Syon House & Gardens
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This spectacular neoclassical mansion is Britain’s last surviving ducal residence.
The house at Syon Park was designed by the pioneering 18th-century architect Robert Adam and has been in the family of the present owners for 400 years. Seeped in British history, the site combines an opulent exterior, classical interiors and historic parkland.
Under 10 miles for London's Charing Cross, the beautiful house and park are a welcome respite from the busy city, plunging you into endless acres of gardens and countryside. Explore the unique tidal water meadows, a vast grass washland that floods at high tide creating a special habitat for wildlife, 150 species of fungi and countless ancient trees. And make sure not to miss the mesmerising Great Conservatory, designed by Charles Fowler in the 19th century. This vast glasshouse was unique at the time, when glasshouses were traditionally small and built primarily from stone.
Marvel at the stunning decoration inside the house, including a luxurious Morel and Hughes chaise longue (1823), a colourful scagliola floor pattern, a marble panel by Luc-Francois Breton and a mesmerising roundel ceiling painted by Italian artist, Cipriani. A year-round programme of events includes coffee mornings, woodland trails, food festivals and more, plus there is a delightful shop to purchase ceramics, books and confectionary among other knickknacks.
Why you should go
Stunning Baroque architecture
Was home to important figures in English history
Set in 40 acres of gardens in the style of a French formal garden