A surprising addition to the National Trust’s collection of historic houses, this small modernist building was designed by Hungarian-born architect Ernö Goldfinger and has remained unchanged since 1939. The house was made to be flexible, with ingenious movable partitions and folding doors. Home to the architect and his wife until their deaths, it contains a fine, idiosyncratic collection of art by the likes of Max Ernst and Henry Moore. Goldfinger also designed Notting Hill’s Trellick Tower. Ian Fleming despised the architect and named a James Bond villain after Goldfinger.