BIID Tour of The Homewood

Friday 3rd May 2019


Friday 3rd May 2019


2:30pm to 4:30pm


Claremont Landscape Gardens | Portsmouth Road | Esher | Surrey | KT10 9JG


  • BIID Members / £25.00

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BIID members, plus a guest, are invited on a guided tour of National Trust property, The Homewood to discover how architect Patrick Gwynne put his unique vision into every aspect of the design and details, including the furnishings, to produce an unconventional but luxurious family country villa.



2.30pm arrive Claremont Landscape Gardens for registration
2.50pm receive passes from BIID staff member including entry to venue and boarding pass for minibus
2.55pm travel to venue in minibus
3.00pm interior house tour begins
3.45pm interior house tour ends
3.45pm chance to wander around the gardens
4.00pm first minibus departs
4.30pm last minibus departs

Patrick Gwynne's "Homewood" and garden, was completed in 1938. Building The Homewood when he was just 24, Gwynne acknowledged his sources as Le Corbusier's 'Villa Savoye' and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's 'Tugendhat House'. He designed all the built-in furniture, light fittings and innovations such as ensuites and window mechanisms himself and carried on a highly successful architectural business from the house that he was to live in for 60 years.

In 1946 he restored the house for himself, remodelling the kitchen, and furniture to Gwynne's own design were added over the years. He continually modified the house over time so that it represents design from the 1930s and 1950s to the 1970s.


Only open Fridays and Saturdays between April and October, this special BIID private tour of The Homewood is not to be missed. The building was his personal masterwork, his home, his office and living portfolio. It's the only other substantial pre-war modernist house with continuity of occupation and contents.


BIID members plus a guest are invited on this tour. Please remember to book two tickets if you are bringing a guest and book them on your registration to avoid confusion.

About the venue

Checking in

  • There is no parking or pedestrian access at The Homewood which can only be accessed via minibus from Claremont Landscape Garden
  • Parking is limited at Claremont Landscape Garden's
  • Please arrive at Claremont Landscape Garden 30 minutes before the tour starts.
  • A BIID staff member will collect your passes at the entrance kiosk and assign to you
  • You will depart by minibus five minutes before the start of your scheduled tour - please present your boarding passes.
  • The minibus returns to Claremont every half an hour until 4.30pm (except 2.30pm).

 The important stuff

  • Guided house tours last approximately 45 minutes followed by an opportunity to visit the garden.
  • Unfortunately, the venue cannot accommodate large bags, backpacks or pushchairs.
  • You're welcome to take pictures of the exterior of the house and the garden, but please keep your camera in your bag while inside.
  • You will be provided with shoe covers; please do not wear small-heeled shoes as these can damage the floor.
  • There are no facilities at The Homewood (there are toilets and a café at Claremont).

Additional information

Prices are not inclusive of VAT.

If you have any queries please email the office at or call 020 7628 0255.

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Terms and Conditions

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  5. The BIID reserves the right to make changes to the programme.
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