Close to London, there are several stately homes which were the pleasure houses and gardens of the very rich. Several of these were Tudor buildings which were greatly refurbished during the 18th century by such architects as Robert Adam. There is Syon House, Chiswick House, and Osterley Park. For those coming to London for a short visit and want to see a “country house” without traveling to Gloucestershire or further afield, Osterley House is the answer. This great house was originally built in the 1570′s by Sir Thomas Gresham, but was almost completely refurbished by Robert Adam for Robert Child in 1761 to a most magnificent residence. When Sir Robert Walpole first saw the residence, he uttered the famous words WORTHY OF EVE BEFORE THE FALL. The elaborate but restrained plasterwork throughout the house is stunning. The French Aubusson and Gobelin French room is amazing to find in an 18th century English house. Much of the furniture which is still in the house was also designed by Robert Adam as architects of the period were also furniture designers. Robert Adam’s State Bed is a “must see” on anyone’s list; it is incredible. There are numerous ways to reach Osterley Park from central London including a taxi; beg your way back. I always figure that if I can get there, I will figure out a way for a return. The house is very close to London–in fact, in the suburbs. Here are a few images which I hope will intrigue and help you consider Osterley Park as a first rate possibility for your visit to London.
Thomas Moore email: TMooreSr@me.com Telephone: 801.791.9918