Brickett is one of the most striking houses in the local area being cared for by only 6 owners since it was built in the late 19th century and we are now looking for the next custodian for this amazing Grade II listed property. Often referred to as ‘The Picture House’, Brickett was built during the 1880s by the architect Frederick Wallen. The Arts and Crafts style building replaced an existing cottage on the site in the centre of the hamlet of old Bricket Wood. Constructed from traditional materials it also incorporated innovative new building materials including concrete bands and large terracotta panels.
The decorative scenes on the front and sides of the house depict a variety of different sports. The house was designed by Wallen as a summer retreat from his London home. In the City he was involved with a home for destitute boys and encouraged them to visit Brickett to learn about country pastimes and play sport in the area around the house.
It is thought that the flint panels below the first floor jetty were the result of the collection of flint by the boys as they returned to the house after Sunday School.
After a fire in the early 1950s the building was extensively reconstructed to form two semi detached houses whilst retaining the style of a lovely country home.
The original front doors lead into a hallway with mosaic floor and cloakroom. To the front of the house are two reception rooms with high ceilings and original Arts and Crafts style windows. The dining hall leads through to the kitchen with doors to the side garden. Upstairs two of the the three double bedrooms are served by a family bathroom with the main bedroom with en-suite overlooking the woods beyond.
The gardens surround the house on three sides with direct access onto the lane leading directly into the woods which surround the hamlet.