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Historic Houses Group visit a Modernist House

5th November 2019

Historic Houses Group visit a Modernist House

The Homewood is a delightful, authentic modernist house in Esher, Surrey, KT10 9JL. Designed by architect Patrick Gwynne for his parents in 1938, and was given by Gwynne to the National Trust in 1999.

Our visit to 'A House on Stilts' was enjoyed by all. Built and furnished in the classical modernist style, it is a bright white J-shaped 'block', containing much glass which provides a light, airy feel. It appears that no expense has been spared, the simplicity in the design allows for the focus to be drawn to the pieces of furniture, wall-coverings, with appropriate attention given to spatial effects throughout. Furnished with contemporary materials (1930s), the details, fixtures and fittings remaining, on the whole - unchanged.

The garden was (unusually) planned and arranged to suit the house, with a generous supply of intriguing vistas, and although close to a fairly busy road, it also acts as a picturesque screen. . Currently, the house has long standing (National Trust) tenants which means limited access for visitors to some of the rooms. However, we were able to appreciate very much what we did see. A walk round NT Claremont Landscape Garden (where you park) with 'Rustic Snack Lunch', and Transport from there to the House, (the latter is mandatory, and costs £5.00pp), made a day many will remember, and comes highly recommended! The photographs on the website are superb.

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