Explore The Homewood
Discover how architect Patrick Gwynne put his unique vision into every aspect of the design and detail of The Homewood to produce an unconventional, but luxurious, family country villa and a Modernist masterpiece. Take a look at what you might see on your visit.
Discover the house
You'll enter the house through the front door, dramatically encased in light by the square glass blocks that surround it. The minimalist stylings provide a tantalising glimpse of what is to come, while the large window wall provides your first view of the impressive garden.
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.
This striking spiral stairway at the centre of the house is illuminated by a large sunken uplighter and topped by an unusual chandelier.
The curved wall opposite the living wing is adorned by an abstract wax crayon mural, which was originally only designed to be temporary.
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.
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.
From the sprung maple dancing floor to the fold-out bar and simple, effective furniture, the living room was designed to make an impression - as the perfect place for a party.
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.
Explore the 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.
Cleverly positioned within the wider garden structure are a series of special gardens, where the emphasis is on contrasting colour and seasonal interest. Near the house and just below the rhododendron tunnel is the grey and yellow garden, which frames views around a paved 'circus' and gives spring and summer interest.
Over the bridge is the 'secret' blue and white garden, with its roses and tumbling summer blooms, whilst to the south of the stepping stones in the foreground is the bog garden. In the background lies the mysterious bamboo and fern thicket, which in turn leads to the purple and variegated walk.
Pick up a copy of the richly illustrated guidebook from nearby Claremont to learn more about the fascinating history of The Homewood, Gwynne and the Modernist movement.
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