A landscape walk around the beautifully restored Strawberry Hill gardens is ideal for a warm afternoon.
It is easy to see why Horace Walpole called Strawberry Hill ‘the prettiest bauble you ever saw’.
In June the house received a Europa Nostra Grand Prix award for the jaw dropping restoration that it underwent between 2007 and 2010 and this summer, they are resuming their bi-monthly landscape garden walks - perfect for a meander in the sun.
Before the restoration project, Strawberry Hill was on English Heritage’s ‘Heritage at Risk’ register, which is hard to believe when you see the intricate renovation of the gothic bookcases in the library or the crimson silk and regilded ceiling in the Round Room.
Once you've seen the grand interiors, make sure you head out into the gardens. The 'Landscape Tours', as they're known, are fascinating short walks accompanied by an expert volunteer which take in the beautiful grounds from Alexander Pope's nearby grotto to Walpole's chapel in the woods.
Particularly lovely is the replica of Walpole’s original shell bench (pictured). Overlooking the Thames, it is made to seat three people - a fact the restorers knew thanks to one of Walpole’s letters which describes his three nieces, the ladies Waldegrave, all sitting on it together.
Strawberry Hill Landscape Tours are on Wednesday afternoons every fortnight. Admission free. Admission to the house is £8.40 and £5.25 for children.
Strawberry Hill, 268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, London, TW1 4ST