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Will Gompertz | 11:21 UK time, Thursday, 23 September 2010

It stands out like Lady Gaga in a school choir.

Strawberry Hill, Horace Walpole's villa in Twickenham, inspired a European-wide gothic revival.

Great Cloister, Strawberry Hill

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.


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