Architect: Eric Lyons
This four-bedroom architect-designed house in the tranquil setting of Weymede was built in 1963 – 66 by the renowned development company Span. It was designed by Eric Lyons, a celebrated architect whose work has been widely published and is still much admired today. Weymede is a sought-after collection of houses set amongst private gardens near Weybridge, a short commute (under 30 minutes) from central London.
The three-storey house, one of three house types that can be found on Weymede, has an entrance hall on the ground floor that leads to a living / dining room with full height glazed doors that overlook the garden and a kitchen area. Stairs lead up to the first floor, on which there are two bedrooms, and there are a further two bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor. There is also a nearby garage that comes with the property.
Weymede is one of the best located of the thirty Span estates. 141 houses can be found on a private 15-acre riverside site. The leafy, landscaped surroundings, most notably the large green communal spaces and riverside site (only for the use of Weymede residents), make an enviably attractive setting. Landscaped by Ivor Cunningham, the grounds are always one of the real appeals of Span estates. Weymede backs onto woodland, to which it has private access, which leads to the historic Brooklands Museum.
Weymede is close to a range of supermarkets, shops and restaurants in Brooklands, West Byfleet and Weybridge. Brooklands Shopping Centre is very close (within easy walking distance) and houses a variety of stores including a large M&S.
The A3 and M25 are approximately two miles away, leading directly into central London (distance 25 miles). Heathrow can be reached in 20 minutes, Gatwick in 40 minutes, and the coast in approximately an hour.
The area is well served by railway stations at Byfleet & New Haw, West Byfleet, Weybridge and Woking. Byfleet & New Haw is approximately one mile from Weymede and runs services into London Waterloo from 30 minutes. West Byfleet runs services into London Waterloo in under 30 minutes.
Tenure: Freehold with share of Weymede estate
Maintenance charge: £89 per month
Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.
Having worked for Walter Gropius and Maxwell Fry, Eric Lyons (1912-1980) co-founded the development company Span in 1948, along with Geoffrey Townsend and Leslie Bilsby. Lyons’s Span houses are all about space and light, and blurring the edges between outside and indoor space. He paid great attention to the surrounding landscape, designing and building properties around existing splendid mature trees and creating communal areas that encourage residents to mix. An early Span publication summarises the origin of the name: “It spans the gap between the suburban monotony of the typical ‘spec building’ and the architecturally designed individually built residence.” Outside of his Span work, Lyons carried out a number of other schemes, including public housing for World’s End in Chelsea. He was appointed President of the RIBA in the 1970s.
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