Surrounded by gardens, park and farmland, Osterley is one of the last surviving country estates in London.
Described by Horace Walpole as 'the palace of palaces', Osterley was created in the late 18th century by Robert Adam for the Child family – owners of Child's Bank – as a place to entertain and impress their friends and clients. Today the house is presented as it would have looked in the 1780s, including many of the Child's original treasures.
A six-year-long project returned the overgrown gardens to 18th century grandeur, including herbaceous borders, roses and ornamental vegetables beds. The original Robert Adam summer house is filled with lemon trees and scented shrubs.
A collection of rare portraits and artworks has been returned to Osterley Park and House on a ten-year loan. It includes portraits of the Childs which have been absent for over six decades.
Among them are pictures of Robert Child and his family, such as his wife Sarah Jodrell whose embroidery can be seen at the house. There is also a portrait of their daughter Sarah Anne Child who was disinherited from her father’s fortune for eloping to Gretna Green to marry the Earl of Westmorland.