Properties of the week: homes by famous architects
Featuring buildings by Amyas Connell, Ernö Goldfinger, Donald Insall and William Henry Playfair
Teesdale, Westwood Road, Windlesham
This single-storey, 1960s Grade II house was designed by Ernö Goldfinger, the Hungarian architect who built Trellick Tower and who was the inspiration for James Bond’s nemesis. The property’s high position gives it far-reaching views of the countryside. Main suite, 3 further beds (1 en suite), kitchen, open-plan sitting/dining room, 1 further recep, utility, terrace, gardens, 4.3 acres.
Eardisley Park, Eardisley
After the original Queen Anne house burnt to the ground in 1999, the UK’s leading conservation architect, Donald Insall – who restored Windsor Castle – rebuilt it, winning Country Life’s Restoration of the Century award. Main suite with dressing room, 6 further beds (2 en suite), 2 further baths, kitchen, 4 receps, cellar, swimming pool, garden, outbuildings, lake, 14.34 acres.
High and Over, Highover Park, Amersham
One of the first and finest modernist homes in Britain, this Grade II* house was designed in 1929 by Amyas Connell, the influential New Zealand architect. 6 beds (2 with dressing rooms), family bath, kitchen, 4 receps, laundry, study, balcony, gardens, approx. 1.74 acres.
Basterfield House, Golden Lane Estate, EC1
Basterfield House was the first joint project by architects Chamberlin, Powell & Bon, who went on to design the Barbican. This second- and third-floor maisonette has been beautifully preserved by the owners, with fine mid-century details and contemporary finishes. The kitchen has been carefully renovated using sapele, stainless steel and paint colours used across the estate. 2 beds, family bath, open-plan kitchen/dining room, balcony. The lease gives discounted rates for the estate’s swimming pool and sports facilities, and for those at the Barbican.
Andrewes House III, Barbican, EC2
Andrewes House is one of several blocks of flats that make up the Barbican Estate, the seminal brutalist complex designed by Chamberlin, Powell & Bon and built between 1965 and 1976. This lovingly preserved apartment is positioned on the second floor. Its large windows give uninterrupted views north and south, and look out to the Barbican’s gardens, lake and waterfall. 1 bed, 1 bath, kitchen, open-plan sitting/dining room, WC, hallway, balcony.
Duke Street, Bath
Bath & Northeast Somerset £350,000
A ground-floor flat within this Grade II house, built in 1748 by John Wood the Elder, the Georgian classicist who designed many important buildings in Bath, and Liverpool Town Hall. 2 beds, family bath, open-plan kitchen/sitting room, communal garden overlooking the river.
The Fives Court, Moss Lane, Pinner
This wonderful Arts and Crafts house was designed in 1900 by Cecil Brewer, the architect known for the Mary Ward House in Bloomsbury and Heal’s furniture store on Tottenham Court Road. This Grade II property has a country house feel and contains many distinctive Arts and Crafts features. Main suite, 7 further beds, 1 further bath, kitchen, 3 receps, utility, conservatory, swimming pool, 0.43 acres of gardens.
Hills Avenue, Cambridge
This single-storey house is a fine modernist piece, built in 1979 by Syd Furness, the Cambridge architect and professor. It draws on Frank Lloyd Wright and Japanese design. Main suite, 3 beds, family bath, open-plan kitchen/dining/family room, recep, study, cloakroom, utility, garden.
46 The Playfair Donaldson’s
A maisonette apartment in the Category A-listed building designed by William Henry Playfair. The influential Scottish 19th century architect designed much of Edinburgh’s New Town and many of the capital’s neoclassical landmarks. 2 beds, family bath, open-plan kitchen/sitting/dining room, utility, parking spaces.