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18 Stafford Terrace - The Sambourne Family Home

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Like stepping back in time

If you ever wondered what a London Victorian house was like then visit here. I recommend a costume... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2018
Carmen B
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Fantastic

We visited this site by chance and were really pleased we did. From being greeted at the front door... read more

Reviewed 23 September 2018
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Reviewed 23 October 2018 via mobile

If you ever wondered what a London Victorian house was like then visit here. I recommend a costume tour as it really sets the scene. It really is a lovely house, we were also lucky the sun was shining so the stained glass windows were...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

We visited this site by chance and were really pleased we did. From being greeted at the front door by the maid we were immediately transported back to Victorian times. The lady playing the role was superb. She was completely right for the part and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

This is the Victorian era home of the Sambourne family who lived here for 36 years. After a short movie, our guide took us through the various rooms as we learned about the history of the family, the furnishings, wallpaper and various decorative elements. I...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 16 June 2018

The house is beautiful. If you are interested in the Victorian era, you can't miss it. The actor giving the tour was really good. It really felt like travelling back in time. I highly recommend it.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

You start by watching a short video about the history of the house. Then you knock on the front door and it is answered by the housemaid or in our case the lady of the house. She was dressed very authentically and showed us around...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank 996juner
Reviewed 20 May 2018

It's sort of off the beaten path, but it's a fascinating house with a really interesting history. It's so interesting to see all the William Morris wallpaper and amazing Victoriana – china from China, Japanese prints, tons of photographs and drawings. Learning about Sambourne, the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank RYC88
Reviewed 21 April 2018

You'll learn something even if you're well read on the subject. I'm American, so though I've studied the period I have only an academic grasp of it, and this experience helped to "humanize" a Victorian household. The actress who plays Mrs. Sambourne is a bit...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

I was a little unsure of what to expect when we booked the costumed guided tour of 18 Stafford Terrace, but I was pleasantly impressed. After an introductory video, we were welcomed into the perfectly-preserved townhouse by an actress in the guise of the housekeeper....More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank eoinsmith
Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

After visiting Lord Leightons house calling in here seemed the obvious thing to do as a visitor to the artists quarter of Holland Park. I’m so glad I did as this beautiful house has been virtually unchanged since the one time owner a contributor to...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank weathervane10
Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

We joined the Saturday morning tour with the housekeeper as our guide. We started with a short film explaining how the house became a visitor attraction introduced by Lord Snowdon. Our housekeeper guide was excellent. She knew so much about the house and interacted with...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Response from FelixStowe10 | Reviewed this property |
It might also be useful to know that they put a notice outside on the railings when it is actually open. Otherwise you might wonder if you have the right time or day...
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I'm fairly sure that I carried my handbag round the house with me. I think they really mean things like rucksacks. The area is very secure as the public have to be admitted / access is controlled - they cannot just wander... More
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