Going on a tour can be exciting, but when it is a twilight and gothic tour, then even better! I do love to go on tours. When I travel I do prefer exploring then a total relaxing holiday. It’s better to have both worlds really.
The West London Wonders enable people to discover a hidden world of art and culture with a collection of 11 museums, galleries and historic houses. Strawberry Hill House is one of those wonders, encompassing a lot of interesting facts, history and stories. Strawberry Hill House has such a majestic feel to it, just from it’s exterior. The white walls are very Prague like with its gothic and grand, old worldly feel! To say its like from a fairy-tale is an understatement.
Can you just see the sunsetting in the background?
The house sits in the posh and fashionable Twickenham near the Thames and was owned by the eccentric Horace Walpole who wrote the first gothic novel in 1974. He loved to collect art and had some unusual rules that only 4 visitors per day allowed of whom children were not.
There are many rooms to visit, some full of light and some deliberately dark, so much so that you can see their gothic splendour. Even the chairs were designed, so that you can see their gothic shadows and “gloomth” – a word created by Walpole himself.
It’s walls, ceilings and library are full of magnificence. The library was very glorious with its expandable frames, it really reminded me of Harry Potter.
Lost treasures of Strawberry Hill Exhibition opens on 20 October 2018 – 24 February 2019. From entry to the house, to the amazing rooms, this tour is a must-see. Book here >
I will walk you through our time at Strawberry Hill House through pictures:
The Oldly Worldly feel –
As we enter the house (the gloomth is here)-
In awe of the beautiful stained-glass windows –
The grandest room –
Very Harry Potter!
Horace Walpole liked to collect art and his paintings were of family members. He had a quirkiness about him, he often put wives (of his family) on one side and on the other a mistress.
Some of the art he had was auctioned off at the likes of Christy’s, but there is a search to get them back and hopefully by the exhibition in October some of those items can be put back in their rightful place.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable day and got to learn about Horace Walpole and history at the same time. Do visit!