The Corner and Prospect Cottage, Thursley, Surrey
The Corner, Thursley of 1888, reported on in the Summer 2017 newsletter, was also an early commission. Grade II-listed, it sold for £1.35m in March.
Also in Thursley, Prospect Cottage, which was reported on in the Spring 2018 newsletter, has found a buyer. Originally built as the village institute and now Grade II-listed, it had a guide price of £825,000.
A house with a Lutyens connection has come to the market in West Sussex. Lutyens’s daughter, Barbara, was married to Euan Wallace, Conservative MP from 1922 to 1941. Wallace had sold his Scottish estate and bought Lavington Park, near Petworth, West Sussex in 1936. In 1939, certain that war was looming, he put a house on the estate at Lady Emily’s disposal, while Lutyens remained in London. This was Beechwood, originally an 18th-century rectory. As Mary Lutyens, also Edwin’s daughter, describes in her book, Edwin Lutyens, “Mother took her own servants to Beechwood and for the first year of the war made a home there. Father and Mother wrote to each other every day while she was at Beechwood. He spent an occasional weekend with her and she went up to London occasionally for a night. ‘My darling,’ she wrote, ‘it is such fun when I come up to you, like an improper adventure with a strange man in a strange flat’.” His flat was within his offices in Mansfield Street. The Grade II* listing of Beechwood notes that Lutyens added the porch and altered parts of the interior in 1939. Today, the 6,766-sq ft house incorporates a separate three-bed coach house and three acres of garden. It’s for sale at £3.35m through Savills.