Ham House and Garden
historic house museum in Ham, London



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Ham House and Garden
historic house museum in Ham, London
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If you love art, dogs, ghosts, or ghost-dogs, Ham House is the place for you. 

Ham House currently boasts the most complete collection of any 17th-century manor house.  Many of the paintings are original, on display just as they were 400 years ago.  The estate also has a Jacuzzi tub and wave machine. (Hey, if the White House can put in a bowling alley, why the hell not.) Over the centuries, the house has been home to a notorious Duchess described as “a daughter of Satan," a bastard niece of Horace Walpole who secretly married the Lord of the Manor, and several generations of collectors of landscape painter John Constable.

Ham House is a favorite hotspot for ghost hunters.  Ghosts in residence include the aforementioned Satanic spawn, late Elizabeth Murray, Duchess of Lauderdale, and her King Charles spaniel. Visitors have reported the scurrying of doggie footsteps in the halls, yet no dogs are allowed on the premises. Terrifying stuff. Guests can search for the phantom puppy on a special Halloween night tour, if they’re paranormally inclined. Ham is also home to a drunken reveler who drowned in the Thames, Whitney Houston style (too soon?), during a wild party.  It’s a dead man’s rager…who could ask for more?

Thanks to its pristine preservation the house has served as a location for many movies, including The Young Victoria (2007), Never Let Me Go (2010), and puzzlingly, Disney’s Sci-Fi pseudo-epic John Carter (2012).  One is almost tempted to watch the movie to see how that makes sense…almost.

Visitors can enjoy a little Downton Abbey downtime at the estate’s Orangery Café, with a light lunch and high tea. Perfect sustenance before heading back to busy London via conveniently located public transportation. All in all, a cool place to step out of the rat race and fantasize about living in a historical romance novel for a while.

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Here is what Wikipedia says about Ham House

Not to be confused with Ham House in east London or Mathias Ham House in Iowa.

Ham House is a historic house with formal gardens set back 200 metres from the River Thames in Ham, south of Richmond in London. It is claimed by the National Trust to be "unique in Europe as the most complete survival of 17th century fashion and power." The house itself is designated on the National Heritage List for England as a Grade I listed building. Its park and formal gardens are listed at Grade II* by Historic England in the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.

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