Cue Card Sample

Describe a beautiful house you have seen - Cue Card # 659

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a beautiful house you have seen or been to.

You should say:

  • where it was located
  • how it looked like
  • when you went there and why

and explain why you think this was a beautiful house.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer:

I only went there once, and it was a long time ago, but it made such an impression on me that I feel I can still visualise it really well. I went there to meet a writer, who is my cousin's brother-in-law. I am talking about a house that this writer owns where I have been to a few years ago only to find out an amazing house. I’m going to try and explain who the property belonged to, where it was, what it looked like inside and try and explain what it was that made such a strong impression on me.

The person who owns the property is a relative of my cousin Marrie and a writer by profession. So in a sense, he was my relative as well and I went there to record an interview with this writer.

It was in a remote area in Ireland. I interrupted my coach trip up the East Coast of Irland to get off at this remote town in far North Ireland. It wasn’t a usual tourist drop-off point, and I think I may even have had to request that the driver made a special stop at the settlement just for me. I stuck out like a sore thumb. I made my way to the only accommodation available, a sort of cheap motel.

I hired a tour guide, and I had no idea what to expect but clambered into the truck, and off we went, bouncing down rutted tracks, deeper and deeper into the village. I was a bit apprehensive about doing this.

I sat and joined the guide and heard different local stories on our journey to the house. We reached there after three hours or so, and I was amazed when I looked at a palace type house there. It was like a movie, not reality. It was extraordinary. The house was in the middle of a large area and I have never seen anything like this, or perhaps may have read in novels.

The house had a shell of interior walls that essentially served as a viewing platform for the dwellers. No phone, no TV, but home all the same. It blew my mind that you could make a home in such a way and in such a place. Also, although you might think the people there would be isolated, clearly not. In the evening more than 10 guests were invited.

Why is this a beautiful house? It is large, close to nature, does not have artificial architecture and offers more meaning to living there than the busy apartments. I absolutely loved it and wish to own one someday.

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