A home that Hatchard-Smith built: Lavender House

Lavender House, one of no less than 50 houses in Budleigh Salterton designed by Hatchard-Smith  

Instantly recognisable with their red and white decoration and their front doors set within brick arches, the houses built by architect William Hatchard-Smith (1887-1987) are still sought after and appreciated by their owners for their elegance and comfort, their sturdy construction and their attention to practical detail.

Plans for one of the houses designed by Hatchard-Smith

Lavender House, on Moorlands Road, is a four-bedroomed detached family residence built by Hatchard-Smith in the late 1920s when it was originally named Lavenderhay.  Set within what are described as beautifully landscaped gardens of approximately an acre it has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment programme while retaining much of the original charm and character.

The stained glass memorial in Budleigh Salterton's St Peter's Church dedicated to Col Hatchard-Smith and his wife

Colonel William Hatchard-Smith will be long remembered in Budleigh not just for the fifty private residences that he built in the town between the two World Wars but also for the hospitality that he and his wife Margaret offered to some 1,500 overseas servicemen and Rhodes scholars at their home Watch Hill on Cricketfield Lane.


Col Hatchard-Smith celebrates his 100th birthday with, left, Mr Waddington, Manager of Lloyd's Bank, paying tribute to the bank's oldest client. Mrs Eileen Brookes, Chairman of Budleigh Salterton Town Council, presented flowers from the Town Council.

An album of plans of the many buildings that he designed was presented to  Fairlynch Museum in 1989 and this has been supplemented over the years with additional material. The result is a valuable archive of an important aspect of Budleigh's architectural heritage.

Lavender House is being marketed by Bradleys with a guide price of £1,100,000. For more details see http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-34629553.html

The following houses in Budleigh were built by Hatchard-Smith, listed with their original names:

Before 1923
Wildflowers, 23 East Budleigh Road
Heatherlands, 13 Links Road
Reed Thatch, 6 Vales Road

Heath End, 10 Northview Road
Ben Aros, 10 Lansdowne Road
Heath Cottage, 8 Lansdowne Road
Ridge End, 1 Westfield Close
Lawnside, 11 Westfield Road
Marden, 11A Exmouth Road
Lyonesse, 12 Fore Street Hill
Knotsfield, 9 Coastguard Road
Edzell, 31 Northview Road
Invermay, Knowle Hill
Ash Hayes, 9 Knowle Road
Mayen, 12 Links Road
Bank Head, Knowle Village
Windy Ridge, 6 Upper Stoneborough Lane
Crag Fell, 8 Upper Stoneborough Lane
Yondercott, 7 East Budleigh Road
Ottercombe, 15 Coastguard Road

Upper Westcott, 33-35 Northview Road
Watch Hill, 3 Cricketfield Lane
Lavenderhay, 9 Moorlands Road
Caughley, 10 Upper Stoneborough Lane
Edradynate, 6 East Terrace
Grasslands, 7 Knowle Road
Lace Acre, 1 Boucher Road
Little Garth, Ting Tong
Tahuna, 29 Exmouth Road
Moneens, 11 Moorlands Road
Hedges, 4 & 6 Sherbrook Hill
Kenmure, 18 Copp Hill Lane
Silhari, 10 Moorlands Road
Braemoray, Ting Tong
Round Hill, 11 Knowle Road
White House, 2 Exmouth Road
Down-Along, 96 (check) Granary Lane
Langbrae, 12 Moorlands Road
Documentation is incomplete for:
Gorse Cottage, 15 Northview Road
Grey Gables, 7 Moorlands Road

Nairn, 20 Copp Hill lane
Coppledown, 11 Bedlands Lane
Inner Ting Tong

Half Acre, 19 Copp Hill Lane
Caledon, 5 Westbourne Terrace
Beechcroft, 6 Cliff Terrace

Maylands, 4 Mansfield Terrace
Upper Sherbrook, 13 Sherbrook Hill
Clover Cottage, 3 Moorlands Road
Hillfields, 1 Moorlands Road
Norman Lodge, 22 Copp Hill Lane
Rose Ash, 9 Westfield Road
Little Bridge, 31 Knowle Road
Exton, 23 East Budleigh Road

Many other properties with incomplete documentation are listed in Fairlynch Museum's archives.  


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