The restored Strawberry Hill House, created by Horace Walpole in the eighteenth century and recognised as one of the finest examples of Georgian Gothic revival architecture, reopened to the public in 2010.
On Mar 1 2015, Walpole's private rooms will open to the public – after major restoration – for the first time since the 1700s. You will at last be able to admire the lavish decor in Walpole's bedroom, the Turkish motifs on the tented ceiling over the breakfast room and the study in which Walpole effectively invented the Gothic novel: here he wrote 'The Castle of Otranto'.
After the initial restoration, work began on the restoring and landscaping the garden, and with work almost complete, visitors can now enjoy a rare example of an eighteenth-century theatrical shrubbery, a willow grotto and woodland trail for children, and a recreation of the exotic 'Shell Bench' designed by Richard Bentley.
Entry to the garden and cafe is free, with both open almost year-round; see the venue website for details of winter closing.
To take a photo tour of Strawberry Hill, click here: www.timeout.com/london/gallery/560/strawberry-hill-photo-tour
NB: opening hours sometimes change for private events - check the website for details. In addition, the 2015 Rugby World Cup has numerous fixtures in nearby Twickenham Stadium: to avoid disruption, on the following days the house will be closed: Sept 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17-18, 24-25, 31.