Osterley Park and House, Isleworth

Osterley Park is a mansion set in a large park of the same name. It is in the London Borough of Hounslow, part of the western suburbs of London.
When the house was built it was surrounded by rural countryside. It was one of a group of large houses close to London which served as country retreats for wealthy families, but were not true country houses on large agricultural estates. Other surviving country retreats of this type near London include Syon House and Chiswick House. The park is one of the largest open spaces in west London, although the M4 motorway cuts across the middle of it.
ElizabethanThe original building on this site was a manor house built in the 1570s for banker Sir Thomas Gresham, who purchased the manor of Osterley in 1562. The "faire and stately brick house" was completed in 1576. It is known that Queen Elizabeth visited. The stable block from this period remains at Osterley Park. Gresham was so wealthy he also bought the neighbouring Manor of Boston in 1572.
Child and AdamTwo hundred years later the manor house was falling into disrepair, when, as the result of a mortgage default, it came into the ownership of Sir Francis Child, the founder of Child's Bank. In 1761 Sir Francis's grandsons, Francis and Robert, employed Scottish architect Robert Adam, who was just emerging as one of the most fashionable architects in Britain, to remodel the house. When Francis died in 1763, the project was taken up by his brother and heir Robert Child, for whom the interiors were created.
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  • The massive beautiful brickwork Osterley house originally the 16th century home of Sir Thomas Gresham Chancellor of Exchequer to Queen Elizabeth-I and visited twice by her! Its redesigning was...  more »
  • I use Osterley Park regularly. It is a wonderful open space much appreciated by locals and visitors alike. Hardly surprising that I was delighted when ‘Tea with a Tiger’ was advertised to be the...  more »
  • Excellent place to go to. It has a sense of serene calmness even when there’s plenty of people around. I haven’t been into the Osterley House but the grounds themselves are really good. There is plenty of space for kids to run around (mind the pond and steep steps!). There is a massive fenced areas where children can really have a great time). The parking charges are excessive even by London standards, £7 per car - free for National Trust members. I suggest parking off street and walking. Lesser charge and you get a nice, long walk to the actual grounds. The walk itself is very pretty and tree lined.
  • A lovely house and garden to explore. The national trust are once again doing a great job at preservation of this site. Check times of guided tours as different parts of house are open through out year.The gardens ate stunning and its woodlands are great for a short stroll. The tea room is excellent. It’s close to the London Underground from the centre of London.

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