Surrey Gardens Trust Visit: The Homewood

Date: Friday 12 April 2024

Club: Surrey Gardens Trust

Contact: Sheri Sticpewich

Email: eventssgt@gmail.com

Website: http://www.surreygardenstrust.org.uk/

We are delighted to have this opportunity to visit The Homewood, the extraordinary early 20th-century country villa designed by architect Patrick Gwynn for his family. The Homewood is a masterpiece of Modernist design, in the midst of a picturesque woodland garden. Completed in 1938, Gwynne lived in the house until his death in 2003. Throughout his life, Gwynne modified the house, continuing to keep the building fashionably up-to-date until his death in 2003.

The Homewood sits comfortably in its 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.

We will have tours of the house and garden given by knowledgable guides.

There will be 2 hour time slots at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Group sizes are restricted to 15 people in each time slot given the restricted access within the house itself. Please note that most of the show rooms can only be accessed via a spiral staircase.

Parking is restricted to eight cars so we strongly encourage people to car share otherwise we will organise lifts from nearby Claremont Gardens. Please note that there are no facilities at The Homewood. There are toilet facilities and a cafe at Claremont Gardens.

SGT Members / National Trust Members: £5 pp
SGT Members / Non-National Trust Members: £15 pp

Does not include refreshments. For more information, please click here.