Horace Walpole, youngest son of Prime Minister, Robert Walpole, is credited with writing the first gothic novel - The Castle of Otranto.
|Strawberry Hill House|
I visited last year when the builders were still in the middle of the restoration, but those rooms that were complete were bright, colourful and full of interesting details. The Guides in the rooms were able to bring the house, history and restoration to life. Now that the remaining rooms have been finished, I am looking forward to revisiting the house and will, no doubt, enjoy another snack in the cafe.
A lot of the rooms' features take inspiration from famous buildings.
Here's the website with all the details. Strawberry Hill station is nearby and in fact, it doesn't take too long to walk to Twickenham station either.
|Dandelions in the garden looking fabulous and yellowy|
|Entrance to house|
|Window in the hallway|
|Copies of original chairs|
|The Blue Room was painted this particular colour to enhance the views outside.|
|The Gallery ceiling|
|Ceiling design taken from his friend John Chute's house - The Vyne|
|Great North Bedchamber|
|The Round Room|
|Strawberry motif on gates|
Now I've popped this on the blog, I can't wait to pay Strawberry Hill another visit!
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