Strawberry Hill House
Members enjoyed a private tour after the first phase of an extensive restoration project. Accompanied by an experienced guide and we visited parts of the house not usually open to the general public. We met for coffee in the cloister before the tour while after the 1 ½ hours tour lunch was available. Strawberry Hill is Britain's finest example of Georgian Gothic Revival architecture and interior decoration. It began life in 1698 as a modest house, built by the coachmen of the Earl of Bradford. It was transformed into 'a little Gothic castle' by Horace Walpole, man of letters and the son of England's first Prime Minister.