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“Hidden gem of history and peace and tranquility”

Strawberry Hill House
Ranked #2 of 28 things to do in Twickenham
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Visiting Strawberry Hill is a truly theatrical experience. On approach to the building it is immediately apparent from the whitewashed walls and crenelations that this is no ordinary stately home. Once inside the visitor will find the rooms magically lit by a unique collection of renaissance glass with a gloomy castle-like hall and grey gothic staircase leading dramatically to the magnificence of the gallery and state apartment. Between 2007 and 2015 the structure of the building was saved from ruin and the eccentric interiors have been fully restored to their late 18th century style. The restoration project has won major awards from the European Union, the Georgian Group, RICS and RHS, and is shortlisted as 2015's Best Tourism Project at the British Guild of Travel Writer's Awards. As well as guided tours and self-guided visits, we also offer events and family activities as well as an excellent cafe and shop.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Apparently the summer home of the son of the first prime minister in GB, he lived well! Congrats out to the Friends of Strawberry Hill House for steady restoration and obvious adoration in getting the house back to it's former glory. Albeit there is not much furniture, the individuals in each room and the tapestry of history bring the house to life. Our kids played with the curtain clothes and looked the part in ancient history. It's an interesting tour through the styles and activities of the very well to do of it's time. You have to wonder how rich and powerful these people were to be able to build such a folly of a home in it's time. The grounds are worth while wandering around, we were lucky on a beautiful summers day. We had lunch in the restaurant which had a challenging menu for our kids, and challenging price tag for the parents. The food was nice, but maybe should be reconsidered with respect to pricing it seems steep for the current environment. I could see many had brought picnics obviously aware of the steep pricing. I would have rated visit as excellent but for the pricing and menu of the restaurant. The shop is great and has unusual items which is great to see compared to standard uK high street shops. Will visit again but will bring our own lunch. Have alook at the flower bedding, it's great, obviously someone has good green fingers. There was one plant I had never seen before, red one with bell shaped flowers, anyone know what it is?

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is the largest Gothic style house in the UK. The guides are volunteers, they are enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. Each room is individually designed and we thoroughly enjoyed our tour. The café offered a nice selection of cakes with tea. Take a walk along the river after visiting the house. There are some lovely pubs overlooking the river which makes the visit to Twickenham even more enjoyable.

Thank Joan G
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

I really don't think this house is worth visiting if you're from somewhere really far. However, if you're around the area, you should drop by. The house is very pretty... But it's a rather empty house to me. Most of the things in the house were sold, leaving the house to be empty! I really don't know what's the point of seeing this house actually. But if you love architecture then you should drop by. Their windows are quite old and pretty. I'm not an artistic person nor a fan of architecture so I found this place rather uninteresting (fact that most of the things were sold!!). It depends on your personal interest really. This place is available for hire too - I think it would be a great place for wedding or wedding photoshoots. There are a couple of really beautiful spots in the house that can be very nice backdrops.

The staff who introduced the house was very engaging and helpful - willing to answer questions and gave us a very good introduction of the house.

I would love to come here for tea someday... The cafe looks pretty relaxing and it's really a great place to have tea.

1  Thank Crystalism
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

Nothing to dislike. Beautiful house and Orleans House next door. Get the ferry across the river to see Ham House, another treasure. Don't miss the Grotto!

Thank Michael J
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you like visiting houses, this is one not to miss. I visited here while attending a weekend course at St Mary's college, and it was well worth the visit. Combine it with a walk by the Thames for a great day out. The décor is well-restored and exotic, the ballroom grand, and the café makes a great place to rest and refresh. If the hot summer is getting to you, this makes a good day out in the shade!

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