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See inside £2.75 million Walberswick home near Southwold designed by George Val Myer – the architect behind BBC Broadcasting House, in London





A six-bedroom family home designed by the architect behind the BBC Broadcasting House in London is on the market.

Walber House in Leveretts Lane, Walberswick, near Southwold, was designed by renowned English architect George Val Myer, who died in 1959 aged 76.

It is for sale with Savills at a guide price of £2,750,000.

A six-bedroom family home designed by the architect behind the BBC’s Broadcasting House is on the market. Pictures: Savills
A six-bedroom family home designed by the architect behind the BBC’s Broadcasting House is on the market. Pictures: Savills

Myer, who designed the property for his brother Reginald, is best known for designing Broadcasting House in London, the BBC's first purpose-built home for radio broadcasting.

Originally known as Blyth Bank House, the Walberswick property dates from 1906 and has been in the same family for 40 years.

Peter Ogilvie, head of residential sales for Savills in Suffolk, said it was a fine example of a contemporary coastal home.

Walber House is located in Leveretts Lane, Walberswick, near Southwold
Walber House is located in Leveretts Lane, Walberswick, near Southwold

He said: “I have known and loved Walberswick most of my life, with its fabulous beaches, charm and breathtaking scenery, and Walber House has to be one of the most impressive homes I have seen in the village.

“Though requiring some modernisation, the property offers a unique opportunity to fashion a fabulous family home, with the layout of accommodation flowing exceptionally well and comprising wonderfully proportioned light-filled rooms.

“Complemented by beautiful gardens and some spectacular views over the estuary and towards Southwold, it is a fine example of a contemporary home in one of Suffolk’s most sought-after coastal villages.”

The property is on sale with Savills with a guide price of £2,750,000
The property is on sale with Savills with a guide price of £2,750,000

In 2009, the current owners extended the house to create a stylish annexe known as The Workshop.

This impressive ancillary wing includes an open plan kitchen/dining/sitting room with poured concrete work surfaces and bi-folding doors to the garden, two bathrooms, the principal bedroom and a further ground floor study.

Peter said: “The Workshop, with its striking larch-clad elevations and a sedum roof, complements the original building perfectly – taking inspiration from its timber-clad gable end which is a distinctive feature of many Walberswick homes.”

"The property offers a unique opportunity to fashion a fabulous family home"
"The property offers a unique opportunity to fashion a fabulous family home"

Rooms of note at Walber House include a double-aspect reception hall that leads to a triple-aspect sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room and cloakroom, with French windows opening out to a large terrace.

Sitting in grounds of just under one acre, the property also features various outbuildings including a cold store and sauna, while the garden has an array of mature and specimen trees, wildlife ponds and orchard.

Owner Claire Whittenbury said: “Over the last 40 years I’ve been lucky enough to call Walber House my family home. It’s been a privilege.

“The magical thing about it is that it’s in such a private location, nestled in what’s known as the green lung of the village, surrounded by trees and hedges.

“As we approach retirement it’s time for the two of us to hand over Walber House so another family can enjoy living right in the heart of Walberswick, close to the sea and the river, experiencing the beauty of the village all year round.”