Monthly Archives: September 2020

The House Beside the Heath

On the northern boundary of Hampstead Heath stands Kenwood House, a stately home that served as a residence for the Earls of Mansfield through the 18th and 19th centuries. Originally a brick house built by King James I’s printer, the current home is a masterpiece by renowned 18th-century Scottish architect Robert Adam, the star attraction being the Great Library. It’s also prized for its stunning artwork (most notably Rembrandt’s Self-Portrait with Two Circles) and 112 acres of parkland including ancient woodland, three dairy buildings, sculptures and a sham bridge.