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Living Architecture - A House for Essex

Whether you’re planning a long weekend with friends and family, midweek break or a special celebration - from private chefs and caterers to tips on where to find the best local walks, great places to eat and drink or the best seasonal events, we’d love to help.

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Last minute availability

We have some last minute stays available :

- Life House, 29 July- 01 August, 3 night weekend stay now £1695, book here

- Long House , 01 - 05 August, 4 night midweek stay now £1995, book here

-Secular Retreat, 04-08 August, 4 night weekend stay now £3990, book here


Last minute Bank Holiday availability

Life House has become available for the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend:

03 to 06 June, book here


A House for Essex Available stays

All dates have now been allocated.

To celebrate the fresh start of 2022, we are pleased to announce that we are releasing some dates at  A House for Essex which will be available to book without the need to enter a ballot.

This house sleeps up to 4 people.

NB this includes a maximum of two children ( 10 years or older) per booking.

The available dates (and the relevant price you will need to pay) are shown below.

Please email us with two or three options for a chance to book your stay. We will allocate dates on a first come, first serve basis. You must confirm the names of any guests at the same time as making full payment.

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2023 booking calendar is now live.


September availability

We have a weekend stay available for this coming month:

- Shingle House, 10-13 September here.


Availability for Bank Holiday and early May

Some stays have become available for the Bank Holiday and early May at:

Long House

- 30 to 03 May

- 07 to 10 May


Temporary closure

In light of the latest Government guidelines, our properties will remain closed until the 12 April  2021.

We would like to remind our guests to abide by the latest recommendations, including guidance regarding who can travel and indoor gatherings - please note one household only is allowed until 17 May 2021.


February 2020 Special Deals

For latest availability:

View special offers


Reading and Thinking Retreat at Life House, Wales

Join other friends of The School of Life and Living Architecture on a long weekend of contemplation, reading and new horizons.

Available dates in 2019 - 

20- 23 September

22- 25 November

Find out more


A House for Essex

Due to high demand, all holidays at A House for Essex are sold via a ballot. Each ballot offers you the chance to purchase a 2- or 3- night stay at A House for Essex, for up to 4 people.

The ballot for A House for Essex has now closed. 

Do sign up to our newsletter for updates on future ballots and other news from Living Architecture. 


2019 Holiday Dates available

  • Balancing Barn, Suffolk, sleeps 8 - see here
  • Dune House, Suffolk, sleeps 9 - see here
  • Long House, Norfolk, sleeps 10 - see here
  • Shingle House, Kent, sleeps 8 - see here
  • Life House, Wales, sleeps 6 - see here


Secular Retreat

2019 dates have sold out - if you are interested in staying at Secular Retreat in the future, please sign up to our newsletter. 


A House for Essex

Due to high demand, all holidays at A House for Essex are sold via a ballot. Each ballot offers you the chance to purchase a 2- or 3- night stay at A House for Essex, for up to 4 people

The latest ballot for A House for Essex is now live, for stays from September to December 2019 - enter here.

Sign up to our newsletter for news of A House for Essex ballots, and other news from Living Architecture. 


The Life House by John Pawson - Financial Times, Sept 2016

"A tour de force of domestic minimalism" - Financial Times, September 2016.

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A Room for London

Please note that A Room for London has now closed.


Grayson Perry´s Dream House

A House for Essex is featured in Channel 4 documentary.

Watch documentary

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