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Osterley Park and House, Hounslow

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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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  • Exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly volunteers - all seemed to be proud of having this elegant building and gardens in the middle of suburban West London. The house is not huge but has enough... 
    Exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly volunteers - all seemed to be proud of having this elegant building and gardens in the middle of suburban West London. The house is not huge but has enough...  more »
  • Unfortunately the House seems to be closed more than its open, no explanation on the website, just states House closed. In comparison to other NT properties Osterley seems to close frequently, house.....  more
    Unfortunately the House seems to be closed more than its open, no explanation on the website, just states House closed. In comparison to other NT properties Osterley seems to close frequently, house.....  more »
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  • A visit to the house is worth it if there are enough volunteers to have all rooms open. The inside gardens managed by the NT are beautiful and there are lots of chairs people can use when its a sunny day. The best part is that the park outside is also huge and you can visit without paying. Its also close enough to a tube station. If you take a car, you will need to pay around £7 for the entire day. Food sale, ice creams , coffee and toilets are also outside the paying area.
  • We visited Osterley park and we had National trust card so Free parking. It’s huge park with full of beautiful flowers. The park is big enough to ride a bicycle 🚲 we may come back with bicycles next time. It’s a fun to visit the party place of house and garden. They have toilet and cafe too.!! And little store. Great fun 🤩

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