This Modernist home in the UK countryside looks straight out of an Agatha Christie novel…
Built by Kiwi architect Amyas Connell (of practice Connell, Ward & Lucas) in 1932, the Grade II*-listed Surrey property was originally known as Pollard, before later being nicknamed the White House for its dazzling façade.
It jolted the architecture world when it was unveiled in 1933, with critic Raymond McGrath stating: ‘Pollard is more like an invention by Picasso than a house.’
Luckily, there’s a wealth of features to play with: Connell’s ‘splayed’ floor plan is mostly intact, as is the swooping staircase, encased in Crittall-glass. The expansive roof terrace has been well loved, and rooms across the two-storey home feature ribboned windows – which fill interior spaces with light – and round support columns.
Located in the village of Grayswood, near Haslemere, it has been on-and-off the market a few times in recent years, and is currently listed for £1.55m via The Modern House. This includes 4.5-acres of surrounding land, with a further seven acres available by separate negotiation, mixing formal gardens, lawns, orchard, a paddock and woodland.