Finished in 1971, the Landmark Trust’s youngest property is a modern period piece by British architect Peter Aldington inspired by Devon longhouses
The Landmark Trust is better known for restoring historic stately piles to their former glory, turning them into some of the most unusual holiday homes in the UK. So when it bought Anderton House near Barnstaple in 2000 – a relative babe in arms – it was a bit of a shocker.
Finished in 1971, the house is pioneering in lots of ways, from its desire to unify inside and out (with huge picture windows in the living room and a tiled floor that carries right on out to a terraced area) to its referencing of local vernacular buildings – in this case the long, low profile of the Devon longhouse. It turns out that the man behind the Landmark Trust’s decision to take it on was the architect himself, Peter Aldington, who, worried about the house’s future (despite it being Grade-II listed) badgered it until it said yes.
Thanks to Aldington’s determination, anyone can enjoy his creation now. It might challenge your ideas about early-70s interiors: yes, there’s a bit of brown and orange, but instead of gaudy swirly carpets there are whitewashed breezeblock walls and soaring timber-clad ceilings, forming the backdrop for lots of spot-on period furniture. There’s a semi-circular bathroom, a pod office space built into one end of the main living room (very ahead of its time) and amazing views across the countryside. Bring your best cocktail frock for that Abigail’s Party moment (‘Top-up, Sue?”).
Photos via The Landmark Trust