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1930s, Modernist, United Kingdom

On the market: Mary Medd-designed, 1930s modernist Sewell’s Orchard house in Tewin, Hertfordshire

Sewell's Orchard house in Tewin, Hertfordshire
Sewell's Orchard house in Tewin, Hertfordshire

Not an obvious modernist masterpiece, but this Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard house in Tewin, Hertfordshire is a prominent modernist property in the UK.

Sewell's Orchard house in Tewin, Hertfordshire
Sewell's Orchard house in Tewin, Hertfordshire

Mary Medd worked with prominent modern movement architect Erno Goldfinger. From 1934 – 1936, with this house dating to the earlier of those years. She originally designed the house, one of a set of three, for her parents, with inspiration taken from the architect’s visit to the Stockholm Exhibition of 1930. It’s also grade II-listed due to its architectural importance and is available to buy for the first time in 31 years.

The house hasn’t really got the interior you would hope, but that’s probably down to the furnishing and decoration. The original design has, by and large been respected, so it should be fairly easy to put the ‘period’ back in.

Sewell's Orchard house in Tewin, Hertfordshire
Sewell's Orchard house in Tewin, Hertfordshire

It’s a four / five-bedroomed, west-facing house, designed with all living space to the back, to make full advantage of the views and aspect. Aside from those bedrooms, there’s also a living room, a large family room (approximately 437 sq ft), dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, and a double garage. Big gardens too, up to 130 ft of mainly lawn, plus a sought-after location.

You do have to pay all for all of that though, £975,000 to be precise.

The Modern House website