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Early Modernist gem goes on sale for £9 million

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A 1930s house by architect Raymond McGrath – one of the earliest examples of Modernism in the UK – has gone on sale for £9 million

The Grade II*-listed building on St Ann’s Hill, Surrey, was completed by McGrath in 1937 in collaboration with garden designer Christopher Tunnard.

Known as St Ann’s Court, the home is described by estate agent The Modern House as ‘one of the finest and most iconic houses to have been built in Britain in the first half of the 20th century’.

Sitting within eight acres of grounds, it is built of reinforced concrete and includes a 603m² drum-shaped main building with a circular floor plan.

Bedrooms feature throughout the three floors and dining, kitchen and study spaces enclose the expansive living room, which has full height glazed doors to the garden and copper-clad columns. The top floor has a roof terrace with a large billiard room and study.

In addition, there is a second building – a converted ‘coach house’ – which includes a recording studio originally built by Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera.

Some of band’s tracks were recorded, as well as those by Paul Weller, Robert Wyatt and David Gilmour. The studio was recently refurbished by studio architect, Roger D’Arcy of Recording.

The £1.8 million restoration of the entirety of St Ann’s Court was overseen by Steve Marshall, a former director at Munkenbeck & Marshall in 2000.

Marshall has also gained planning approval for a pool house that could be built by the new owner.

Chelsea award-winning garden designer, Juliet Sargeant, has also co-designed the current garden, which features a Japanese inspired walkway.

Another 1930s modernist house in Surrey – designed by architect Amyas Connell – has been on sale since last year for £2.3 million. 

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