Standing majestically on the edge of Gloucestershire’s rolling Cotswold hills
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Hilles House stands majestically on the edge of Gloucestershire’s rolling Cotswold hills, proudly surveying five counties from it’s breath-taking promontory.
Perched in its own romantic ‘Avalon’ of gentle hillocks, the house is flanked by generous lawns on both sides and bordered by great yew hedges, dry stone walls and carefully tended flower and shrub beds. The house sits in its own private estate comprising 700 acres.
The house is the home of Detmar Blow, who bears the same name as his grand-father, the celebrated Arts & Crafts architect. The building (constructed between 1914-1916) is in so many ways, the ‘great work’ of the elder Detmar Blow, who’s many projects exemplify the style and new ideas of the time and of his friends and colleagues, who included the legendary William Morris and John Ruskin.
The house was built upon Fabian principles borne of the famed Fabian Society which promoted the ethics of an egalitarian life for all, through improving social justice, establishing a universal health-care system and reforming imperialism.
Detmar’s partner, filmmaker Martha Fiennes, says of Hilles, ‘I have got to know this house by living here through the seasons and have seen the different way in which the light works in the house; each room has an entirely different quality, and the whole house has an extraordinary magnetic draw. When it was originally built out on its promontory it was an act of daring that I think still thrills to this day. It is certainly a house that requests vision and creativity from the people who visit and live there – and what is most interesting to observe is that largely speaking this is exactly what it has done’.
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