Osterley House and Park

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Last weekend we went to Osterley House and Park, where they were having a 1770 Christmas celebration.

If you have ever driven from London to Heathrow Airport via the M4, you will have driven over Osterley Park and House. It is one of those places where I don’t think to many people know about, which is such a shame, as it is definitely one of more special and real feeling period houses I have visited.

On any day I think Osterley House would be worth a visit, it is so well kept, down to the fabric walls and detailedly painted ceilings that some of the rooms have.
But since they were having a Christmas celebrations on at that weekend, we obviously got to experience a little more. The house was decorated with evergreen, Georgian dancers showing dances of the era and in the kitchen they had fired up the old cooker and were making welsh cakes.
There was also activities in form of arts and craft in the basement for children and with advance booked tickets there were a chance to meet Santa Claus, so a little something for the whole family.

On the grounds, where the old stables used to be, there is now a second hand book and plant shop, a gift shop and a cafe, where they have kept the style of the stables mixed with a cozy country cottage, and with very good pricing.

Note. Parking for the park and house is £5 cash, so make sure to bring some.
Also if you want the full effect of the garden that is included in the house entrance fee, I think spring/summer would be the time to go.
It is part of the National Trust, so if you are a member, even better.

But even if you are not into period homes, a walk in the park and lunch at the cafe would be worth the trip in my opinion.

For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/osterley-park-and-house