Welcome to the home of the Folly Fellowship.

The Folly Fellowship was founded in 1988 as a pressure group to protect, preserve, and promote follies, grottoes & garden buildings. Initially a group of enthusiasts keen to record what was at first seen as a peculiarly British aspect of architecture, it has grown into a serious conservation and consultative architectural heritage charity, while not losing sight of the basic idea that these buildings are fun - they were built for pleasure before purpose. Some make us laugh, some provoke contemplative thoughts, some can frighten. Some are mere whims, others demand to be taken seriously.

People take their pleasures seriously - why should buildings be any different? An early realisation was the international flavour of the genre although the British Isles can count more follies per square mile than any other region, there are examples to be found all over the world. 

In recent years, there has been an increased awareness of the importance of these buildings to our landscapes. Many have been restored and several have been completely rebuilt with local support. Better still, some individuals with imagination and the tenacity to fight the planning process, have begun to build new follies...

 

The FF continues to be interested in follies both old and new, but equally important to us is the fellowship aspect - our outings are excuses to meet with people from all over the country and from all walks of life. When the day is over we continue to chat over a meal and friendships are made. The conversation opener 'what do you do for a living?' is never heard. If you have an interest in follies, the rest is irrelevant.

 

 

 

Hazelle Jackson has started a Facebook page for the discussion of follies. Just search for Folly Fancier and you'll find it. Anyone can join.

 

The Folly Fellowship Ltd.
Company no.2600672
Registered Office: 1 Keble House, Manor Fields, London SW15 3LS
Registered In England
Charity No: 1002646
RSIN number:823773632


 


Your chance to live in a real folly, and this one has already been converted into a comfortable home. It used to belong to the Vivat trust, so you can be sure it's been converted to a high standard. This is Arley Tower in Worcestershire. A bargain at £285,000

Full details here


 


And here's another building of interest - this time a gothic lodge, one of a pair that flank the entrance to Dolforgan House, nr Newtown in Powys. Somewhat ordinary inside, the gothic details are merely painted on - the front windows are rectangular with the arches being pure sham. On the plus side it is only £125,000. Details here

Coming down in price to a mere £10,000 this delightful teapot house will unfortunately need a plot of land and a low loader to get it to you from Scotland. Details here

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Last updated 31/03/13 - Trips to Swanage and Herefordshire now bookable. Holidays and 'Build your own folly' updates.