In Celebration of Arts and Crafts Movement Homes

What makes a great Arts and Crafts home?

A grand entrance hall with hand-crafted timber wood panelling
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A magnificently crafted stained glass window

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William Morris design references and original Arts & Crafts furniture

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Hand made timber doors and patterned terracotta tiled floors at the entrance

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A display cabinet celebrating craftsmanship and English crafted pewter

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 Tapered timber door frames and door panels

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Finally, an owner inspired to celebrate this wonderful movement.

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 Images taken from an original Arts and Crafts movement house located in Poole, Dorset and sold by Berkeleys in 2013.




Berkeleys top 5 tips from The Listed Property Show

If you are the fortunate owners of a Grade I or Grade II Listed property – or you are on the look-out for a home with a significant heritage, then the Listed Property Show, held at London Olympia is a great place to go.

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We popped in to see what was on offer: it was a busy Sunday afternoon with a respectable amount of footfall meandering through the plethora of specialist suppliers and heritage home services. Here’s a recap of our top five tips and take-outs from the show.

1)      Join the Listed Property Club. For £48 a year subscription you can gain access to unrivalled expertise in this sector, as well as receive a rather beautiful glossy members’ magazine filled with inspiration, guidance and a supplier’s directory for Listed home renovation and restoration projects.

2)      Make windows  a priority.  With the current weather conditions, keeping the rain and coastal wind out can be a losing battle. There were several specialist window suppliers at the show, but Vale attracted our attention with its architectural bronze casements collection.  With the rich patina of metals heralding a come-back in interior design, handmade bronze window casements have both heritage and contemporary appeal. We loved the idea of double-glazed, leaded stained-glass window casements to frame window ‘works of art’. The floor to ceiling doors with bronze frames had a minimalist, modernist look and feel, perfect for either the Cap D’Antibes or indeed the Cap de Canford Cliffs, Dorset!
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3)      Consider the third way: reclaimed artisan floor tiles. Parquet floor or stone floor? – a common restoration dilemma – but there is another rather exciting option attracting attention today. Bert & May presented these eclectic reclaimed floor tiles. With Art Deco and Eileen Gray influenced graphic designs, these tiles speak warmth, authenticity and uber-good taste.

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4)      Embrace cast iron radiator classics. This little style tip can transform a room from just restored to newly resplendent. Paladin Radiators had an attention-grabbing display of radiators at the show. Choose from the smooth contemporary Sloane range to the ornate traditional Shaftsbury collection. As a National Trust preferred supplier, this is one not to be missed.

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5)      Still searching for your Listed home? Finally, with many beautiful heritage homes coming on to the market this Spring, making the right investment requires focus, effort and patience. We found Listed Building Surveys at the show, and they offered some solid advice and survey expertise in Listed buildings specifically. Having the right survey done before an acquisition ensures you flush out any issues or challenges with Listed building compliance and conservation matters.   

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Dorset Tudor-bethan heritage home celebrated

Historic Tudor-bethan heritage homes are making headlines again. When John Lennon’s former Surrey country house was recently listed for sale, the spotlight fell on an architectural style which takes its influences from the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 1900s.

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This charming Tudor-bethan home in Poole Dorset, for sale by Berkeleys, is a magnificent example of a popular 1930s style which imitated Tudor architecture and heralded a Tudor revival at that time. It was built in 1935.

Taking its influences from the Arts and Crafts movement, this house style embodies a mix of timber and red brick features. The areas of intricate, herringbone red brickwork, the wooden window frames with iron casements and the leaded panes are all signature mock-Tudor features.

The central porch has a slanting hood, supported by broad timber columns with iron brackets featuring decoratively today. The house is two-storeys high and has two symmetrical, angled sides, originally designed to bring in maximum light to the interior. Inside, there is a magnificent, oak-panelled reception hallway and false ceiling beams feature throughout. The exposed brick fireplace in the hallway echoes an Inglenook style.

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This three bedroom house is situated on a secluded plot of land located in prestigious Branksome Park, Poole. It also features a heated pool to the rear, with sun terrace, changing rooms and Jacuzzi hot tub, ensuring contemporary lifestyle needs are catered for too. The house is offered for sale at £995,000. Contact Berkeleys on UK +44 1202 708383.

Local Heritage & Poole Property Celebrated By Berkeleys

As we prepare to launch our London Luxury Property Show to showcase today’s most desirable homes located in Sandbanks & Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset, we reflect on the strong influence of 1930s Modernist architecture across the area, still shaping many of today’s most desirable coastal homes.

The Sandbanks Peninsular and its more discreet Sylvan neighbour Canford Cliffs, have become increasingly under the media and investor spotlight in recent years. Today, the area more often than not garners a mention in reference to the top prices paid for these luxury super-homes.

The prime property plots with coastal vistas, drew investors from London as far back as the 1930s – brave investors then – some of whom commissioned defining Modernist  homes – and it is this less well-known story that remains an underlying influence in coastal architecture today.

In 1938, film director Dudley Shaw Ashton was inspired by the location to commission the architect Oliver Hill to design the stunning Modernist home ‘Landfall’ for his family.
The work of Oliver Hill, and that of A.J. Seal – creator of equally significant local Modernist buildings ‘Conning Tower’ and the ‘Harbour Heights’ Hotel (now owned by FJB Hotels) – appears to shape the architectural character of the area in many ways today.

Investors seeking to acquire land and commission an architect to realise a bespoke home in the Canford Cliffs & Sandbanks area will still find land opportunities today. They will need to be prepared to compete with local property developers to secure the most desirable plots with sea views. For example, a superb development plot, situated moments from Evening Hill, Poole and its harbour views, is currently on the market for c. £2.7m with Berkeleys and is situated close to wonderful ‘Landfall.’

Today,The Wheelhouse in Sandbanks offers an exceptional coastal apartment in a contemporary building echoing Modernist principles. Currently on the market for £2.4m, with Berkeleys, it offers direct harbour access and sweeping harbour views.

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Buildings taking reference from the style and shape of the 1930s – the Modernist movement – typically feature clean lines, flat roofs, reinforced concrete, glass and metal tubular steel staircases. The common ground of the Modern movement was found in the type of building materials used, and perhaps more importantly the way in which these building materials are used. Echoes of 1938 ‘Conning Tower’ are easily recognisable in many contemporary buildings across the area today.

Reflecting on this magnificent architectural heritage; investors, second home owners and those looking to relocate to the coast can be reassured that these valuable local heritage assets are being protected for the enjoyment of future generations. Poole Council has established a heritage assets list – reaching beyond Listed Building status – which logs all heritage assets of note including:- known archaeological sites and areas of archaeological significance; historic landscapes, landscape features in parks and gardens and locally Listed buildings. We are reassured to see that several Modernist and 1930s building in Sandbanks and Canford Cliffs are on the list.

Berkeleys’ recently published archive photography book, “Local History, Local Heritage” provides a more indepth, unique insight into the heritage of the area. Contact our office to view and enjoy a copy.