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18 Stafford Terrace - The Sambourne Family Home

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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This is the Victorian era home of the Sambourne family who lived here for 36 years. After a short... read more

Reviewed 23 June 2018
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18 Stafford Terrace, London W8 7BH, England
+44 20 7602 3316
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 23 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

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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.

1  Thank Larash7
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

1  Thank June R
Reviewed 19 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

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

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Reviewed 1 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

1  Thank eoinsmith
Reviewed 19 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

1  Thank weathervane10
Reviewed 16 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

2  Thank hillfieldjp
Reviewed 15 February 2018

A house close to Kensington High Street that has its Victorian interior preserved. The two ladies in charge were enthusiastic and knowledgeable and made our visit a delight.

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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...
Sheila C
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Response from lovegeog | Reviewed this property |
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