Patrick Gwynne, the architect, persuaded his family to demolish their Victorian cottage near Esher and allow him to design a masterpiece of modernist architecture. Acknowledging the influence of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, The Homewood cost £10,000 to build and was finished by May, 1938. The family only lived together in the house for fifteen months before the Second World War broke out; tragically both Gwynne’s parents died in 1942 and after his sister married and moved away, Gwynne decided to live in the house alone. Described by the architect Sir Denys Lasdun as ‘the great love of Patrick’s life’, Gwynne continued to make changes to the house and garden until his death in 2003. His ashes are scattered in the garden.
The house and gardens are only open on certain days between May and October and tickets must be pre-booked through the National Trust website.