Field Trip: The Homewood | Surrey, UK
The Homewood, a modernist country villa designed by the architect Patrick Gwynne for his parents, is nestled in the Esher woodlands in Surrey, just close enough to London to visit on a day trip. Completed in 1938, The Homewood was heavily inspired by Corbusier's Villa Savoye in Poissy, and is one of the finest examples of modernist architecture surviving in the UK.
These days the property is managed by the National Trust, and can be seen by guided tour one day a week during the warmer months. This week was decidedly spring-like, so come Saturday we took leave of London (via motorbike, train and buses) to take the tour. Although much of the house is off-limits, there was still plenty to marvel at – like Corbusier, most of the furniture and fittings were designed by Gwynne specifically for Homewood, even the landscaped grounds – and was well worth the trip.
If all that good design drums up an appetite, consider stopping in the outer London suburb of New Malden for something to eat on your way back to city. It's said to be one of the biggest Korean expatriate communities in Europe, which as you'd expect means lots of good Korean restaurants to choose from (today we went to Jing Go Gae, 272 Burlington Road, KT3 4NL).
Portsmouth Rd, Esher, Surrey KT10 9JL
Access by pre-booked guided tour only
Tours run April - October on alternating Fridays + Saturdays