Turner-prize winner opens a real-life doll’s house

Art lovers will soon be able to stay in a holiday home designed by the Turner Prize-winning artist, Grayson Perry

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A House for Essex. Image credit: Jack Hobhouse.

Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry has opened A House for Essex in the village of Wrabness, with its first guests arriving next month.

A creation that art lovers can stay in, it has a scooter hanging from the ceiling instead of a chandelier, Perry’s trademark handmade pots on the walls and an exterior that blends a huge range of style, including elements of Russian, medieval and modern architecture.

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A House for Essex. Image credit: Jack Hobhouse.

Set on a popular stretch of the coast of Essex, Perry’s home county, the new attraction is bound to bring a whole host of fans, curious to stay in the two-bedroom, two-bathroom house. A two weeknight trip costs £850, with three nights over a weekend hitting £1,800 during the summer months.

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A House for Essex. Image credit: Jack Hobhouse.

Overlooking the Stour estuary in the north of the county, A House for Essex’s unconventional form is  inspired by all manner of eccentricities and fairy tales but more specifically, by a woman called Julie. Born in Canvey Island in 1953, she married refinery worker Dave in her youth and had two children by him before an affair ended their marriage. She then wed Rob, who commissioned this ornate house in her memory after she was knocked down and killed by a curry delivery driver in Colchester.

A colourful story concocted for this fictional character, it can be followed throughout the property, which is imaginatively filled with her belongings and treasures, and which is a true testament to Perry’s creativity.

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