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Former home of architect Blunden Shadbolt on the market in Salfords – Surrey property

PUBLISHED: 09:44 14 April 2014

The exterior

The exterior


Twentieth century architect and structural engineer, Blunden Shadbolt took the view that architecture and nature should be ‘at one’ with each other.

The kitchenThe kitchen


Cross Oak House, Salfords

As such, many of the buildings he designed were deliberately made imperfect - not only so they were in harmony with their surroundings but also, often, to make them look more historic than they in actual fact were.

The sitting roomThe sitting room

He achieved this by using older materials – such as ancient stone, brick, tiles and oak beams. So effective was the illusion he created that some of his properties were mistaken as genuinely old and inadvertently listed, including his personal home, Cross Oak House in Salfords, which is now on the market.

Situated within the Cross Oak Lane Conservation Area, Cross Oak House enjoys lovely views across open countryside and adjoining farmland.

Designed by Shadbolt, it incorporates several of his trademark features including brick beehive cowl fireplaces within an inglenook, doors made from wooden planks with wooden latches and leather draw strings and a wooden staircase.

Inside there is a master bedroom suite with three further double bedrooms, while outside you’ll find a courtyard with office, workshop and heated greenhouse.

The formal gardens comprise about 1.5 acres and provide a delightful haven for horticulturalists and those with a yearn to be self sufficient with a productive fruit cage, vegetable garden and orchard.

• Savills, Reigate: 01737 230200

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