The Homewood (NT)



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A masterpiece of Modernist design set in a woodland garden, The Homewood was the brainchild of architect Patrick Gwynne, who was only 24 years old when he designed it. It was completed in 1938, just before World War II broke out. Originally built to accommodate his parents and sister as well as himself, Gwynne lived in the house for the rest of his life, continuing to keep the Cubist dwelling bang up-to-date until his death in 2003. In its heyday known as a 'party house', full of the latest gadgets, Gwynne was constantly changing the interior décor and fittings to reflect the fashions of the day, so that today, rather than being a product of the late 1930s, the house reflects the 1930s, 50s and 70s, adding greatly to its interest. The house is full of quirky features such as an abstract wax crayon mural on a curved wall, which was intended to be temporary.

The Homewood (NT)
Portsmouth Road, HERSHAM, KT10 9JL


About the area

Discover Surrey

Surrey may be better known for its suburbia than its scenery, but the image is unjust. Over a quarter of the county’s landscapes are official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and along the downs and the greensand ridge you can gaze to distant horizons with hardly a building in sight. This is one of England’s most wooded counties, and has more village greens than any other shire. You’ll find sandy tracks and cottage gardens, folded hillsides and welcoming village inns. There’s variety, too, as the fields and meadows of the east give way to the wooded downs and valleys west of the River Mole.

Of course there are also large built-up areas, mainly within and around the M25; but even here you can still find appealing visits and days out. On the fringe of Greater London you can picnic in Chaldon’s hay meadows, explore the wide open downs at Epsom, or drift idly beside the broad reaches of the stately River Thames. Deep in the Surrey countryside you’ll discover the Romans at Farley Heath, and mingle with the monks at England’s first Cistercian monastery. You’ll see buildings by great architects like Edwin Lutyens and Sir George Gilbert Scott, and meet authors too, from John Donne to Agatha Christie. 

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