Strawberry Hill re-opens
It stands out like Lady Gaga in a school choir.
Strawberry Hill, Horace Walpole's villa in Twickenham, inspired a European-wide gothic revival.
The Great Cloister in 2009, halfway through restoration
On 2 October, having been closed for extensive renovation, it opens once again to the public.
This morning I was given an early preview of the "fantasy castle" by curator and chair of the Strawberry Hill Trust, Michael Snodin.
Afterwards I talked to former cabinet minister William Waldegrave, whose family took ownership of the house after Walpole died in 1797. They too left their mark.