A striking design in a lovely setting. This 1960s Hilary Duke-Woolley modern house in Lymington, Hampshire, is on the market.
Yes, it has changed since it was built in 1964 to a design by the architect Hilary Duke-Woolley. Not least with a remodel from architect John Pardey, plus what looks like a more recent interior refresh. But this is still a very desirable house.
Lots of grounds, substantial 1960s architecture and a separate studio. What more could you want? I always love architecture with an overhang, too, with the contrast in black really appealing to the eye.
Located in the village of Sway, which is near what’s described as being near the ‘charming and highly coveted port town of Lymington’, the house sits in a wooded residential area, sitting at the end of a shared gated driveway off a quiet residential road.
Head down that drive, and you really can’t miss the house, even if it is nestled amongst the trees and garden. Great architecture has a habit of coming to the fore.
The exterior of the house is brick for the lower level, with black cedar cladding used on the upper level. But one thing is common over both levels. The glazing. Natural light and great views are a selling point of this house.
A formal entrance is positioned to the north, with secondary access through the utility from a further parking area before the garages. A sheltered porch leads along the discreet front facade, opening to a hallway with a guest WC.
The main living area sits just beyond, arranged in what’s described as a ‘semi-open plan’, zoning out the different areas via built-in features, furniture, storage and the use of colour.
The dining room overlooks the south-facing garden terrace, with the kitchen to the left of it behind a partition of cabinets. To your right is the triple-aspect living space, with a ‘lower portion’ containing a log burner and a black-tiled worktop.
A doorway at the southern end of the kitchen leads to the lobby of the rear entrance and to the utility room. Beyond it is the garden room and ‘occasional dining space’ with cork floors and French windows onto the terrace. A conservatory sits further along.
Head upstairs, and you will find four bedrooms on the first floor, linked by a roof-lit corridor, and with a bathroom at either end, a separate WC and ‘masses of storage’. Each room has built-in wardrobes and views over the garden. That garden is worth looking at too.
Not just any garden, this one has been opened to the public annually for a number of years. According to the agent, that’s down to ‘its pathways through Rhododendrons, breathtaking rambling roses and croci, snowdrops and narcissi in spring’. Let’s hope there’s a gardener on hand to help. Unless, of course, you have plenty of time and green fingers.
A Substantial space, too, covering one and a quarter acres, bordered by towering trees to add in a degree of privacy. Not just gardens. From the main living spaces on the ground floor, you can access an ‘enormous’ terrace, partly covered due to the overhang on the house.
The more exposed, larger part of the terrace contains a pool (which is now a pond) and a separate potting shed. Of course, there are also two integral garages, along with the separate studio I mentioned previously and, looking at the images, a dream of a place to work or hang out.
Substantial and impressive inside and out. Add in a popular location, and you might understand why this modern house in Lymington comes with an asking price of £1,800,000.
Images and details courtesy of The Modern House. For more details and to make an enquiry, please visit the website.