Forest House

Folly Farm

Sullingstead restoration and new build by Frances & Michael Edwards

Sullingstead Landscape Design by Frances and Michael Edwards

Goddards Study Day 2017

Wednesday, 14 June, 2017, 10:15am-4pm

Event address: Goddards, Abinger Lane, Abinger Common, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6JH

The day will begin at Goddards at 10:30am with coffee and a talk by architect Michael Edwards on the restoration of Folly Farm, and his experiences in restoring and adding to Lutyens houses. Michael and his wife Frances run an award-winning partnership which works mainly on listed buildings and landscapes, and encompasses garden and interior design. They have an extensive, unique experience of working on Lutyens’s buildings and many other examples of Arts & Crafts architecture.

After lunch at Goddards, to be held at 12.30, members will be able to visit Forest House – a Grade II-listed, two-storey, 6,825-sq ft redbrick building in an idyllic 10-acre setting, Forest House was originally a Sussex farmhouse to which Lutyens made minor alterations in 1897 and returned to substantially remodel it in 1905. The entrance front is L-shaped with the porch set diagonally, while the garden elevation to the southwest has a clay tile roof that sweeps down to a ground floor loggia on each side (reminiscent of Homewood at Knebworth of 1901). Inside, the double-height entrance hall features two internal Juliet balconies.

Participants will need to make their own travel arrangements between Goddards and other Lutyens buildings. Some spaces will be available in staff cars, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets — which include lunch and a £10 voluntary Gift Aid donation — are £45.

This event is for members only – join here to book.

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Manual bookings

Alternatively, please send your name, address and email to Rebecca Lilley, Trust Secretary, Danewood, Denwood Street, Crundale, Canterbury, Kent CT4 7EF, along with a cheque made payable to The Lutyens Trust.

How to get there

By train: the nearest station is Dorking or Dorking Deepdene. From there you can take the 32 Bus from Deepdene Avenue (Stop E) to Friday Street (24min). Taxis are available from Dorking Station.

By car: Turn south off the A25 at Wotton, into Hollow Lane, with a clear sign pointing you to “Leith Hill, Friday Street, Abinger Common”.  The lane is narrow, single-track in places, with steep banks.  After just over 1 mile you will reach a grassy triangle on the right with a well with a Horsham stone roof over the pump. The chimneys and red roofs of Goddards can be seen behind the well.  Indicate right into the sharp turning back but don’t actually turn into the lane – the entrance to the car park is off Hollow Lane on the right at the far end of the road junction and takes you into a yard with outbuildings. Landmark Trust car park signs will indicate where to park.