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Glebe Court

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Uploaded: 4th May 2018 at 5:54 PM
Updated: 5th May 2018 at 8:04 PM

While it is understood that the site once contained a house and outbuildings dating back to the Tudor era, the present building, which draws its name from the predecessor, was first built in 1936 as a flamboyant Art Deco home comprising of a central block with a tower and a pair of symmetrical flanking wings, all of which was constructed from blocks of local stone. Its owner at the time, Harold March, a local businessman, commisioned it with all the bells and whistles one might expect from a home of that style to replace the earlier Tudor house which had once been his wife's childhood home. Once completed it stood proudly, if a little at odds with its neighbours, at the edge of a quiet Surrey village, just a stone's throw from London. It quickly became the rural retreat and home of the Marchs' extravagant parties, until a fire gutted it in 1941. In the grips of WW2 the rationing and lack of local labour made rebuilding the property far more trouble than it was worth. The gardens soon engulfed the ruins and trees grew up shielding it from the outside world until Harold's widow sold it on in 1947. It was then bought by a wealthy young bohemian couple, Reginald and Delilah Black, looking for a weekend retreat and escape from the trivialities of the city. They immediately commissioned one of their friends/lovers to draft up plans for a "thoroughly modern home to accommodate their thoroughly modern lives". Reginald and Delilah were both known for sharing a long line of lovers, both individually and shared, they wanted their new home to reflect the openness of their enduring relationship and to be utterly scandalous and really give the locals something to talk about.

The renovations took many years to start and complete, they transformed the style of the house quite dramatically with an Art Moderne influence to the new wings which were added onto the central block of the Art Deco house which they decided to keep and incorporate into their design. During this process the trees shielding the house from the road were left standing until its completion, at which point the majority of the trees between the house and the road were felled to reveal to the unassuming locals what had finally landed in their quiet village.

With this creation I decided to really experiment creating something very modern, initially I was going to do something from the 21st century, but then I settled on Eltham Palace and St. Anne's Court as my points of inspiration and so I knew I had to do something inkeeping with their era instead. Admittedly the styling of the bedrooms and some of the other decorative elements aren't very representative of the era, but in those cases I was looking to inject a bit more colour and experiment with pieces I don't normally have use for.

Lot Info:
The lot is built on a 60 by 60 lot costing 412,048 Simoleons furnished and 226,680 Simoleons unfurnished.
A version of the lot has also been playtested with no errors or issues found, but if you do find any whilst playing then let me know.

I hope you will all enjoy this rather experimental creation, I think I may have to revisit the style and produce something much closer to my inspiration point of Eltham Palace.
As usual, any issues, let me know, otherwise, enjoy!

Lot Size: 60x60
Lot Price (furnished): 412,048 Simoleons
Lot Price (unfurnished): 226,680 Simoleons

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