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18 Stafford Terrace - The Sambourne Family Home

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Address: 18 Stafford Terrace, London W8 7BH, England
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An Immersion in the Victorian Era

I went round this house with a group, we did not have a costumed guide but a very knowledgeable one who faithfully painted a picture of the life of the Sambourne family who lived... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went round this house with a group, we did not have a costumed guide but a very knowledgeable one who faithfully painted a picture of the life of the Sambourne family who lived in the house. The house is crammed with their possessions, just as it would have been during their lives. It was at times a tight squeeze... More 

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Reviewed 21 February 2017

Definitely a must-see for anyone interested in the Victorian age. The house offers a choice between guided or costumed tours, and I would wholeheartedly recommend the latter. On the day we visited this was led by the Victorian housekeeper, an actress who remains fully in-character throughout the one hour-plus visit, regaling her awestruck modern-day visitors with a continuous stream of... More 

Thank luckythree
Neuilly sur Seine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

It's a tiny place crammed with lovely objects and looks just like it was more than a century ago. The visit is done with a guide , an actress who plays the part of Mrs Sambourne or her maid. So we are told many a family secret and that brings the place alive. I'll do it again anytime

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

Entering the house you are transported back in time to the late Victorian era. Book a costumed guide for a fantastic hour long tour of the house, how it worked and what it was like to live in Victorian London. Our guide played the maid and her performance was great. Her character was very believable, great fun and very enlightening... More 

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London, UK
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Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

We had a costume tour and it was an absolute delight. The lady actress was fantastic. We had a complete immersion in the Victorian era life of a middle class family. It might be very cold in winter so extra layers are advisable

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016

Authentic Victorian family home stuffed with furnishing and collections. If you want open access self tour, go on Wed/Sat/Sun starting at 2PM. House interior was rather dark and it's not easy to see all the details & objects. Volunteers are stationed at each main room for Q&A. One thing that bothered us was when a volunteer had a very loud... More 

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Milngavie, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 November 2016

House is as was left by Sambourne family beginning with Linley in 1875 and ending with his granddaughter nearly a century later. He was cartoonist with Punch and lot of his drawings adorn the walls which with many other artworks almost cover the William Morris wallpaper. Remarkable insight into how the Victorians lived. Our guide was very informative and visit... More 

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 November 2016

This delightful home is a rare set piece of the High Victorian Aesthetic Movement, preserved during it's long occupation by Lord Snowdon's family and brought to life through a short introductory film describing it's history. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and 18 Stafford Terrace made an interesting contrast with nearby Leighton House. Good points: + A rare example of a... More 

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New York
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Reviewed 21 June 2016

A minor royal connection, Anthony Armstrong-Jones, ex of the late Princess Margaret, is related to the family that lived here. More important is the overview of Victorian era life. Must plan ahead as you must go via tour and, as the house is small, tours are small as well.

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Westlake Village, California
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Reviewed 14 May 2016

A visit here is like a step back in time as you are in the midst of a well preserved Victorian home. Lovely house filled with art and history! A bit off the beaten path so you can enjoy the house at your leisure. Informative docents answer questions and provide background on the Sambourne family and the home. Take the... More 

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