The mock Tudor five-bedroom house was the height of fashion when it was built. Now it’s on the market for a vintage premium of £1.25m.
Boundary Cottage in Chaldon, Surrey, was built as a show home for the Ideal Home Exhibition (now the Ideal Home Show) in the 1920s.
Full-sized exhibition homes - or show homes - have been a highlight of the show since it started 110 years ago. They allow architects and designers to demonstrate what they believe are the latest innovations in home design.
The exhibition homes are still a staple of the show today, and for the third year in a row, Zoopla is the main sponsor. The show runs from 17 March through to 2 April, 2018, at Olympia, London and you can get tickets here.
Eco homes and smart homes are at the cutting edge of today's architecture, but at the time it was built, Boundary Cottage would have been at the forefront of design.
While it has undergone refurbishment in the intervening years, it still contains plenty of its original charm.
What’s the home like?
Mock Tudor homes were all the rage in the 1920s and this timber-framed house is a perfect example.
Although the property is almost 100 years old, the elm cladding, Canadian Red Cedar roof tiles and lead window frames give it the appearance of a much older home.
Inside you'll find an abundance of original features, including wood panelled walls, exposed beams and several brick-built fireplaces.
The house is also surprisingly spacious with three reception rooms, a kitchen, utility room and a bathroom all on the ground floor.
Upstairs you’ll find three immaculate bedrooms, two of which have ensuite bathrooms. While the kitchen could benefit from an update, all three of the bathrooms have been refitted with modern tiling and fixtures.
The detached four-car garage is also a modern addition, although it was built to match the style of the existing house.
On top of the garage there is the extra bonus of a two-bedroom apartment, with its own fitted kitchen and contemporary bathroom.
It could be perfect as a granny annexe, or as a stepping stone for teenagers looking for more independence.
Surrounding the house is a landscaped garden that’s mainly laid to lawn, but is also stocked with a variety of shrubs, plants and flower beds.
If you like to entertain outside when the weather is warmer, then there’s a large paved terrace and a summer house that has its own power supply.
Where is it?
Boundary cottage sits on Roffes Lane in the village of Chaldon which is just inside the M25 and to the west of Caterham. Trains from Caterham can take you into the capital in as little as 45 minutes and run into both London Bridge and London Victoria.
How much is it on for?
What is interesting about the area?
If you’re a golf lover you’re in luck because the 200-acre Surrey National Golf Course is within walking distance of the house.
For more extensive amenities you’ll need to head to Caterham, where you’ll find a substantial shopping centre, pubs, restaurants, schools and healthcare.