Marble Hill house in Twickenham is welcoming back the public this Saturday after closing for a period of restoration.

The house’s Georgian rooms and 66-acre riverside parkland have been restored by a £3m investment from English Heritage and a further £5m grant from the national lottery.

The sports pitches and changing facilities have also been improved along with a refurbishment of the Coach House Café and a new play area.

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Marble Hill will re-open to the public on May 21Marble Hill will re-open to the public on May 21

The villa dates back to the 1720’s and was home to Henrietta Howard, the Countess of Suffolk, who became mistress to the Prince of Wales, later George II.

English Heritage said that it explores her story as far more than simply the King’s mistress and looks into her abusive first marriage, the role deafness played in her life, her rise in Georgian society and the social circles she captivated.

English Heritage has conserved the collection of early Georgian paintings, including portraits of Howard’s circle, and restored and re-created some of the house’s furniture.

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Marble Hill will re-open to the public, five days a week (Wednesdays to Sundays), on May 21.

Entry to the house is free.

Kate Mavor, English Heritage’s Chief Executive, said: “English Heritage’s restoration of Marble Hill has not only done justice to the house and gardens but to its owner, the remarkable Henrietta Howard.

“This summer we’re inviting local people, Londoners, and everyone to discover – and enjoy – one of the forgotten gems of Georgian England.”

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Stuart McLeod, The National Lottery Heritage Fund director, said: “We are thrilled to celebrate the completion of works at Marble Hill.

“Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, a £5million grant helped to restore this historically important 18th-century villa and pleasure gardens.

“With community at the heart of the restoration, this ambitious makeover ensures the house at Marble Hill and park will be enjoyed by visitors and its local community for many years to come.”

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