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A pleasant escape that could have been outstanding with better communication and food options

Lovely visit over the beautiful and sunny bank holiday weekend. Not terribly jammed with visitors... read more

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ajerseypatron
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London, United Kingdom
Pleasant Visit.

Pleasant Visit. Was able the freely wander tha gardens and view the ground floor of the house; I... read more

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Reviewed March 13, 2020

Visited Ham House on a cold sunny day and it was very cold inside (apart from the kitchen) as they are keen to protect the artifacts from warping. There is a huge amount of marquetry, some of which is spectacular. I wasn't too keen on the paintings and tapestries as they were a bit dull. It may be due to the lighting but also I'm not keen on that period of art. The bathroom gave an interesting insight into bathing habits of the time. The staff were very knowledgeable, approachable and friendly. The gardens are formal and well laid out. The crocuses were just on the turn but provided a spectacular sight. The vegetable garden is undergoing refurbishment of its box hedges, but there is still plenty to see and in general the plant labelling is very good. The cafe in the orangery serves good reasonably priced food and on a sunny day you can sit outside looking over the veg garden sheltered from the elements. In addition to visiting the house there is a nice riverside walk along the Thames. There is limited parking near to the house with a free riverside car park (liable to flooding!) a couple of hundred yards away.

Date of experience: March 2020
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Reviewed March 8, 2020

I visited this house for the grounds early, as I had just visited Richmond Park to view the deer at sunset and wanted to have break before heading home.

There is parking nearby, but this was full when I got back to my car.

The grounds are not the biggest, but they can be easily walked around and there is a nice spot near the orangery to just sit and relax and reflect.

I enjoyed visiting the second hand bookshop and the staff in the main shop were very patient and friendly, considering they had huge problems with all their payment systems offline. 5 stars for their professional and calm attitude.

I would like to return to visit the house inside.

Date of experience: December 2019
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Reviewed March 2, 2020

I’d wanted to visit Ham House for ages, and was in no way disappointed when I eventually made it. The house is so early (Charles I 1620-25) with extraordinary alterations by the owners, like cutting a vast hole in their dining room floor to create a gallery landing! I couldn’t work out any flow in the layout of the house, but that may have been because we had to enter by a side door because of the high wind. The sign to the alternative entrance had blown round, so we mistakenly went round the gardens surrounding the house twice, but they are a perfect example of an untouched garden layout. On the day we went squares were purple with crocus, whilst daffodils were enclosed by bare hedges. I was fascinated to hear that the grass is still cut with horse drawn mowing machines! All so authentic. In the distance families rode bikes or strolled along the bank of the Thames. I seem to remember that the house once held a musical instrument collection, but now is only furnished with period pieces. Fortunately just before leaving we spotted the way to the bathroom on the ground floor, the first room purposely dedicated as a bathroom in England I believe. Worth going just to see that! Afterwards, despite the wind and it being February, we sat in the herb garden eating hot stew from the cafe. I thought the whole experience absolutely marvellous! Such fun.

Date of experience: February 2020
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Reviewed February 11, 2020 via mobile

3.5 stars - the grounds were nice enough, although drainage could have been improved. Inside the house, there were some areas inaccessible and under repair. Still, a very nice place.

Date of experience: February 2020
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Reviewed February 6, 2020

Ham House and Gardens are very accessible being close to Richmond Park and the graceful Thames River which passes nearby. This impressive Stuart house was built in 1610 and still retains its grandure and stunning gardens. The garden alone covers 20 acres. Ham House is open all year from 10am to 5pm. Admittance is free for National Trust members. As at our last visit, National Trust members had free admittance, Non Trust adult members were charged 12.50 (British Pound), children 6.20 (British Pound) or families 31.25 (British Pound). There may be times when it is closed for special occasions. Tickets were able to be purchased from a small marque inside the main gates. You are able to wander through the house and gardens at leisure. From memory photos were ok but not the use of flashes. It states full disabled access, parking is free 400 yards away. Guided tours are possible for groups with prior arrangement. There is also a small shop with a variety of souvenirs. The art throughout Ham House iis superb and the gardens are exquisite. From memory, I think the entry was small stones so suggest high heels would not be ideal. There is also a cafe on site.

Date of experience: December 2019
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