London Visit-Sandycombe Lodge (Turner’s House) & Montpelier Row, Twickenham-£40 (Includes lunch with wine)
Our tour of Turner’s former home will be conducted by Catherine Parry-Wingfield, who has also generously agreed to show us her own house in Montpellier Row and give us lunch.
Sandycombe Lodge is designed in the picturesque-cottage style, and is notable for having been built in 1813 for the artist J.M.W. Turner, as a country retreat. He occupied the house from 1814-1826. The building shows the influence of Sir John Soane. The house was bought by Professor Harold Livermore and his wife in 1947, and they created the Sandycombe Lodge Trust (now Turner's House Trust) in 2005. After Livermore's death in 2010, the house was left to the trust to be preserved as a monument to Turner.Many of the house's original features survived, but it needed major restoration work and redecoration. Turner's House Trust sought to raise funds to restore the house, remove Victorian additions and return it to its appearance in Turner's day. In January 2015 it was announced that the Trust was to receive a grant of £1.4 million from the HLF to enable this work to take place. The yearlong renovation costing £2.4 million started in March 2016. The restoration of Turner's House is now complete and we shall see the house shortly after it's opening.