Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Broadleys by Voysey

While at an estate sale this past weekend I came across an interesting little boxed set of 1/2 sheets of paper showcasing highlights of Western Architectural history. A sort of 1960s version of pinterest (do you follow me on pinterest?). One of these sheets was a vintage photograph and plan of  house Broadleys by the architect Voysey, the sheet seen below. You may remember I blogged about another Voysey house, Upmeads, last year which was actually pretty similar in that it had an efficient, tight floorplan and was loacted out in the country.
As I did with a number of the projects I wasn't familiar with (mainly cathedrals and palaces) I looked Broadleys up online. Not only is the house still extant but it  is open to the public as a short-term rental or bed and breakfast! I came across a website listing a number of similar British Arts & Crafts houses that were also operating as bed and breakfasts HERE. What an incredible opportunity to not only go to house museums while you travel but to stay in one as well! The internet is full of dangerous ways to spend money.
A number of other interesting drawings popped up of Broadleys as well such as this cartouche in the collection of the V&A.
This charming postcard caught my eye as well not only because of the beautiful rendering but it also included the 2nd floor plan. And so one falls down the rabbit hole of the internet.... Whats caught your eye lately? Get 10% sitewide when you shop at Access Hydroponic. Valid until November 2013!


Divine Theatre said...

I am finally catching up on your posts! Long Summer...lots of mistakes made and corrected.

I also have a small gift for you, if you wouldn't mind sending your address privately? I think you can do that?

The siren song of the internet is almost too much for me to resist most days. I usually have 10-20 pages open on differing topics from the flight patterns of birds to the history of French clothing to the benefits of laissez-faire capitalism!
I am an information addict. LOL!
Thanks for stopping by. It's so good to see you again!



deana sidney said...

Oh my, want to go to England next year or what? Wouldn't it be awesome? I love staying at a great house
it just makes the whole experience richer.
Great find... don't you love estate sales???

Mark D. Ruffner said...

I like the idea of staying in an Arts & Crafts B&B should I ever visit Britain — thanks for putting that idea in my mind, where it is safely tucked away for future reference!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Andie - thanks so much - address sent!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Deana - I can't imagine anything better - especially as you are such a seasoned British traveler! And yes - estate sales are probably my favorite activity!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Mark - bookmark the site: I think it's invaluable!

Anonymous said...

For those fans of Poirot, Broadleys can be seen in the episode Dumb Witness. It was used as the setting for the local boat club.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Anon -I love Poirot, I'll have to look that episode up!

Karena Albert said...

Stefan an amazing find indeed. It would be a dream to stay at one of these historical homes.

I am a lover of Poirot as well...a fun way to see the Broadleys.

Art by Karena

La Petite Gallery said...

OOOOOOHH! I love this house.
had to get a magnify glass to read
the robot code.