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England

Foxwold (Foxwold Chase)

  • Built / Designed For: Horace Noble Pym

    House & Family History: Foxwold is a classic late Victorian Arts & Crafts style country house. Built of Flemish bond with sandstone window dressings, the asymmetrical house even retains its William Morris wallpaper. Foxwold was the family home of Roland Pym (1911-2006), the noted theater designer, landscape artist, muralist, and book illustrator (his 2004 book, "The Kentish Scene: Pages from the Brasted Diary," is a lovely compendium of his work that shows the influence of Rex Whistler).

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The house is surrounded by 205 acres of gardens laid out in 1912. The famous nude bathing scene from the 1986 film "A Room With a View" was filmed in the estate woodland in a pond constructed for the movie. The woodland was badly damaged by the fierce storm of October 1987, during which the man-made pond was destroyed.

  • Architect: Alexander Rose Stenning

    Date: 1883
    Designed: House for Horace Noble Pym

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  • Title: Merchant Ivory's English Landscape: Rooms, Views, and Anglo-Saxon Attitudes
    Author: Pym, John
    Year Published: 1995
    Publisher: New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
    ISBN: 0810942755
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • "A Room With a View" (1986 - as Windy Corner, the Honeychurch family home).
  • Past Seat / Home of: Horace Noble Pym, late 19th century; John Pym, late 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No

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