Marble Hill House
A magnificent Palladian villa set in 66 acres of riverside parkland, Marble Hill House built between 1724-29 and Grade I listed is the last complete survivor of the elegant villas which boarded the Thames between Richmond and Hampton Court in the 18th century.
It was begun in 1724 for Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk, a remarkable 18th-century woman of letters, who also was the mistress of King George II and friend and confidant of some of the cleverest men in England. The house and gardens were planned by a courtier of fashionable connoisseurs, including Henriette's neighbour, the poet Alexander Pope. It's compact design became the model for many English Georgian villas and colonial American 'plantation houses'.
Inside, you can discover exquisitely restored and refurbished interiors. A particular highlight is the unique and meticulously recreated hand-painted Chinese wallpaper in the Dining Parlour. There is also a fine collection of early Georgian paintings, including portraits of Mrs Howard and her circle. Marble Hill was intended as an Acadian retreat from crowded 18th-century London, and there can be few places in England which better recall the atmosphere of George and fashionable life.