Those that visit this charming home will find one of a group of five Grade II listed Arts and Crafts 'cottages' that were designed by Robert Maclaren Love, an associate of Sir Edwin Lutyens. The house dates from about 1935 and is, together with its neighbours remarkably complete with the vast majority of the charming original features intact.
The house offers particularly attractive living space with a spacious reception hall, a cloakroom, a well-proportioned living room that is currently arranged as a large dining room, a charming sitting room, a modern fitted kitchen opening to a veranda and the picturesque rear garden. Above there is a bathroom and 3 double bedrooms each with an original fireplace and built in wardrobes.
The house and its neighbours feature some lovely architectural details of the period that were very much integral to the Arts and Crafts design philosophy. These include unusually good pine parquet block flooring, continuous skirting boards and picture rails, high ceilings, fireplaces with keystone motifs, marble surrounds and bolection moulded frames together with original internal doors that have Douglas fir vertical panels all specified by Mr Love for his client the landowner and stonemason H. W. Pippett who retained ownership of all five houses well into the 1970’s which probably explains the remarkable preservation of the group that were first known as The Close.
Robert Maclaren Love was born in 1897 and educated in Bath. After returning from the Great War he became Chief Assistant Architect to Cecil Howitt in Nottingham on the Homes for Heroes program. Later, in 1928 he joined Sir Edwin Lutyens in New Delhi as Chief Architect in his department designing a number of civic buildings in and around the new capital of India.
In 1932 he was elected a Fellow of RIBA and a year later he designed the properties here in Nailsea, his only known private commission.
The gardens are everything a cottage garden should be and the setting is amazingly convenient and ‘the avenue’ is often missed by passers-by but whenever a property whether one of these cottages or the slightly older neighbouring houses is available here there is always plenty of interest.
The town centre is an easy 10 minute walk away, there are no passing traffic noise issues, the gardens at the rear enjoy an outlook past the playing fields of Nailsea School to the distant hill sides of Wraxall.
The station is also within easy walking distance and for the commuter there is good access to the larger centres in the area including Clevedon, Portishead and Weston-Super-Mare with Bristol just 8 miles distant.
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