Our trip on Thursday 27th August took place in lovely summer sunshine and it didn’t take too long from EC London before we arrived at Syon House, set on the edge of Chiswick and the River Thames. Our visit was a memorable experience as Syon House is effectively a large country house set in 200 acres of parkland……………but within London. The Duke of Northumberland lives there as his London house and his family have owned the estate for over 400 years.
We had a great time walking through the Park which has many specimen and ornamental trees and a Conservatory built in 1830 which was one of the first structures of its type to be built on such a scale. We relaxed in the gardens taking in the views and enjoying the weather and then went into Syon House itself. The House is famous for the rooms designed by the renowned architect Robert Adam in the 1760’s. We really enjoyed looking around the building and although we could have spent a whole day there our visit was more than enough to get a feel for the history of the buildings and to enjoy the settings and a glimpse into what life must have been like for the rich and nobility of that period. As we came out of the main gate the reality of London came as a real contrast. One side of the gate was peace, tranquility and the countryside. Outside the gate was vibrant London with its housing and traffic.
Written by Geoff