Garden Room Syon House Chequered History
COVID-19 UPDATE: Please visit this page for information on how the current lockdown is affecting our display sites and installations.
The History of Syon Park – THE LAST SURVIVING DUCAL RESIDENCE AND COUNTRY ESTATE IN GREATER LONDON
Syon got its name from the Holy Land’s Mount Zion and was formerly the land was a medieval abbey. It was dedicated to the Bridgetting Order, which was established by the great Swedish St Bridget, back in the 14th century. It was one of the last great abbeys to be built and founded by King Henry V long ago in 1415. Henry VIII dissolved Syon along with all the other monasteries (Dissolution of the Monasteries) back in 1539 when he wanted to get divorced but the Church wouldn’t allow it. This led to The Reformation in Tudor England.
Amazingly, when King Henry VIII’s coffin was brought to Syon on its way to burial in Windsor, it was found open in the morning and was seen, by some, as divine judgement for his earlier acts in the desecration of Syon Abbey.
The land became the property of the Crown after the destruction of the abbey and was possessed by the first Duke of Somerset. He was the ‘brains’ behind Syon House, which was built between 1547 and 1552 in an Italian Renaissance style. However, following the Duke’s execution, John Dudley acquired the house. The Roman Catholic, Mary Tudor, re-established nuns at Syon abbey, however, when Queen Elizabeth came to the throne, this made Mary Tudor’s changes short-lived, and things reverted to earlier days.
In 1594 the 9th Earl of Northumberland, Henry Percy, acquired Syon House and the property has remained in their family ever since. Over 400 years later the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland call the House their home.
Besides being a home and a famous visitor attraction, Syon House has a full wedding licence. And the House can be hired for up to 120 guests for civil ceremonies, obviously subject to availability. And because of its stunning setting and architecture, it makes for a marvellous and unforgettable place for those most important dates in people’s lives.
You will find hospitality companies which can provide a garden room suitable for all types of occasions. The superb location, with breathtaking historic buildings, conveniently located close to London, is an ideal and idyllic choice where a dramatic backdrop is demanded. The outer space in the garden provides the very best and perfect venue for summer parties, weddings or any other social gathering. There are very few garden room venues which can beat this location.
Syon Park itself holds a vast array of activities and include Snakes and Ladders indoor adventure playground, which was refurbished in 2014, and provides fun for the children.
Hilton London Syon Park Hotel has, probably, one of the best hotels in the country within the grounds and a fantastic ballroom – truly magical.
Syon Park Trout Fishery has a six-acre lake, constructed originally by Capability Brown. It is stocked from Albury, Surrey with rainbow trout, and brown trout when in season, according to season. Even novice fishers, as well as experienced anglers, can enjoy this unique experienced angler alike set in a beautiful environment.
Buttercups Day Nursery, part of a group of small independent nurseries, each owned and personally managed, and providing an intimate service. Set within a detached house in a parkland setting and it’s activities enabled it to be awarded ‘Outstanding’ in an Ofsted report.
Wyevale Garden Centre, the cafe, London Butterfly House and the Tropical Forest are no longer in Syon Park. 1st Choice’s owners had a history with the garden centre as they were an agent for their products. Initially, it was mainly garden sheds, playhouses and summer houses but as time went by and working from home become a popular choice, this developed into garden rooms and offices for their garden.
These garden rooms provide the entire office at home being fully insulated for all year round use. Double glazing helps to keep them warm in winter and cool in summer. 1st Choice’s experience in garden rooms allows them to provide a complete service from virgin soil to the completed job – a real ‘turn-key’ operation.
The Garden Room Syon Park closed a number of years ago but it appears that The Walled Garden at Syon is an evolution of the Garden Room and offers all the delights from before.
Some people have asked ‘what is a garden room or office’ and the definition is a building, mainly made from wood which ideally should be environmentally friendly. It is fully insulated, double glazed with electrics, phone and internet connections. Some people do attach these garden rooms to their house, but they come into their own actually in the garden. The beauty of this is that there is a definition between the home and the working environment. And being in the garden provide a profoundly relaxing and thought-inspiring location.
The quality of the doors and windows are more like house quality, and these garden offices are built a little like timber frame houses. Being made from wood, the sizes, styles and uses are unlimited. The only defining cap is your imagination.
Mostly garden rooms won’t need planning permission subject to only just a few restrictions. They are quick to install and far more cost-effective than conventional brick or block built extensions. They also tend to look nicer than concrete or masonry. But like most things this is all in the ‘eye of the beholder;
There are many types of buildings such as studios, garden buildings, log cabins and outbuildings but all can be known as garden rooms. And that is the beauty of them.