Villa Gordon House Tour

Welcome to the Villa Gordon house tour. This page is designed to introduce you to the inside of the house and answer some frequently asked questions. Foremost among these is, how is the house furnished? My family has used it as a holiday home since 1936, and the furnishings reflect this: comfortable, but not antiques. Having said that, in recent years there has been considerable re-investment in house furnishings, beds and redecoration. The house has been completely rewired and the hot water plant replaced.

The house is set in an oblong plot of about four acres; in front of the building meadow stretches down 100 metres to the gate and access to the local road which takes traffic into the village. Traffic noise is not obtrusive, though this is a farming area and there will be tractors etc on the roads.

The house and grounds are safe for children.

The Basement

The basement is more like a lower ground floor: it has windows throughout. There is central heating in the basement should it be necessary in early or late season.

The kitchen and scullery make one large and comfortable living room, with a "breakfast area" and table for informal meals. It has recently been completely re-equipped with a five ring gas hob and oven, dish washer and refrigerator.

The laundry is equipped with an automatic washing machine, ironing facilities (these are repeated on the first and second floors) and "lazy Susan" clothes hanger.

Elsewhere there is a bathroom for the ground floor bedrooms, and a ping pong table.

Two views of the kitchen and scullery:

The Ground Floor

The house is entered across the veranda, which is furnished with tables, chairs and benches for outdoor meals, and you enter into the drawing room. This is a tall room, taking in the first floor as well, with an elegant art deco staircase circling up to a landing below a ceiling decorated with art nouveau flowers. Around there are many African artefacts and books, dating to my grandfather's time in Eritrea.

The dining room is a large room, with sofas and armchairs around the fireplace as well as the dining room table which seats 12. The ceiling of the room is decorated with a faux Oriental design typical of the pre-First World War period.

The bedrooms are both large and well decorated, equipped with wash basins as are all the bedrooms. They are connected by an adjoining door.


Above: a view of the dining room, giving a good idea of the size of party the house can accommodate.

Left: The drawing room seen from the first floor, showing the staircase and landing as indicated in the floorplans.


Above: the double bedroom, ground floor.

Above: the twin bedroom, ground floor.

The First Floor

This floor (left) completes the accommodation for what I describe as the "half house" in the rental terms and conditions. It comprises two twin bedrooms, a bathroom and the principal double bedroom of the house, which comes with its own little balcony.

The Second Floor

The second floor (floorplan below) comprises the additional accommodation to make up the "whole house" package: it adds two double bedrooms, a single bedroom and a bathroom, taking the capacity of the house up to 15 people.

The second floor is shown to the right. The unused rooms are used for storage and are closed off.







Left: The principle double bedroom on the first floor.

Right: the larger of the two double bedrooms on the second floor.