On the last day of summer we took a rare opportunity to sneak the team out of the office and visit Goddards, a property often described as the last great Edwardian house ever built. Designed by Sir Edward Lutyens in the ‘traditional Surrey style’ it was built between 1898 – 1900 and is known as one of this famous architects most important early houses.
We were lucky enough to be given a guided tour by Dorothy Baker of the Lutyens Trust. Dorothy took us around the entire house and even allowed us to play a game of Skittles in the alley on which Lutyens played way back in 1901. We particularly admired the magnificent fireplaces, the way Lutyens has played with light and integrated the house with the garden.
These days it is possible to stay at Goddards on holiday and to experience what life must have been like in this fabulous home. For us it was just another opportunity to view some truly exceptional architecture and to inspire our team of designers.
We took a couple of photographs of our visit which you can enjoy below.