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A House For Essex

Picture credit: Jack Hobson

Picture credit: Jack Hobson

It is only a year since Grayson Perry’s eccentric masterpiece A House for Essex has opened its doors to privileged guests, but demand has proven so high that rooms can only be booked by ballot.

The holiday home, overlooking the Stour estuary in the north of the country, is described by Perry to be inspired by follies, eccentric homes, shrines and fairy tales. Plans for the property were developed with the architect firm FAT, who have now disbanded; A House for Essex being their final project.

Picture credit: Jack Hobhouse

Picture credit: Jack Hobhouse

The exciting news is that the ballot for this year is now open. Stays in July and August are available for lucky patrons who secure themselves a night in the two-bedroom property, and for those who aren’t fortunate enough to stay, Perry has designed a range of exclusive products such as a bag, tea towel, cushions and plates for those who wish to immerse themselves in folly in the comfort of their own homes.

Picture credit: Channel 4

Picture credit: Channel 4

If you have not already seen it, Channel 4’s documentary Grayson Perry’s Dream House offers a closer look into the fascinating story behind the beautiful piece of modern architecture as well as an introduction to the Turner-prize winning artist himself. And if you’re not able to make it to A House for Essex, The Balancing Barn (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/travel/7824/something-special-suffolks-unhinged-holiday-home.html), Life House in Wales (http://www.living-architecture.co.uk/the-houses/LifeHouse/overview/) or, perhaps the most exclusive, A Room for London (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/travel/21621/the-most-exclusive-hotel-room-in-london.html) offer similarly spectacular experiences for those wishing for a slightly more edgy side to their luxurious weekend breaks.

Picture credit: Living Architecture

Picture credit: Living Architecture

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