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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Ham House

Ham House
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Owner description: Splendidly preserved 17th-century house and gardens.
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2014

Beautiful house and gardens, could spend an entire day in those gardens. The house was pretty, but not much information throughout the house which was a shame. The one room with good info was the room about filming done at ham house, which was very interesting. Gift shop also lovely.

Visited April 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Great glimpse into life in the 1700's”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

This house is an impressively preserved 16C mansion, initially built in the 1600's. Lots of the rooms and furnishings are as they were, including the curious green closet. The artworks painted on ceilings etc are in stirling condition. There is a self guided approach with stewards in each room who were very helpful. It is set in lovely formal gardens that warrant inspection. You can get there by bus from Richmond, but there is also a foot ferry that costs £1 per person and you can get across from the Twickenham side. We walked from Ham House to Stawberry Hill House which was delightful along the river and back streets. Ham House is well worth a visit and is as good as many of the more famous National Trust properties in the area.

Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Lovely house, let down by poor cafe service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

Set by the Thames, this property is in a glorious location, with beautifully maintained house and gardens. Both the entrance gate staff and entrance door staff missed an opportunity to upsell the guide book. Basement well worth a visit, as is the walled garden with the converted greenhouse. Great place for a cafe/restaurant, but woefully understaffed. Queued 20 mins for a very limited selection of food (it was only 1.15pm), no obvious manager in charge, no-one clearing outside tables. Suggest you bring a picnic on weekends!

Visited May 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Nice gardens - House could be better”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2014

The house could be improved with better information in each room, as well as an overall introduction and history at the start.
Instead there was just one folder in most rooms which meant each visitor had to wait to get it, and then not spend too reading as others were waiting. Some rooms had no information at all. Perhaps a leaflet could be handed out with tickets, or have a few information sources per room. One or two of the guides were enthusiastic and told visitors about the place which was good.
The bathroom, still room and below stairs are most enjoyable. Some of the main house rooms rather dull.

Visited May 2014
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“Beautiful Location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2014

Visited this house a couple of times now.The outside of the house is very impressive, more so than the inside really. We thought the rooms were quite sparse and most had to be viewed under very low electric light as the blinds are drawn. When we visited on May 18th, the cabinets were opened and we were also allowed into some private closet rooms that back in the day only the most important guests would have been allowed to see. Lots of paintings, but not so much furniture. Below stairs was more interesting as we saw the kitchens and beer cellar and bath house. We were also treated to a drink of Morocco Ale, which is also sold in the NT shop, by a very pleasant male guide. Outside there is a tea shed as well as the new orangery restaurant, plus the grounds and gardens to visit. As it's right by the Thames, it's an ideal location on a fine day for a walk or river trip or just to sit and soak up the sun. There are picnic tables in the house grounds and plenty of grassy areas for picnics. Worth a visit and as Marble Hill House is also almost opposite on the other side of the bank (can be reached by ferry which takes but 2 minutes) it is possible to do the two houses in one day.

Visited May 2014
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