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 within 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! Internationally renowned for its Gothic features, this beautiful venue is available to be privately yours, no matter what time of year. Offering exclusive hire, this simply gorgeous wedding venue is perfect for literary loving couples who want a truly romantic and fairy tale setting for their big day.