Grayswood – Haslemere Surrey UK

Amyas Connell, Architect

Sir Arthor Lowes Dickinson Residence, 1931-1933

Amyas Connell, Architect

Located in the pretty village of Grayswood near Haslemere, is one of the most remarkable and admired in the history of British architecture, a fact which is reflected in its rare Grade II listing.

A substantial five / six bedroom house, surrounded by approximately 12 acres of land, it was originally built for the noted accountant Sir Arthur Lowes Dickinson in 1931-33. Designed by Amyas Connell, a pioneering New Zealander who settled in London and formed, alongside Basil Ward and Colin Lucas, one of the most important British architecture practices of the 20th Century, Connell, Ward & Lucas.

The house remains remarkably true to Connell’s original scheme, a design that priorities quality of light and space. It was refurbished by the leading specialists in Modern houses, Avanti Architects, in 1993 and has always been occupied by enthusiastic and considerate owners.

Accommodation on the ground floor includes a wonderful living room that fills with light thanks to a ribbon of windows that runs along two sides. There is also a dining room, which features the original sculptural fireplace, a breakfast room and second reception room / studio. The latter space is the only part of the house that was not part of Connell’s original scheme and there is a possibility, subject to the usual permissions, that this could be replaced and used to house a larger kitchen / dining room. The current kitchen is reached via a small set of steps that also lead on to a ground floor study.
A magnificent stairway, encased in glass, leads to the first floor (and roof garden beyond). Here there is master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and similar ribbon of windows as can be found in the living room. Four further bedrooms and two bathrooms occupy the rest of the floor.

 

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