I waked one morning, in the beginning of last June, from a dream, of which, all I could recover, was, that I had thought myself in an ancient castle (a very natural dream for a head like mine filled with Gothic story).
– Horace Walpole, 1765.
I had the pleasure of visiting Horace Walpole’s estate at Strawberry Hill in Twickenham. The estate has been restored, and is a tourist attraction (mostly locals). Restorations are still being made to the building – his bedroom is one of the works-in-progress. Most other rooms such as the library and several bedrooms are restored. Here are some snaps:
The Castle from the exterior.
Restored stained glass in the castle’s windows. Note the Gothic arches.
The Library. The arched frame swings outward, allowing people access to the books behind it.
As part of the experience, I undertook a ‘Twilight Tour’ of the grounds. This is Margo, the director’s cat, who lives on the grounds. I thought it apt that we were joined by a black cat for a night tour of the grounds.
The stained glass stuff.