The Teulon Cottage

In a quiet enclosure behind the playground is a red-brick cottage manifesting a medley of architectural styles, indeed almost amounting to an architectural joke. Roughly cruciform in plan, it has baroque gables, decorative brickwork and mullioned windows with stone frames adorned with gargoyle faces of men and animals.

This is the Teulon Cottage, designed by Samuel Sanders Teulon. Built in 1847 as a lodge house for an estate worker on the Calthorpe Estate, it was brought within the Gardens in 1930. With its decorative brickwork, mullioned windows and gargoyle faces, this romantic little house really belongs in a fairy story, but provides a wonderfully inspiring and secluded educational space.