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1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire

1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire
1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire

We thought this was the same house we featured back in 2011. But apparently this 1930s Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire is a different, but similar one.

1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire
1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire

But every bit as interesting as the last one. In fact, more so in some respects.

1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire
1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire

The house dates back to 1934 and is described by English Heritage as an outstanding example of the ‘International Modern Style’. It adds that the design ‘would not have appeared out of place 30 years later’. We have to agree.

1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire
1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire

If we hadn’t listed the year of construction, we suspect that many would pitch this as a 1950s build. Ok, perhaps the interior design would have swayed you to a later era, but this still a very forward thinking piece of architecture for its time, one that was inspired by the simplicity and straightforwardness of Swedish design in the 1930s.

1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire
1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire

Like that past one, this house perhaps needs an update and a rethink. Helpfully, the agent has a feature on the renovation of the house sold in 2011, which might give you an insight and some inspiration regarding just what can be done to this house.

1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire
1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire

Right now, the interior is a mix of original 1930s features and 1950s / 1960s fixtures and fittings that don’t really sit well alongside each other. But the key point here is that the original architecture looks to have survived and as such, can form the basis of something very special with the right investment and design.

1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire
1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire

You will find the house in open countryside in a plot of around half an acre, in a village described as being in ‘easy commuting distance’ of London.

1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire
1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire

The house itself is brick-built using local yellow Hertingfordbury bricks and with a monopitch roof. It has also been designed so that all the living space is towards the rear to secure the best views.

1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire
1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire

Talking of space, that covers around 3,000 sq. ft. and is currently laid out with five bedrooms, a living room, a ‘large’ family room, dining room, utility room, kitchen and breakfast room, as well as a double garage and summer house.

1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire
1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire

The gardens extend to around 130 ft, with meadow and woodland surrounding it.

1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire
1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire

As we said, an opportunity for someone, but that ‘someone’ will need something in the region of £1,250,000 before even considering any renovation or update.

Images and details courtesy of The Modern House. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.

1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire
1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire
1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire
1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire
1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire
1930s modernism: Mary Medd-designed Sewell’s Orchard property in Tewin, Hertfordshire

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