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One architect's vision of the future

This extraordinary early 20th-century country villa is a masterpiece of Modernist design, in the midst of a picturesque woodland garden not far from Esher in Surrey. It was designed by the architect Patrick Gwynne for his family - his father, mother, sister and himself - and completed in the early summer of 1938. Gwynne lived in the house for the rest of his life, continuing to keep the building fashionably up-to-date until his death in 2003. His friend, the architect Sir Denys Lasdun, observed that The Homewood was 'the great love of Patrick's life'.

Please note: As The Homewood is administered by a tenant, visits are only possible as part of a pre-booked guided tour. We run tours on alternate Fridays and Saturdays between April and October, departing via minibus from nearby Claremont Landscape Garden. Space is limited and tours are popular, so to book your space please phone 01372 476424 or email us.

Guided tours

As The Homewood is tenanted, the only way to visit is by pre-booked guided tour. To guarantee yourself a space, we recommend you book as far in advance as you can.

A 'woodland garden'

Gwynne was keen to transform the land around his house into a 'woodland garden'. After your guided tour you can stay and have a look around these beautiful grounds in your own time.

Our collection

Nearly everywhere you look around the house you'll be treated to a wonderful collection of furniture and fittings inspired by the Modernist movement.