Its turrets and gables lacked the elegance of London's newer, Palladian town homes. Its "relics and curios" were dusty books and historic English papers. Its location was staid Kensington, not fashionable Mayfair. Its mistress was not even received at court. But this Regency seat of influence was nontheless a formidable rival to glittering Lansdowne House:
Yet great things were done at Holland House--reforms planned and accomplished, literary lions fed with appreciation and encouragement.