Frinton-on-Sea - In Excess of £850,000

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The Round House, Frinton-on-Sea

  • The Round House is a truly inspirational masterpiece of conceptual Modern Movement architecture designed by Oliver Hill
  • The principal designer commissioned by the Frinton Park Estate c1930s and boasting a Grade II listing in recognition of it significance
  • Stunning views through ribbon windows and full 360° rooftop scenes plus a unique mosaic of the proposed Frinton Park Estate by Clifford Ellis
  • Front moat with bridges across to the front verandah ideal for both summer and winter alfresco living with outdoor heating
  • Exquisitely curvy exterior and interiors with soft pastel tones seductively appealing to the senses and emotions
  • Subtropical garden perfect for entertaining, stylish and reminiscent of South Beach Miami in the 1930s with the hot tub, wood burner and potential for outside cooking
  • Three bedrooms, three reception rooms, reception hallway, en-suite bath/shower, two shower rooms, store rooms, a detached double garage and driveway parking
  • Esteemed and beautiful location with miles of sandy beaches, the Greensward, and iconic Connaught Avenue with boutique shops and restaurants 
  • Plus cricket, golf, and lawn tennis clubs, and for the thespian Frinton Summer Theatre, and lovely scenic walks
  • Frinton train station to London for an evening’s entertainment or for work, via Stratford International in 1 hour 22 minutes, or for services direct to London Liverpool Street

The Round House is a truly inspirational masterpiece of conceptual Modern Movement architecture designed by Oliver Hill – the principal designer commissioned by the Frinton Park Estate c1930s, and in recognition of its significance boasts a Grade II English Heritage listing. Unique mosaic of the proposed development and stunning views through ribbon windows and full 360° rooftop scenes. Simply amazing!! 


Oliver Hill could be described as an architect full of enthusiasm with little regard for convention and this is how he became an early advocate of “White” modernism with sleek Art Deco interiors, playing with colours and textures as well as geometry.

The present owners shared this passion for the ever evolving Modern Movement and made it their mission to not only “renovate” but craft a unique master piece. They succeeded in respecting Oliver Hill’s vision while exploring their own imaginations with the very essence and spirit of Modernism. Often wrongly described as an “Art Deco” property, however the “Art Decoratif” is certainly a strong influence upon the choice of furniture and other internal decorations.


The Round House is appropriately named as it is designed and shaped with smooth harmonious curved lines everywhere your eyes may see. Light is ever present in each room thanks to wide bespoke made Crittall windows and soft colours caressing along all internal walls.

The views from the house can only described as exquisite, “night and day”. Witnessing the sunrise over the sea from the comfort of the rounded bed or chilling out in your hot tub in the rear outside space admiring the sunset, while listening to Cole Porter, it is pure bliss.  The outside space is indeed perfect for entertaining, stylish and reminiscent of South Beach Miami in the 1930s with the hot Tub, wood burner and potential for outside cooking, all designed to be easily managed.

Should you wish to sit closer to the stars at night or sunbathe during the day, one can access the flat circular roof from fixed ladders hidden away from sight at the rear of the building, the view across the Sunshine Coast beach is breathtaking!

A moat sits to the front of the house with bridges reaching across to the front veranda, an ideal setting for Alfresco dining during summer or Winter alike with outdoor heating.

The front veranda is striking not only with the delightful curved architecture but with its unique mosaic floor designed by Clifford Ellis and produced in 1932 by Poole Pottery.  This pre-existed the construction of the Round House, originally intended to be the Estate information bureau for the grand project of Frinton Park estate c1930s.

Tastefully furnished with pieces by Corbusier, Eileen Grey and many other period designers, the interior is a graceful example on harmonising the decorative art and the Modern Movement architecture. Each room manages to showcase a unique identity while embracing the overall essence almost spiritualistic of this wonderful art piece of history. The decorative element is almost never absent from the visual art and architecture while the soft contrast of colours alternate between  foreground and background, at times seeking to become the primary visual pleasure…This harmony is not limited from the visual interaction within the architecture and the decorative arts but playfully capture the external light from any equidistant source as an ever changing communion between in and out.

The Round House appeals to the senses and emotions and these are the feelings experienced when one has the privilege to be invited to a party there…

Do you wish to be the next guardian of this unique historic Grade II listed Modern Movement home?

Contact Florent from Home Domus in Frinton-on-Sea for a relaxed private appointment

Property Information
  • Price: In Excess of £850,000
  • Location: Frinton-on-Sea
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Reception Rooms: 1
  • Study: 1
  • Kitchens: 1
  • Ensuite: 1
  • Garages: 1
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Out and about…

Frinton-on-Sea was first referenced in the Doomsday book of 1086, appearing as “Frientuna”. Until late Victorian times Frinton was just a church, several farms and a few cottages. It was then developed as a fashionable seaside resort, attracting visitors from high society, such as the Prince of Wales who frequented the golf club and Churchill who rented a house. No wonder Frinton-on-Sea feels a bit like a Chelsea by the sea as Connaught Avenue, named after the Duke of Connaught, was quickly known and appreciated as the Bond Street of East Anglia. With its air of serenity and communal pride, the town’s genteel nature continues to prevail “inside the gates” today. Even the Tennis Club feels like a mini Wimbledon with the so many manicured grass courts, in fact it was world famous during Edwardian England as next to Wimbledon, Frinton was regarded as the major venue on the tennis calendar and a social standing on par with Henley and Ascot. Maybe you are rightly drawn to the wonderful sandy beaches and the long walks offered along this sunny Esplanade or should you wish to explore the water sports, Frinton-on-Sea has it all!

The local high street has a gentile quality and traditional quality: Butchers shops, fishmongers, bakers, greengrocers, a newsagent where people remember your name!

Do no miss the evening entertainments at the fabulous Frinton summer theatre where the productions are attracting raving national reviews.

Frinton-on-Sea is indeed the pearl of Essex and managed to retain a timeless atmosphere of tranquility which makes it a happy place to live everyday or just as a weekend retreat.


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