21 Mar 2011
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director

Following on from Nicky’s post…I have a long and tender relationship with Strawberry Hill, I knew if before its restoration and have attended masked balls there etc.  It really gets under you skin. There is another side to it’s charm, which is the little gothic follies and chocolate boxes that are dotted all over England.  Early readers of our blog may remember a certain teensy pink one that got away from me, which I have still not recovered from…

folly from Radnor House (bombed) which Horace called 'Mabland'

Should you find yourself headed Twickenham way, very close to Strawberry Hill there used to stand Radnor House (bombed in the war) to which these two follies belong. Horace used to refer to it as ‘Mabland’.

the remains of Radnor House

Poor little folly! Not being too well looked after but I imagine more than a few teenage dalliances have taken place here – sort of wonderful place for a first kiss.

On your way, if you take the 316, you’ll pass several suburban districts and on your right see this idiosyncratic charmer.  Quite sweet no?

Greenbank house in Liverpool is basically a coral pink box but (landscaping aside – oh dear!) the ironwork confection is delicious.

Shobdon Church is the next World Monuments Fund Britain project and sports SUCH a pretty gothic interior – it’s on my ‘must visit’ list.


I just found this on google but why aren’t we doing more gothic cottages??  


And this interior of a house in Phoenix Arizona may make you go yuck, but with an open mind lets just admit that the floor is terrific (I think it’s the strangely wide grout!), the shade of verdant green is right up my alley, and those gothic windows are my idea of heaven.  I have used this shape a lot in fact, including my own house!

6 Responses to “Hot on the heels of Strawberry ‘Gothic’…”

  1. I agree, why aren’t we building more Gothic style structures? There is a trend in Toronto to design and build these mock, faux french-ish (heavy on the ish) homes in the city. There are so many beautiful examples of gothic structures here in Canada that I find it remarkable no one is trying to build something inspired by them. My own home is an 1860′s Gothic cottage in Chester, Nova scotia that was purchased primarily because I fell in love with all of its wonderful detailing. Cheers to you for identifying an overdue lack of appreciation for this architectural style.

  2. poor little folly! & a darling little pink box. would love to see strawberry hill. pgt

  3. I may be wrong, but the correct term for this period is “Gothick” with a K

  4. avatar Colette says:

    PM – how sweet to see you here! Are you in Nova Scotia?? Love it there.

    SF – of course you are correct – Molly who sets these blogs for me must have spell checked the K away!! Americans also use the terms ‘carpenters gothic’ and ‘steamboat gothic’ you probably know but i think they’re all chaaaarming.

    thanks for the comments! c

  5. avatar Ree says:

    Yes…I think it’s “Gothick” with a “k”…or maybe it’s the circles I move in…I’d love Greenbank house…Full sized or as a doll’s house…Great Blog…

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