Visit: Strawberry Hill House, Marble Hill House and Orleans House
| Strawberry Hill House
Wednesday 9 February 2011 - 08:15 until 18:30
Strawberry Hill House was described by Horace Walpole as his 'plaything house'. Built in the Georgian Gothic Revival style, the house has just reopened after a £9 million repair and restoration programme. Walpole based the designs for the house on the architecture of the great gothic cathedrals and abbeys and their tombs, arched doorways, and carved screens. But, instead of being made out of stone, all of the decoration at Strawberry Hill is made out of wood, plaster and papier mache. After a guided tour of the house, a visit to two other Thames-side houses: Marble Hill and Orleans House. Marble Hill was built for Henrietta Howard (Countess of Suffolk and George II's mistress) in the Palladian style and contains an extensive collection of 18th Century paintings and furniture. Orleans House was once the home of Louis Philippe d'Orleans when he was in exile. What remains of it is an octagonal Baroque room designed by James Gibbs in the early 18th century. Its newly developed Gallery was shortlisted for the Art Fund Prize in 2009.