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National Trust seeks tenants for Patrick Gwynne's Homewood house

The National Trust has made an urgent plea for tenants with a 'passion for Modernism' to rent 'The Homewood' - Patrick Gwynne's classic Surrey home.

Described by Pevsner as 'one of the best private houses in the modern style', The Homewood was built between 1938 and 1939 and restored by Avanti Architects for the National Trust between 1992 and 2002.

The building's exterior features a solid brick ground floor which contrasts with the white concrete upper floor and its vast glass windows.

Pevsner describes the interior as an L-shaped main block, which is connected to the east end by a hall with a circular staircase. All principal rooms are on the upper floor of the main block, with an entrance drive sweeping underneath half of the bedroom wing.

The Homewood was donated to the National Trust by Gwynne in 1992. Potential tenants must observe a number of conditions including the day-to-day maintenance of the house and its six-acre grounds, also landscaped by Gwynne.

Tenants must also open the house up to small public tours once a week between April and October.

Steve Walker, National Trust Surrey area manager, says: 'For the right people this will be a very rewarding experience - helping to protect this unique house whilst keeping the original vision for the property alive and sharing it with other like-minded people who will undoubtedly be keen to visit.'

But The Homewood could prove chilly in winter, 'with all that glass looking out over the garden,' adds Walker.

by Clive Walker

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