Inspired by Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens & The Arts and Crafts Movement

Seven Oaks has been built by Period Homes and designed in the style of the greatest English country house architect of the early 20th century, Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens. His career lasted 50 years at a time when Britain was at the height of its prosperity, and his Edwardian clients, men of wealth and often power, reflected the opulence of the times. Not only the design but also many of the materials and construction techniques were imported from England. Several trips were necessary to visit and document Lutyens' most important country houses, resulting in the accurate and thoroughly researched reproduction of many of the features of his best country houses.

The Arts and Crafts movement was a design movement developed first and most fully in the British Isles that flourished most especially between 1895 and 1910. The influence of the English Arts and Crafts Movement became the foundation for Lutyens' creative career. It stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms in a picturesque, romantic style. The design and construction of the property is a tribute to Arts and Crafts principals where workmanship is paramount.

 Entry Court from the porte-cochère

Entry Court from the porte-cochère

The Entry

The main entry door is based on the Portcullis doors designed by Lutyens for Castle Drogo in Devon, the last castle to be built in England, and probably the last private house in the country to be built entirely of granite.

Carved almost entirely by hand, the door took several months to complete. The front door lock is an exact reproduction of the Bramah lock used by Lutyens on the original front door at Goddards in Surrey. 

The Stairs & Gallery

The post & beams in the gallery are imported European oak hand carved to replicate the first floor corridor at Lutyens' 1901 "Marshcourt" in Hampshire. 

  The main stair design is an exact replica of the design for Lutyens' "Munstead Wood" in Surrey.

The main stair design is an exact replica of the design for Lutyens' "Munstead Wood" in Surrey.

  The paneling and custom made iron dragon's head hinges are replicas of the "Best Dressing Room" at Lutyens' Castle Drogo.

The paneling and custom made iron dragon's head hinges are replicas of the "Best Dressing Room" at Lutyens' Castle Drogo.

The Drawing Room

The proportions of the design are based on the Roman Corinthian order of architecture. The horizontal sections correspond to the six main  Corinthian elements - base, shaft, capital, architrave, frieze and cornice. The architrave and cornice are done in true plaster as is the strapping on the ceiling.

The Library & Music Room

The library cabinets are lined in mahogany with mouth blown antique glass in the manner of the period by Bendheim Specialty Glass. Five Northwest facing windows provide the ideal natural lighting, All windows in the house contain dual laminated panes of safety glass and applied lead to provide the period look without any issues associated with true leaded glass. The flower arrangement on the piano represent a few of the 60 varieties of David Austin roses from the cutting garden.

  Notice the beautiful texture of the hand blown glass. All the cabinet doors are accessed via keyed antique-style half-mortise furniture locks.   The floor to ceiling paneling in the Drawing Room, Library and Music Room is an exact reproduction of the paneling Lutyens designed for "Temple Dinsley" in Hertfordshire during 1909. 

Notice the beautiful texture of the hand blown glass. All the cabinet doors are accessed via keyed antique-style half-mortise furniture locks. The floor to ceiling paneling in the Drawing Room, Library and Music Room is an exact reproduction of the paneling Lutyens designed for "Temple Dinsley" in Hertfordshire during 1909. 

  All of the wood  work was custom milled to match the original drawings by Lutyens.

All of the woodwork was custom milled to match the original drawings by Lutyens.

The Great Room

 The Great Room fireplace is a reproduction of Lutyens' Hall fireplace at "Deanery Garden" in Sonning, England. The floors throughout are hand-scraped, imported European coppice oak.

The Great Room fireplace is a reproduction of Lutyens' Hall fireplace at "Deanery Garden" in Sonning, England. The floors throughout are hand-scraped, imported European coppice oak.

The Formal Dining Room

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Note the Antique Victorian mantlepiece, true plaster crown moulding and antique candle chandelier. The silk damask walling is imported from Gainsborough Silk Weaving Co, Ltd. Gainsboroughcould be described as a working museum with 15 working Hattersley looms - which are in some cases up to 100 years old - making up the majority of the factory machinery. Despite their age, these looms still produce the beautiful cloth for which Gainsborough is best known. Awarded the Royal Warrant in 1980, Gainsborough has produced many fabrics for the Royal Family and state buildings,  which include Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, St. James’s Palace, Winsor Castle, The Houses of Parliament and the vestments at St. Paul’s Cathedral, among others.

The Powder Room

 Marble Floor and full length panelling

Marble Floor and full length panelling

 Antique mahogany washstand with an Antique blue and white basin

Antique mahogany washstand with an Antique blue and white basin

The "Unfitted" Kitchen

A refreshing alternative to built-in cabinetry, unfitted -- or furniture-style -- storage options infuse a kitchen with character and charm.

  60" Wolf Range with grill and griddle surrounded by delft tiles.

60" Wolf Range with grill and griddle surrounded by delft tiles.

 A Shaws of Darwen heavy duty ceramic fireclay sink is set in a custom teak worksurface with integrated drain boards and flanked on either side by double Fisher Paykel DishDrawers

A Shaws of Darwen heavy duty ceramic fireclay sink is set in a custom teak worksurface with integrated drain boards and flanked on either side by double Fisher Paykel DishDrawers

  Delftware Tiles.  Behind the kitchen Wolf range is a panel of reproduction early and mid-seventeenth century Dutch tiles, some depict soldiers and animals set within borders of concentric circles,  others are mid-seventeenth century Dutch animal tiles with ox-head corner motifs and plain tiles with   flour-de-lis   corner motifs.  The corner motifs are executed in the reserving technique (such that when four corners meet, they create  an ornamental design). 

Delftware Tiles. Behind the kitchen Wolf range is a panel of reproduction early and mid-seventeenth century Dutch tiles, some depict soldiers and animals set within borders of concentric circles, others are mid-seventeenth century Dutch animal tiles with ox-head corner motifs and plain tiles with flour-de-lis corner motifs. The corner motifs are executed in the reserving technique (such that when four corners meet, they create  an ornamental design). 

The Pantry

The Morning Room

The Morning Room has two walls of windows facing East toward the rising sun and overlooking the pool. Also shown are Bennison hand-printed linen drapes and imported Cotswold limestone flooring. The edges of each piece of limestone were hand pillowed on-site prior to installation.

 Fabulous antique rimlock made in England between 1830 and 1837 with the original iron key.-  These locks can be identified by a small round brass seal bearing the rampant lions of the British royal arms and the words “Carpenter and Company.” This lock has the initial of the reigning British monarch stamped in the brass rim of the keeper (the letters 'W' and 'R' either side of the British Coat of Arms). WR stands for William Rex, or 'William is King' and refers to King William IV, uncle of Queen Victoria. These old iron locks are unique in that the strike goes up and down rather than in and out 

Fabulous antique rimlock made in England between 1830 and 1837 with the original iron key.-  These locks can be identified by a small round brass seal bearing the rampant lions of the British royal arms and the words “Carpenter and Company.” This lock has the initial of the reigning British monarch stamped in the brass rim of the keeper (the letters 'W' and 'R' either side of the British Coat of Arms). WR stands for William Rex, or 'William is King' and refers to King William IV, uncle of Queen Victoria. These old iron locks are unique in that the strike goes up and down rather than in and out 

 Brass curtain rods in the Morning Room and throughout the house are tipped with reproduction brass finials.  Each is a clone of an original antique and were made in Buxhill, England by Brass Foundry Castings Ltd.

Brass curtain rods in the Morning Room and throughout the house are tipped with reproduction brass finials. Each is a clone of an original antique and were made in Buxhill, England by Brass Foundry Castings Ltd.

The Upstairs Gallery

The imported European Oak beam work is a reproduction of the first floor gallery at Lutyens' "Munstead Wood." All of the posts and beams are hand adzed, put together using the period technique of mortise and tenon and held with 100-year-old oak pegs. The adze work gives the wood the effect of slightly rippled water.

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The Master Bedroom

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The Pink Bedroom

This large bedroom is one of several rooms decorated with Bennison Fabrics. Bennison is an English Company specializing in hand-printed fabrics based on 18th and 19th Century English and French textiles, originally discovered and reproduced by the late, renowned antique dealer and decorator, Geoffrey Bennison. See below regarding the antique fireplace behind the bed.

 Bathroom for the bedroom above includes an imported English cast iron claw-footed tub

Bathroom for the bedroom above includes an imported English cast iron claw-footed tub

  An antique Victorian  cast iron "hob grate" which has been adapted to burn ceramic (reproduction) coal with a gas flame controlled by a wall switch.  The floors throughout are solid, hand-scraped, imported European coppice oak. The mantle is flanked by two Victorian reproduction gaslight fixtures from Roy Electric Lighting. Their lighting  can be seen at the White House Executive Building, U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., and Disney Worldwide.

An antique Victorian  cast iron "hob grate" which has been adapted to burn ceramic (reproduction) coal with a gas flame controlled by a wall switch.The floors throughout are solid, hand-scraped, imported European coppice oak. The mantle is flanked by two Victorian reproduction gaslight fixtures from Roy Electric Lighting. Their lighting can be seen at the White House Executive Building, U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., and Disney Worldwide.

The Blue Bedroom

This Spacious bedroom with 10' ceilings overlooks the pool. Notice the meticulously  reproduced 19th century cabinetry and window seat. Each brass cabinet knob is a clone of an original antique and were cast by the time consuming and demanding lost wax process in Buxhill, England by Brass Foundry Castings Ltd.

 On the Northwest side of the room, a dormer window accommodates perfectly an antique study desk.

On the Northwest side of the room, a dormer window accommodates perfectly an antique study desk.

 The bathroom for the Blue Bedroom above includes pedestal sink, handmade crackle-glazed tile wainscoting and honed Lagos Azul limestone flooring with a polished marble accent stripe .

The bathroom for the Blue Bedroom above includes pedestal sink, handmade crackle-glazed tile wainscoting and honed Lagos Azul limestone flooring with a polished marble accent stripe .

The Pool & Spa

When the surface of a pool is flush with the deck, it creates a highly reflective surface and the water appears motionless as it flows over all the edges simultaneously. A deck-level perimeter overflow is often called “knife-edge” or “zero edge” because the slot where the water falls is almost invisible. It is also called “Lautner-edge” after Los Angeles architect John Lautner who first adopted the concept.This pool is edged in volcanic lava stone imported from Hawaii with a dark interior finish to help to produce the mirror-like surface.  The grass is Penncross Creeping Bentgrass, which is typically used on putting greens.

 Reflection of the house in the pool at sunset.

Reflection of the house in the pool at sunset.

 Pink Wisteria grows over the Breakfast Room Terrace in a view overlooking the pool and spa.

Pink Wisteria grows over the Breakfast Room Terrace in a view overlooking the pool and spa.

 A red-tailed hawk at the pool's edge of volcanic lava stone imported from Hawaii. The grass is Penncross Creeping Bentgrass, which is typically used on putting greens.

A red-tailed hawk at the pool's edge of volcanic lava stone imported from Hawaii. The grass is Penncross Creeping Bentgrass, which is typically used on putting greens.

The Pool House

 Custom pillow edged Irish blue limestone flooring, quarter-sawn oak cabinetry, bespoke pooltable lights and cathedral ceiling

Custom pillow edged Irish blue limestone flooring, quarter-sawn oak cabinetry, bespoke pooltable lights and cathedral ceiling