Take 5… Homes from different architectural eras


No other nation is quite as nostalgic as us when it comes to period homes. In fact we have a longstanding love affair with them. But, what defines each architectural era? And, what can you buy?

Perhaps it is because we are so fortunate that so many of our streets are lined with properties full of character and history. Each one with a unique nature and charm - from quaint cottages with thatched roofs and exposed wooden beams to grand manors with perfect symmetry and impressive stone columns.

So, what defines each architectural era? And, what can you buy? We’ve picked five for you to explore:



The Tudor dynasty, which was circa 120 years long, spanned three generations of monarchs and brought with it a wave of different architectural styles which we are still fortunate to see today. 

The most distinctly recognisable properties of this era were characterised by half-timbered exteriors, large chimneys and groups of rectangular windows.

You only have to look at Little Malvern Court to see a fine example.


We are fortunate that to find wonderful examples of Georgian architecture in the UK you don’t have to look far.

Edinburgh, Bath and even London all have a wealth of properties inspired by this era of classicism. 

With their clean symmetry, large windows and grand fireplaces, it seems obvious why this period is so enduringly popular.

The Old House is Georgian at its best, with its classical façade and elegance both inside and out: 


No other housing style is such a ubiquitous sight across our towns and cities than Victorian.

During the industrial revolution, populations were rapidly growing in urban areas and more homes were needed as a result to accommodate them.

You only have to look to the capital to see rows of pretty Victorian homes lining many of its streets. One of our favourites is Halford Road in Fulham:

Edwardian homes

Built during the reign of King Edward VII, homes of this period were similar to their Victorian counterparts but typically more spacious by design.

The era marked the start of a period of modernism that followed the First World War.

The population began to spill out of busy cities and towns in search of privacy through larger, leafier plots, which only lent to the rise of suburbia.

In the heart of Norfolk Broads National Park stands an impressive example - Burefield.

New Build

Not everyone swoons at the thought of a home full of history and character.

Period charm certainly isn’t for everyone, and, for those, there’s always the option to buy something new.

In fact, there are so many reasons why new builds are so appealing to home buyers – from the huge range of modern styles and settings to lower maintenance costs and better energy efficiency.

If you’re tempted, take a look around Elm Lodge in Kent.

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