Near Porlock, Somerset.


 For Lady Lovelace.


Voysey made some alterations to a design by Lady Lovelace, a pupil of Voysey, and supervised the execution of the work.

According to Joanna Symonds the existing house and outbuildings (1974) have received minor alterations which include enlarging and glazing in the veranda and changing the slope of the gable on the N projection.

The walls are of roughcast, in this case over local stone, the windows have wood frames and iron casements and the roofs are of slate.


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Image published in The British Architect, 26th July 1912.




Ground plan published in The British Architect, 26th July 1912.



South elevation published in The British Architect, 26th July 1912.



Text published in The British Architect, 26th July 1912, p.60.

Drawings Courtesy of RIBA Drawings Collection.



Present Ground Floor,
plan courtesy of



Present First and Upper Floors,
 plan courtesy of



Description on Historic England


SS84NW OARE CP LILLYCOMBE 2/36 Lillycombe House and retaining wall to terrace - GV II House. 1912, south front altered mid C20. Designed by Lady Lovelace, assisted by C F A Voysey. Roughcast over rubble, hipped West Somerset slate roofs, slight bell-cast, overhanging eaves, bargeboard to gabled bays, large square roughcast stack right, tall octagonal roughcast stack rising from eaves left. L-plan. Two storeys, asymmetrical 4-bay south front, cambered lintels to many paned casements, gabled projecting bays first and third left flanking hipped roof dormer, 2-light casement to right, ground floor caseaents flanking single storey hipped roof garden room, 1:4:1 lights set on retaining wall of terrace, 2 casements to right. Pevsner describes a "handsome south verandah on stone pillars" as 'unmistakably' the work of Voysey so it may be assumed that the sun room has been completed since 1958. Entrance on north front via gabled wing, unusual in that the gable end wall and returns are higher than the roof level behind but slated for about one metre to conceal this design fault. Interior: disappointing, apart from stick stair rising in entrance hall and one or two Voysey designed ventilation grills the house lacks contemporary fittings. Forms part of good group with buildings to east. It is assured from the awkwardness of the entrance facade gable that Voysey was called in quite late to assist Lady Lovelace with her designs. (Brandon Jones et al, CFA Voysey, 1978; Pevsner, Buildings of England, South and West Somerset, 1958).



Description on Images of England


SS84NW OARE CP LILLYCOMBE 2/35 Lillycombe Bungalow - GV II Shown on OS map as Lillycombe Cottage. Cottage. 1912. Probably by C F A Voysey for Lady Lovelace. Roughcast over rubble, central steeply pitched pyramid roof with parallel hipped cross wings, overhanging eaves with sprockets, graduated West Somerset slates, large central roughcast stack. Centralized plan, parallel ranges. Arts and Crafts style. Single storey south front, 1:2:1 bays, plank door left, two 3 and 2-light many paned casements right. Fores part of a good group with Stable Cottage (qv) and Lillycoobe House (qv) to the west. This is said to be one of a group of 6 bungalows that Voysey designed for Lady Lovelace.




Description on Images of England


SS84NW OARE CP LILLYCOMBE 2/37 Stable Cottage, and wall abutting to west - GV II Cottage. 1912. By Lady Lovelace and C F A Voysey. Roughcast over rubble hipped slate roof, graduated West Somerset slate, overhanging eaves, sprockets, large roughcast stack. Plan: probably 2-cell, aid C20 stables abutting to north (not included), wall links Lillycombe House (qv) to east and is flanked by Lillycombe Bungalow (qv) to west. Arts and Crafts style. One and a half storeys, south front hipped roof, 2-light dormer rising from eaves, ground floor cambered head lintel to 2-light many paned casement left, semi-circular headed many paned window right. Long left return onto stable yard, similar 3-light dormer, two 2-light casements with cambered lintels to left of plank door with similar lintel. Wall: red sandstone random rubble, slate coping; about 2.5 m high linking Stable Cottage to Lillycombe House; seai-circular headed doorway to stableyard to north. Forms part of a good group.


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The British Architect,
LXXVIII, 1912, p. 60.

Anne Anderson, 'Work Itself is a Pleasure': Mary, Lady Lovelace, C F A Voysey's pupil,
The Orchard,
Number One, 2012, pp. 43-53.



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