History This beautiful Gothic Revival Villa was, for many years, just a modest cottage in Twickenham. But in 1749, Horace Walpole, son of England's first prime minister, transformed it into a grand mansion. It was also in the walls of Strawberry Hill House that the same Horace Walpole was inspired to write the first Gothic novel. The villa was ahead of its time and permanently impacted the way both architecture and literature was viewed. It has lately been restored by the Strawberry Hill Trust, with support from a number of other foundations, to the cost of £10 million. It then opened to the public in October 2010, and has since been host to a number of spectacular weddings!