ISSUE 27  |  Summer Rentals

The Seaside Rental: A Midcentury Beach House in the UK

July 10, 2014 11:00 AM

BY Christine Chang Hanway

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A seaside respite for midcentury architecture aficionados: Located on Hayling Island, off the Hampshire coast of England, this three-bedroom house was designed in 1963 by British architect Hedley Greentree, who was just starting his practice. Its open-plan spaces, clean lines, and exposed brickwork reflect the influences of 20th-century masters, such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier. A modernist anomaly in a British coastal setting, it’s available for rent–and the beach is minutes away.

Photographs via The Modern House.

Above: The house has been extensively refurbished and updated in recent years, but the original cedar ceilings and floors of rare Brazilian Paraná pine are intact throughout.

Above: In an otherwise neutral palette, color makes an appearance in the upholstery of the dining room chairs–a version of Verner Panton’s 1958 Cone Chair–and the refrigerator in the kitchen beyond. 

Above: A careful balance has been struck between maintaining the best features of the original design and creating a comfortable, up-to-date 21st-century kitchen. 

Above: Floor-to-ceiling glazed openings allow in natural light from the courtyard garden, keeping the dining and living room airy and bright.

Above: All horizontal surfaces, including the floating stair treads, are wood.

Above: Light from above casts shadows over the open-tread cantilevered stairs, one of the original features of the house.

Above L and R: Painted brick walls add texture to the neutral palette.

Above: Upstairs, a second living room with a wall of windows runs along the width of the house. It overlooks the garden below.

Above: A white-framed TV sits unobtrusively on the coffee table.

Above: Painted brick walls and Brazilian Paraná pine floors continue into the bedrooms. A white butterfly chair in the corner is in keeping with the midcentury architecture. Learn about the origins of the chair in Object Lessons: The Classic Butterfly Chair.

Above: The house has three bedrooms, each with a double bed, and sleeps six. 

Above: A long, trough-like sink maximizes space in the upstairs bathroom.

Above: The house is on Hayling Island, a vacation destination known for sailing and windsurfing. It rents for £1,300 a week; go to The Modern House for more details. 

The map below shows the location of the house on Sea Front road and its proximity to the beach. Hayling Island is an hour-and-a-half train ride from London.


If you like the materials used in this house, see 10 Favorites: Exotic Wood in the Bath and Another Brick in the Wall. And on Gardenista, have a look at the World’s Best Outdoor/Indoor Teak Furniture.