575 Wandsworth Road, London, was the home of Kenyan poet and civil servant Khadambi Asalache until his death in 2006. Following his death he left it to the National Trust, which opened the house as a museum for pre-booked guided tours.
Asalache bought the "two-up two-down" Georgian terraced house in Wandsworth Road in 1981, paying less than the asking price of £31,000. The property was in a poor state of repair when he bought it, having previously been occupied by squatters. For 20 years, he decorated it internally with Moorish-influenced fretwork which he cut by hand from discarded pine doors and wooden boxes. The intricate woodwork was augmented by illustrations of African wilderness, and his collection of 19th-century English lustreware.
Connie | Nov 28, 2017
The place is simply amazing. Great visit!!
wlt648 | Mar 10, 2018
Wonderful visit, lovely house, welcoming and informative staff.
D.A. | Mar 11, 2018
When you think about a National Trust Property, 575 Wandsworth Road is not at all what would come to mind; however, it is so different and unique that a visit is a must, in particular if you visit London and have a National Trust membership. It is a pity we couldn't take pictures, however, you need to visit it to appreciate the work that during 20 years Mr. Asalache put to create such a fantastic work of art. Now, it feels like a home and I loved visiting it; but it is definitely a home I wouldn't want to live in; in particular when cleaning time comes; plus all the asymmetry would drive me mad.
Nick Perry | Oct 22, 2017
Really unique place to visit, make sure you book though.
Stephen Thoms | Sep 23, 2017
Something very different.
Stay in Antibes | May 13, 2018
One of a kind. This man was really dedicated to decorate his home on his own. It is worth visiting as a small hidden jewel.
Tom Rogers | May 12, 2018
Despite being my most local National Trust property it's certainly my least favourite so far. Curious little place but if I'd never have been I don't feel I would have missed out now that I know what I was letting myself in for. It's only available by pre booked tours so I probably wouldn't bother. Sorry National Trust.
Paul Borfiga | Apr 21, 2018
Absolutely fascinating to have such insight into this small but complete terraced house. He should have used some sandpaper though
Angela Stewart | Jul 7, 2018
Brilliant exhibition in such a remote area. Creative fretwork. Need to book well in advance as they only allow six visitors per viewing, very intimate and well worth the wait!
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