We really enjoyed our visit to Ham House which is a National Trust house which conserves a 17th century decor which has become quite unusual. The house was built by Charles I' s whipping boy (the little boy who played with the future king as a child and was punished if the prince was naughty) who clearly did well from his experience. There are many highlights, but do not miss the short tours which run every quarter of an hour of the Queen's Apartments. These were created when it was thought that Charles II might divorce his Queen, Catherine of Braganza, in order to have a legitimate heir. This did not happen, but the apartments remain as an example of the series of rooms that progressed towards the monarch, as seen at Versailles. There are also gardens, shop and a tea room. We wanted to have lunch at the tea room, but had to make do with sandwiches which was the only fault we could find with our visit. We parked on the lane just outside the gates, and understand there is a carpark down by the river.
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