Unlike any other listing, The Homewood is more about the house and its relationship to the gardens surrounding it.
Explore the woodland garden with silver birch, firs, heathers, rhododendrons, Japanese maples and water gardens.
Although the garden at The Homewood originally belonged to the Victorian house which was demolished and replaced by The Homewood, its connection to the house is spectacular.
The Homewood is open on alternate Fridays and Saturdays between April and October.
Visits to the house and garden must be pre-booked through the National Trust website. A minibus will collect you from Claremont Landscape Gardens and take you to Homewood by minibus.
The house is lived in by tenants.
National Trust members visit for free.
The house was designed in the Modernist style by the architect Patrick Gwynne for his family and was finished in May 1938.
Influenced by Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye and Ludwig Miles van der Rohe’s Tugendhat House, the principal rooms of The Homewood are on the first floor with huge areas of glass overlooking the garden.
It was described by his father, Commander Alban Gwynne, as ‘A Temple of Costly Experience’.
Both Gwynne’s parents died of natural causes before the end of World War II and did not live to see the house finished. Gwynne’s sister moved away from Esher after her marriage so Gwynne lived alone in the house for 46 years.
Gwynne continually added and remodelled the building to reflect the changing times. He died in 2003.
The house was accepted by the National Trust in 1994 along with a ‘Green Book’ which contains over one hundred pages of Gwynne’s ‘notes, designs and practical tips’ for the garden.