It was wonderful to see a National Trust property that had changed little since 1640 when the original 1610 house was radically altered by William Murray and then his daughter Elizabeth. So much has survived of the original furniture, tapestries, pictures and ornamentation. We were able to get join one of the (free) guided visits to a few of the rooms. The volunteers in each room were quite excellent and were very knowledgeable about the history of the building and its occupants. It was amazing that the house had remained within the same family since it had been constructed. All the rooms on the basement, ground floor and first floor can be visited. I particularly enjoyed the beautiful room with the beautiful tapestries. Also, it was interesting to see the bathroom that had been created immediately below Elizabeth Tollemache’s bedroom - apparently one of the first of its kind in the UK. The kitchens in the basement are also interesting to visit, as is the oldest room in the house where Elizabeth experimented in the creation of perfumes. The grounds are delightful, located as they are along the banks of the Thames. There is a lovely café in the orangery (claimed to be the oldest in the UK). We visited Ham House from the Twickenham side and took the £1 ferry directly to the property (open until 5 pm).