‘The best of the bunch’ is how the eminent 20th Century British architect Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens (1869-1944) described his creation of Little Thakeham. For with Little Thakeham he had designed a Country Life dream. An old mellow, romantic Elizabethan manor house nestling on the edge of the South Downs, surrounded by enchanting, landscaped gardens, and with delightful views.

For its beauty and simplicity, the house featured consistently in Country Life and other magazines, and in many books written about the life and times and achievements of Lutyens, recognised as one of Britain’s leading architects. It is without doubt acknowledged to be one of the best examples of Lutyens phenomenal work, and not just of significant architectural importance, but is truly a work of art.

An extract from the Channel 4 Time Team Special on Lutyens.