Marble Hill House, a Neo-Palladian villa built between 1724 and 1729, is the venue for the first part of our day. We are privileged to have been given private access on a Tuesday, when the property is closed to the public. The house was built by Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk, who had a disastrous marriage but became the mistress of the Prince of Wales, later George II. She was able to build Marble Hill thanks to a large gift of stock, jewels, plate and furniture from the Prince of Wales.
We proceed for lunch to an early 18th-century private house in Montpelier Row, Twickenham, then move on to Turner’s House for our curated private tour. Built by J M W Turner in 1813, this secluded residence served as his country retreat and as a home for his father. We conclude the day with drinks in the garden at Turner’s House.