We don’t often go this far back for house finds, but we make exceptions when the houses are as impressive as this Charles Voysey-designed property in London SW18.
Voysey certainly wasn’t a modernist, but his work has been cited as an influence for the modernism that followed his main body of work in the 20th century. In fact, his work was more influenced by arts and crafts, with this house looking more in keeping with that movement.
His houses were designed with some style, but also a lot of simplicity. Not just the four walls either – Voysey was known for working on every detail of his houses, right down to the furniture. Which brings us nicely to this place.
The house for sale here dates back to 1903, constructed by the Holloway Brothers back in the day, but more recently renovated and extended by the current owners in association with architect Giles Quarme.
That does set off alarm bells, not least because it could have an impact on how much ‘Voysey’ remains. But from what we can see, this grade II-listed property has come out of it well.
Yes, there are modern features here – there has to be if a house has been extended. But judging by the photos, many of the original Voysey touches seem both intact and restored to their best. The hallway and stairs, the fireplaces, doorways, storage…even the bathroom door look original to the house. Eye-catching but unfussy detailing.
The extended house now offers six bedrooms in total (including a master bedroom with en-suite), along with two ‘impressive’ reception rooms with wood flooring, that entrance hall with its original fire place and a large kitchen with space to dine and an Aga stove.
There are also front and rear gardens and off-street parking, not to mention a heated swimming pool.
A fine renovation, but one that comes at a price. That price is £4,400,000.
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