Strawberry Hill

The completion of the second stage of the award-winning restoration of Horace Walpole’s
Gothic villa, Strawberry Hill, will be unveiled to the public on 1 March 2015, with five of
Horace Walpole’s private rooms on display for the first time since the 18th century.
Beginning in 2013, the second phase of the far-reaching restoration has been made possible
with a £821,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) together with partnership
funding from other trusts and foundations.
Strawberry Hill in Twickenham, London, was created by the writer, collector and historian
Horace Walpole, the youngest son of Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole.
Horace Walpole transformed a modest house in fashionable Twickenham into his own ‘little
gothic castle’ creating a tourist attraction that was as popular in its own time as it is today.
The house is Britain’s finest example of Georgian Gothic Revival architecture. But in the
late 1900s the house fell into significant disrepair and was classified by the World
Monuments Fund as one of the world’s 100 most endangered sites and included in English
Heritage’s, ‘at Risk Register’ from 1991. The first stage of restoration saw a £8.9 million
programme planned. Funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, with partnership funding
from English Heritage, The Architectural Heritage Fund, The World Monuments Fund,
Britain and many other trusts and foundations led to the opening of the building in 2010,
with 20 rooms fully restored including the famous State Apartment.