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Marylands, Surrey

Marylands is a unique, Grade II listed detached house in Ewhurst, Surrey. Marylands was designed by Oliver Hill and built between 1929-31 for Mr M C Warner. It is often listed as Arts & Crafts style and was heavily influenced by the Arts & Crafts architect Edwin Lutyens. However, Hill managed to convince his client that an inventive mixture of Spanish style with Lutyens influence would suit the site.


Marylands, Surrey

In preparing the designs for Maryland, Hill had deflected the client from his Tudor preference which Oliver Hill thought was completely wrong for the site. Built of sandstone with Swedish green pantiled roof, Maryland has a sprawling grandure which takes full advantage of the spectacular views of Surrey with the windows overlooking the view purposely left unglazed in castle style. The main building comprises a U-shaped block of 2 storeys facing south-west to take, with north-east side incorporating tall battered square tower and with curved service wing of one storey and attics attached to the north by an archway. The two wings are linked by a stone terrace incorporating a Moorish curved pool.

A projecting right hand wing has open loggia on ground floor with round headed arches and former nursery wing on first floor with open sleeping platform of three bays to the south. The music room on ground floor has round-headed tall windows, some with glazing bars, some without and metal balcony to south. North-west side has battered external chimneystack and to north is a battered square tower of 4 storeys, including library on first floor with modified Venetian window, round-headed windows to second floor with idiosyncratic diagonal glazing bars and small casements to tower room.

The interior of Marylands has been retained as Oliver Hill envisaged. The hallways are still tiled and retain the beamed ceiling supported on stone corbels. Many of the rooms retain the original light fittings, tiling and fireplaces.. The music room has a sandstone fireplace with herringbone brick infill and brick curved hood, dais at one end, oak hatch with chevron pattern to library, round-headed door with chevron pattern to hall. Staircase hall has minstrels' gallery, two round-headed arches with battered column, circular herringbone brick feature to floor, circular stone steps with tiled risers, stone arches to minstrels gallery, partly open wooden staircase and wheel light fitting. Library has corner stone fireplace. Dining room is barrel-vaulted and has a Tudor arched fireplace with herringbone brick infill and serving hatch with chevron pattern which folds into four to kitchen. Service staircase has stick balusters and square newel posts. Servants' bells survive. First floor corrior has copper light fittings. Several bedrooms have original fireplaces, some with tiled surrounds and cupboards.

Poirot & Other Media Coverage[edit]

During the Second World War the house was let to Tatsumi, the Japanese Military Attache and Sikorsky, the Polish prime minister but most people will have seen Marylands via an episode of the ITV series 'Poirot' starring David Suchet. It featured in Episode 7, Series 5 in 1993 called 'Dead Man's Mirror', where it is used as the country home of industrialist Gervase Chevenix (played by Ian Cuthbertson).

See Also In Chimni[edit]

ChimniWiki Is My House 'Arts & Crafts'?

Chimni Wiki Homes Used In Poirot Episodes

Chimni Wiki Page: Homes Used As TV & Movie Locations

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