The Homewood's idiosyncratic interior

A view of the desk and sofa of the Living Room at The Homewood, Surrey

Take a guided tour of The Homewood and you'll discover how architect Patrick Gwynne put his unique vision into every aspect of the design and details, including the furnishings, to produce an unconventional but luxurious family country villa.

Entrance hall

You'll enter the house through the front door, dramatically encased in light by the square glass blocks that surround it. The mimimalist stylings provide a tantalising glimpse of what is to come, while the large window wall provides your first view of the impressive garden.
 

Patrick's study

Placed to one side on the ground floor so visitors wouldn't have to enter the main part of the house, Patrick Gwynne originally designed this study for his father. He converted it into his own office in the 1960s, and conducted much of his work from here right up until his retirement.
 

Stairway

This striking spiral stairway at the centre of the house is illuminated by a large sunken uplighter, and topped by an unusual chandelier.
 

Landing

The curved wall opposite the living wing is adorned by an abstract wax crayon mural, which was originally only designed to be temporary.
 

Patrick's bedroom

See how Gwynne managed to incorporate all that he needed into a simple design. No space is wasted in his small but well thought out bedroom, where everything has its own place.
 

Powder room

Patrick created this small space between the bedrooms at the request of his sister Babs, who had grown tired of sharing her bedroom in their old Victorian house with arriving party guests.
 

Living room

From the sprung maple dancing floor to the fold-out bar, to the simple, effective furniture, the living room was designed to make an impression - as the perfect place for a party.
 

Dining room

Pull back the folding screen door at the end of the living room and you'll find yourself entering the dining area, where Gwynne liked to control the mood using simple lighting variations in the centre of the circular table.
 

Garden

Once your tour is complete you can take a look around the six acre estate, where Gwynne sought to create a "woodland garden" in the midst of Esher Common. We often run additional tours of the garden after afternoon visits to the house.
 

When and how to visit

Every open day you can choose from one of five guided tour times. We highly recommend you pre-book, as there are a limited number of spaces on each tour and they fill up fast.
 
As the house is tenanted, we're only able to open The Homewood for pre-booked guided tours. Tours run on alternate Fridays and Saturdays between April and October.
 

Learn more

Make the most of your tour by picking up a copy of our richly illustrated guidebook. Learn more about the fascinating history of The Homewood, Gwynne and the Modernist movement.