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“Ham House - 400 years of English manor history”
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 27, 2017

The historic Ham House and gardens are a perfect way to spend a few hours touring a beautiful estate & gardens that captures the elegance of English manor life in the 1600's. Located on the Thames River in Richmond Upon Thames (London), it is only a 15 minute taxi from Big Ben.The price is very reasonable (7 quid or so) and funds go to the National Trust which owns and maintains the estate. The rooms and furnishings are mostly original and exquisite. This home has been used in many movies and TV locations (John Carter of Mars, Anna Karenina, etc). My special reason for loving the manor home is my ancestors (Lord Tollemache and the Earls of Dysart) counted this home as their family seat from the mid-1600's to the 1950's after WW2 when the house was donated to the government for tax purposes. Google it and go to their website. No review can do this beautiful home justice.

Thank Lee C
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Reviewed September 19, 2017

A very convenient day trip from London via the Underground to Richmond, and a walk along the river to Ham House. Sumptuous interior with exquisite wall tapestries and period furniture. The low light to protect the items made seeing the detail a little difficult, but understandable. The 'below stairs' was a great insight and well put together, although some of the personal stories could have been placed higher up for ease of reading rather than propped up on the floor!

The gardens are beautiful, and lovely to see even at the beginning of autumn.

Typically good café and outdoor seating, although the resident cat is a bit insistent and the overflying parakeets a bit incongruous!

A lovely day out.

Thank Cymru63
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Reviewed September 16, 2017

Ham House dates back to the 17th century and retains much of its original features. It is a wonderful house in a beautiful setting just a few yards back from the banks of the River Thames. If you can, approach the house from the river side and you will really appreciate the impact it has on the surrounding area. Being under the stewardship of the NationalTrust the house is well staffed with knowledgable people who want to tell you all about its history. The house is fascinating but before you go in watch the short video about its history in a small room in the courtyard as this sets the scene perfectly for you. There was one 'special' tour on offer in the house and two different garden tours on the day we visited. The cafe in the orangery is delightful offering all the usual goodies to eat and drink. If you're in the area I highly recommend a visit here.

2  Thank Bananasandwiches
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Reviewed September 14, 2017

Having spent the morning and lunchtime in Richmond Park, we decided to make a quick dash below to avail our NT memberships. It is a convoluted route to get to the parking area by the river and then a stroll back and up the drive to the entrance.

An imposing sight greeted us but because it was past 3pm we had to make a beeline for the basement quarters - kitchen, beer room and bathroom. Intriguing insights into Stuart life and a quick taste of beer. There is a comparatively small area open to view there before dashing up to the not very imposing main entrance of the house before the deadline.
Notable differences from other NT period properties reflecting the 17th Century styles and materials but regarded as "unique in Europe" for the period. No time to read the little handbooks and no real understanding of the Stuart royal connections, the Civil War, the Earls of Dysart and the people of the house other than a brief mention of William Murray, whipping boy and friend of Charles I. An impressive array of paintings, tapestries and furniture - some quite exotic. The volunteers have a wealth of knowledge about the house and one must admire their enthusiasm.
The gardens are formal but comparatively plain other than the walled parterre Cherry Garden, the kitchen garden and the formal wood. The Orangery café looked interesting from outside but we had no time to sample its offerings. Historically, long tree-lined avenues approached the house from the south and east and these still remain.

An imposing building which is quietly hidden from the bustle of the London/ Surrey suburban sprawl.
We want to return again with more time to spend to look at it in detail.
Free to NT members.

Thank stanmansurrey
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Reviewed September 13, 2017 via mobile

The second part of the day was on the spur of the moment. This house was a short journey from Osterley Park and House. About six miles but took thirty minutes to arrive. You can park in a carpark by the Thames and it's again free which is a bonus. The house is specular from the outside. It's a place where you need time to meander and appreciate many paintings and rooms.This is a must for talking to the well informed staff and getting a guided tour for a bonus. I recommend this house to be put on your visit list and of course the coffee shop for a well earned drink.

Thank Graham C
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