The diary, memories, thoughts, actions and intentions of John May MBE, someone committed to Family, Talking Newspapers and Lions Clubs International
Wednesday, 1 February 2017
Marble Hill House - London
When King George II took Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk, as his mistress they needed somewhere close but discreet for their dalliances.
Henrietta chose the park grounds in Richmond on Thames that ran down to the river and here she had constructed a Palladian style house. The building took 5 full years, from 1724 to 1729. The house was an immediate success and there were not only many famous visitors (apart from the King) such as Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope, but the style of house was exported to America and several Plantation Houses were based on the same pattern and design.
Today the house is controlled by English Heritage. It is open to visitors and available for functions, such as weddings and important receptions, but visits are restricted to the months of March to October, so check the website if you are in London and would like to visit.