Osterley Park is a Georgian country estate in west London, now owned by the National Trust. Described by Horace Walpole as ‘the palace of palaces’, Osterley was created in the late 18th century by architect and designer Robert Adam for the Child family to entertain and impress their friends and clients. Surrounded by gardens, park and farmland, Osterley is one of the last surviving country estates in London.
The property is managed by the National Trust.
Osterley Park House
The House is well worth a visit. The family of Sir Francis Child, founder of Child’s bank, restored the house in the late eighteenth century with the aid of architect Robert Adam. The house was originally Tudor but fell into disrepair.
It is presented as it would have looked in the 1780s:
‘Enter the house as the family’s guests would have via the impressive stone steps leading up to the portico. Stroll through the colourful formal gardens, transformed during our six year-long project from an overgrown wilderness back to their 18th century grandeur of herbaceous borders, roses and ornamental vegetables beds. Look out for the original Robert Adam summer house full of lemon trees and highly scented shrubs.’
The house has a nice café in what used to be the stables, with hot and cold food on offer. The grounds are wonderful to walk around and play in; there are woods, a lake, a forgotten boathouse and an ancient meadow to explore, bursting with wildflowers and butterflies in summer.
Dogs are not allowed in the gardens. They are allowed in the park on a lead. There is a designated off-lead area on the front lawn.
Check Osterley Park and House website for opening times and prices.
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