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“A house on the grand scale”
Review of Ham House

Ham House
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Splendidly preserved 17th-century house and gardens.
Reviewed September 28, 2013

This part Jacobean,part Stuart House is still furnished in the style of Charles II's court and it's gardens are still in the fashion of that period. The interior is furnished with original fine art that is maintained to a very high standard.We were impressed by the knowledge and enthusiasm of the staff ,and would particularly recommend a conducted tour of the gardens. As in most National Trust properties,the food is of high quality although the menu choice is limited.The restaurant is
attractively situated in the orangery within the walled kitchen garden (which provides much of the produce used in the kitchen).
We spent four hours in the house and grounds of Ham and it was barely long enough to see every aspect of the property. If a walk along the towpath of the nearby River Thames is to be included,then then a whole day should be set aside for visiting this attraction !

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Reviewed September 23, 2013

I have been to Ham House many times. It's a beautiful house and set by the River Thames within walking distance of Richmond and Ham. The house itself is great, the formal gardens are okay, rather than stunning. There is plenty of parkland for children to run around and burn off some energy outside the house running down to the river and there is no charge to enjoy this parkland area. Well worth visiting. There are also lots of lovely easy Sunday afternoon type walking paths in Petersham and Ham, plus the foot ferry between Ham House and Marble Hill.

Thank Juliette T
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

Situated as it is - on the banks of the Thames - it is an ideal place to stop for afternoon tea during after a walk along the Thames into Richmond.

Homemade scones delicious!

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Reviewed September 5, 2013

Had a wonderful afternoon at Ham House. A great way to spend an afternoon. This is the second attempt to see Ham House (it's shut on Fridays and many other days).
The staff were so informative and the whole experience was enjoyable after a pleasant walk from Richmond Station.
Enjoyed a glass of wine in their café with a peaceful view of the gardens.
As I said the only down side is their strange opening hours, considering we were there in August early closing, I believe at that time of year the house shut at 4pm and the gardens at 5pm.

Thank ladies_that_lunch429
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Ham House is packed with interest – both the Gardens and the House. I visited on a day full of special events but the Garden Tour is a regular feature and was informative & v interesting. Its not a garden full of bright flowering borders but a restrained formal garden reflecting the tastes of that period. The tour brought out the social purpose of such a garden very well. The House itself felt rich in history & stories. It’s compact enough to feel manageable since it is a family home even if on grand scale. So there are the apartments of the Duke & Duchess as well as the Queen’s apartments - all full of stories about how this house was run & the lives of courtiers. There is also a peek at life downstairs in the kitchen basement. The Route Guide booklet is a “must”. It’s just the right length of info with a short paragraph for each room and very clear directions to negotiate the whole space. Also I found the guides in key room very informative – you just need to engage and indicate to them that you are open for them to tell you about the room otherwise they will keep a discrete distance. I didn’t visit the café but there are vegetable gardens whose produce is used for the café food which is a nice touch. The House will take 1-2 hours – I am not a big one to read & dwell on detail but the house is very well presented and therefore accessible & fascinating. The Garden Tour takes 30 mins & is recommended. Check out their website for other special events. If you want to check out anything specific, in my experience email queries to National Trust properties or indeed calls are answered well. Ham House is very close to the river and there are nice riverside walks to Richmond and along the river. Well worth it.

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