The Landmark Libraries and the accompanying literature supplied by the Trust always add to my enjoyment of any Landmark stay. At Anderton House it was no exception.
On the non-fiction shelves in the sitting room, alongside the usual reference books such as the local edition of Pevsner, I enjoyed reading ‘a garden & three houses‘; words by Jane Brown; pictures by Richard Bryant; captions by Peter and Margaret Aldington (Garden Art Press, 1999). This is the story of the Aldington’s designing and building of their home Turn End (and the two neighbouring houses) in Buckinghamshire. Also, ‘Aldington, Craig and Collinge: twentieth century architects‘; by Alan Powers (RIBA, 2009) and ‘Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses‘ by Thomas A. Heinz (Grange Books, 2002).
There was a choice of jigsaw puzzles in the study area called The Dog House (see photos below) but none appealed, and besides, I was too busy reading. However, I discovered this selection of 300 piece puzzles any one of which looks more attractive to me!
Here is a photographic tour of the main features of the house and its contents and environment.
The Approach Drive after a sharp bend from the road
Another tightish turn to get into the Car Port
Welcome to Anderton House, come inside
The Housekeeper’s Welcome Tray [note plain white LSA International crockery]
Entrance Hall contains a mixture of ancient and modern
Down the steps is the glass-walled sitting area
On the right is the ‘Dog House’ a study area where Mr Anderton could work with his papers and not mess up the sitting room with them, could still be part of the house company and also appreciate the stunning hillside views.
The Dog House
There are iconic Eames Chairs in the Sitting Room …
… and some modern art
The efficient kitchen
The Dining Area with 1970s Denby Arabesque display
And here is the original plan of the house from Powers’ book showing the ‘public’ areas quite separate from the ‘private’ areas