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A House for EssexWrabness, England

Anything designed by Grayson Perry is sure to have more than a touch of the kooky about it, and this holiday house, inspired by fairy tales, shrines and baroque architecture, is no exception. Perry, in conjunction with architectural firm FAT, created the two-bedroom home based on a character called Julie, for whom he produced an entire backstory.

It’s just one of a number of homes in a series by Living Architecture, an organisation that aims to increase appreciation of architecture by offering immaculately designed properties at reasonable rates. We love everything about it, from the ceramic green and while tiles (depicting safety pins, cassettes and hearts) covering the exterior to the Lego-like kitchen.


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A House for Essex sits on the bank of the river Stour, at the edge of the village Wrabness in North Essex, England. The village has a train station so you don’t need a car to get there.

  • Two double bedrooms
  • Well-equipped kitchen with everything you could possibly need for a feast
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Library of books and CDs (all Julie’s picks, of course)
  • Television and DVD player
  • Wi-fi
  • Fire
  • Underfloor heating

From about US$1000 for two nights, for up to four guests.

Okay, so once you’re booked in it’s smooth sailing, but actually getting a reservation is another matter. You need to sign up for a ballot, then hope that you’re among the chosen.

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