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The incredible story of Talliston House & Gardens is now being immortalised in the owner's new fantasy novel.
By Joseph Dexter
Mar 12, 2019
Founded by author John Trevillian in 1990, Talliston House and Gardens is unique to say the least.
It may not look particularly extravagant from the outside, despite the large stones at the front of the house guarding the entrance, but it's what is inside that is truly amazing.
After 25 years and £1million later the house in Great Dunmow, Essex was finished in October 2015. Talliston House has since appeared on Netflix's Amazing Interiors and now the tale is being brought to life in the form of a fantasy novel, written by the owner under the pen name John Tarrow.
Set to be released on 11th July 2019 The Stranger's Guide To Talliston is split into thirteen chapters, the story follows a boy who comes across a deserted council house and becomes trapped within a magical labyrinth in a journey to solve the mystery of his missing parents.
Being the obvious inspiration for the book the original, ordinary council house in Essex was transformed into a marvel of interior design thanks to the owner and author, John Trevillian taking on the challenge to create something spectacular.
John Trevillian was not only the creator and project lead at Talliston House and Gardens but also lives there and said: “Talliston is designed as a place where time has no power, akin to stepping inside a living, breathing work of art. It is a massive enterprise, and proves that beauty and magic can be found even in the most ordinary of places."
The house has not only been eternally immortalised in the form of a novel but also appears on Netflix's popular show, Amazing Interiors.
With out of this world interior design it may come as no surprise that Talliston House and Gardens was recognised as having spectacular interior design.
Somewhere between art and interior design Talliston has 13 separate locations and entirely separate designs.
The three-bedroomed semi-detached ex-council house keeps the original room layouts but with extraordinary, fantasy designs.
With a strong link to the environment ivy and plants adorn much of the house with a story to each room. With over 1,800 antiques and objects around Talliston House and Gardens you can be sure to find something new and interesting with each visit and look.
Talliston House and Garden's creator, John Trevillian is an English poet, award-winning author of three novels and shaman.
His upcoming novel sees thirten-year-old Joe on a wild adventure when he discovers and enters a deserted council house and becomes trapped within a labyrinth that protects the last magical places on Earth.
Hunted by foes Joe delves deeper into the labyrinth and the mystery of finding his missing parents whilst discovering a book charting this mysterious land as he searches each of the thirteen doors leading to a different realm.
Each of the thirteen rooms in Talliston House and Gardens is modelled after a very unique setting, with the front garden based on The Old Rectory, an Essex Gothic Revival cottage and vegetable gardens in 1852.
Inspiration is drawn from all over the world with the Voodoo Kitchen (above) based on a 1950's maid's kitchen in New Orleans and the Cabin (below) designed after the Wisakedjak Lodge in Saskatchewan, Canada in 1948.
Under the name John Tarrow, the upcoming novel The Stranger's Guide To Talliston is due to be released on 11th July 2019 and will be available at all good book shops and online including Amazon and Waterstones.