Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Art Deco at Portland House

Following up from Sunday's outfit post, I have pictures galore today of the gorgeous Art Deco villa, Portland House.  The property is owned by the National Trust, but is not usually open to the public - it's actually a holiday home, that you can rent out.  It's fairly pricey, with rental prices at £1600 to £3500 for a week (sleeping up to 12 people).  The location is a most special one, in an upmarket residential area outside Weymouth, with sweeping views across the bay.  For one weekend only, the National Trust held an 'open weekend', so that visitors could pay admission like with any other of their properties, to tour the villa.  I found out about it months ago, and immediately knew that's what I wanted to do for my birthday weekend!

The villa is built on the site of a grand Edwardian mansion, that was demolished, and the original lodge is still at the driveway entrance.  Once through the gates, you can see the 1930s' influence straight away, with a palm-tree lined path leading to what looks like a rather unassuming bungalow built in the popular Californian style of the time.  Don't let it fool you though - inside it's Art Deco paradise!

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld



Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

If I won the lottery, this exactly the kind of house I would buy.  It's not a huge mansion, it's a very modest size.  There's no cinema room, no home gym, no hot tub.  But really it's a house that you'd be equally comfortable living in day to day, as you would entertaining in.  A cocktail cabinet and a sea view, that's all I need.  The parties you could have on that terrace would be amazing, imagine the ladies in bias-cut gowns and the gents all dapper in tuxedos.  The original owner of the villa sadly died only a year after moving in to his new build, but he probably would have installed a Hollywood style swimming pool on the lawn below the terrace.  I think one would finish it off very nicely indeed!

What do you think, is this your idea of a 'dream' house, or would you want something a bit more grand?

12 comments:

  1. What an amazing house! Just imagine staying there! Now, shall I use the pink bathroom today, or the blue one today? If money was no option, I'd live in a slightly more modest version of an Art Deco house. I wouldn't mind having that dressing table! How wonderful that you were able to visit this house. Thanks for sharing! xxx

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  2. What a gorgeous house. I know that part of the world a little, but I had no idea it was there. A date for the open weekend next year, I think!

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  3. Okay, when can I move in?! Can I just type WANT, WANT, WANT for the whole post? I think that just about covers it! xx

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  4. The exterior does look very Californian, doesn't it?
    I love some of the furniture but not so keen on the beige carpets and magnolia walls, I prefer my Art Deco decor more over the top and glamorous with metallic wallpaper and dark carpets. Loving the taps on the pink bath and the blue suite.
    The pair of you look utterly fabulous. xxx

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  5. Wow. I'd love to rent this. Must win the lottery first.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  6. Those bathrooms! Mine suddenly feels rather boring... I could really see you living here, gliding around the house in a floor length gown, cocktail in hand ;) totally agree with you about the sea view - I would be happy to live most places if the sea was on my doorstep :) xx

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  7. What a gorgeous place, and the furniture!! Lovely. I've grown to love Art Deco more over the years, especially living where I do, which has a lot of Art Deco storefronts. But unfortunately my husband hasn't warmed to it, his feelings on the style are quite melodramatically negative! So I'll need a different dream home!

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  8. Wow, that's fantastic. Such a lovely house.

    Like with the Landmark Trust places, I reckon if you could get enough people to go with you, it'd work out as quite a cheap place to rent. Get 10 in the off-season and that's £160 each for a whole week in those surroundings. Vintage blogger house party! ;-)

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  9. Yup this would do me very well!

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  10. Art Deco eye candy!!! I love all of the interesting details and all that beautiful furniture too. I love all these peeks into historical buildings that you share!

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  11. What a gorgeous spot! I had to show Brian all the gorgeous wood pieces in there - they are seriously stunning. And I feel like I have to point out that if you actually split the cost 12 ways, the price really isn't that bad. Maybe for a group vacation...

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  12. Eeeep what a shame that the price to rent it for a week is so steep - your husband looks very much at home there! Every single piece of furniture is perfect and the way the rooms have been put together is really divine (yep I've sat here going back and forth dying over all of the glorious details over and over again) how I love all of the beautifully carved wood too. Who even needs a cinema room when you can sit on that piazza in your beach pajamas and soak up the sun? Heaven...

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