Strawberry Hill House is one of the best-documented houses in the country. Not only did Walpole leave ‘A Description of the Villa of Horace Walpole’ but he also described it in numerous letters and commissioned drawings by John Carter & paintings by Heinrich Muntz to record the changing appearance of the House.

When  restoration research began in 2004, these sources were critical to understanding the materials and details of Walpole’s original design. Work began in 2006 to restore all 25 show rooms to their appearance in the 1790s at the time of Walpole’s death.

The roof was extensively repaired with new lead work and re-slated with Westmorland slate. Carved oak pinnacles were reinstated, castellated parapets restored to their original proportions and 19th Century chimney pots stabilised and repaired on the roof. The old exterior cementitious render was removed and replaced with new lime ‘harling’ (a lime & pebble stucco render) to restore Strawberry Hill to its original ‘wedding cake’ appearance.

In the course of works, the Great Tower was found to be poorly repaired in the past and badly damaged. It was carefully dismantled and rebuilt using the original frame wherever possible. The same can be said of much of the Renaissance glass present in the House, much of which was removed and then restored off-site.

Visitors can see the process of restoration at the House in the Discovery Room, where different layers of wallpaper, Lady Waldegrave’s intricate bell system and restored windows are all laid bare.

Restoration Team

Curator and Chairman, Strawberry Hill Trust:

Michael Snodin

Consultants:

  • Restoration Architects: Peter Inskip + Peter Jenkins, Architects (Peter Inskip, Stephen Gee, Kevin Rogers)
  • Garden Historian: Mark Laird
  • Project Manager/Contact Administrators: Fanshawe LLP (Rupert Symmons)
  • Quantity Surveyors: Fanshawe LLP: (Graeme Ross)
  • Structural Engineers: Mann Williams (Jeff Stott)
  • M & E Consultants: Martin Thomas Associates Ltd: (Martin Thomas, Ian Puttock)
  • Main Contractor: E Bowman and Sons (Brian Hembrow, Dave Bedford)
  • Paint Analysis: Catherine Hassall
  • Wallpaper Analysis: Mark Sandiford
  • Glass Conservation: Chapel Studio
  • Glass Historical Research: Michael Peover, Paul San Casciani
  • Scagliola repair to chimney piece: Chris Wells
  • Fabric Weaving: Context Weavers (Anna Benson)
  • Fabric Weaving: fabric for the Round Room, the Great Bed Chamber and the Beauclerk Closet The Humphries Weaving Company Ltd (Richard Humphries)
  • Stucco and plasterwork: Phil Gaiches and Conservation students from the University of Pennsylvania, London Metropolitan University, City and Guilds and the Prince’s Foundation

Venue Hire

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Within easy reach of central London, Strawberry Hill House is a stunning space for hosting a variety of events.

Get Involved

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Strawberry Hill House offers a range of opportunities to get involved in activities taking place in all areas of the House and Garden.