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Son of Britain’s first prime minister, Horace Walpole constructed Strawberry Hill House as a home to his plentiful collection of treasures. Designed with help from his amateur architect friends, Walpole referred to the castle as a “plaything house” and based it on the architecture of famous Gothic cathedrals and abbeys. Built in 1747, the house is surrounded by four acres of lawn, meadow and open terrace which originally looked over the River Thames. The garden is currently being restored to it’s original look, and after visitors have worked up an appetite taking in its vistas, they can seek refuge and refreshment in The Strawberry Hill Cafe, where an 18th-century menu contains lunch dishes alongside afternoon tea options.