rated visit as excellent but for the pricing and menu of the restaurant. The shop is great and has unusual items which is great to see compared to standard uK high street shops. Will visit again but will bring our own lunch. Have alook at the flower bedding, it's great, obviously someone has good green fingers. There was one plant I had never seen before, red one with bell shaped flowers, anyone know what it is?

Thank mebo40
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