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These properties have all earned their place in this category by virtue of a certain claim to fame such as being previously owned by a famous person. Maybe they were featured in a TV programme. Perhaps the architect involved in their creation makes them worthy of their place. Or they may have a more sinister past, that may have some of you running for the hills.

Hollywood glamour in Welwyn Garden City
5th May 2014
bungalow once owned by Alesha Dixon for sale
Rosewood, Canonsfield, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL6 0QB
Guide price £1,150,000
Bungalow That Was Owned By Alesha Dixon
Enjoy a little Hollywood glamour in this glamorous, three bedroom bungalow in Welwyn Garden City, once owned by Alesha Dixon. Luxurious, colourful and stylish, it comes complete with a 26 ft dressing room, sunken bath, home spa with gym and steam room - prefect for any celebrity (or wannabe celeb!). The accommodation is spacious and the house could easily be split into two self contained units if required, as there are two kitchens. Outside, the gardens have been landscaped with extensive decked terraces, featuring outside heaters and mood lighting, and a sunken seating area with central fire pit. And it's great for dogs too as there is also a dog run. more

A Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed property
28th April 2014
unique art deco property for sale
The Artists Cottage, Farr, Inverness, Inverness-shire, IV2 6XB
Offers over £595,000
Charles Rennie Mackintosh Designed House
Designed by Scottish Arts and Crafts architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1900 but never built, plans and elevations for "The Artist's Cottage" were found in the Hunterian Art Gallery in Glasgow. From this original material the working drawings for this project, completed in 1992, were produced. The result is a beautifully crafted, well executed Art Deco property built with a dedicated attention to detail, both inside and outside which takes full advantage of modern building methods and materials. The property comprises of a house, artist's studio and cottage built around a courtyard. This expertly crafted property is in an attractive setting 12 miles south of Inverness and would make a great home for any Mackintosh fan looking for flexible and extensive accommodation. more

Great train robber's house
2nd of September 2013
house of Great Train robber for sale
Spring Cottage, St. Keverne, near Penzance, Cornwall, TR12
Price £500,000

Great Train Robbers House

Picture box perfect and far from the madding crowds, this thatched cottage is tucked deep in the Cornish countryside . . . and that's probably part of the appeal it held for former owner and ex Great Train robber, Brian Field. As the "fixer" of the robbery, he was sentenced to 25 years in jail but on appeal, was released after 5 years and changed his identity to settle down anonymously with his ill-gotten gains. The three / four bedroom house is beautifully presented with feature beams and an inglenook fireplace in the living room. Set in a quarter of an acre of mature landscaped gardens, it's a peaceful retreat for any modern day pirate of Penzance. more

The house where Christopher Robin used to play
17th June 2013
listed house with literary and rock connection for sale
Crotchford Farm, Cotchford Lane, Hartfield, East Sussex, TN7 4DN
Guide price £2,000,000

AA Milne's House
Grade II listed Crotchford Farm is a delightful 16th century farmhouse nestled in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of Hartfield village and has not one but two claims to fame. It was once the home of children’s author A.A Milne (the property formed the backdrop of the tales of his son Christopher Robin, Pooh bear and all his friends) and it was also once owned by Rolling Stone, Brian Jones who lived here until his death in 1969. Inside this six bedroomed house is full of character with an abundance of exposed timbers and beams. Outside, it's set in ten acres of grounds with mature, landscaped gardens, a heated swimming pool and a number of outbuildings and there's plenty evidence of the world famous children classic stories. There's a sundial with all of the Pooh characters, a lovely statue of Christopher Robin and if you follow the stream that runs along the southern wooded boundary you'll find 'Pooh Sticks Bridge' - perfect for anyone interested in recreating the idyllic pooh sticks pastime. more

A theatre that played host to the Beatles
8th of April 2013
theatre for sale
Red Shoe Theatre, 4-6 South College Street, Elgin, Moray, IV30 1EP
Guide price £80,000+

Elgin Theatre Where Beatles Played
The former Red Shoes Theatre in the centre of Elgin has had an illustrious past, having hosting the likes of the Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd and is now looking for a new owner to take it forward to potentially an even better future! This substantial building has approximately 4790 square feet of floor space arranged over two floors. The main theatre and stage are on the ground floor along with an office, reception, toilets and store. On the first floor is a spacious cafe, a kitchen, a meeting room, a technical room, a music room, rehearsal room, studio, staff room and four store rooms. It's in a great location, in the heart of the thriving Highlands city of Elgin and would be ideal for continued use as a theatre and music venue. It could also be adapted to a wide range of commercial uses, subject to planning approval and necessary consents. more

The house in which JK Rowling wrote many of the Harry Potter books
5th of November 2012
sandstone villa for sale
1 Abbotsford Park, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH10 5DX
Offers over £2,250,000
JK Rowlings Former House For Sale
The eight bedroom Edinburgh home where the multimillionaire author, JK Rowling wrote many of the Harry Potter books is on the market. She and her family lived here until 2009, redesigning and extending the house using the very best in modern fixtures and fittings to complement the retained Victorian period features. Within the landscaped, walled garden, is a detached split level office - if you're a writer in need of inspiration, being seated in the very room where many of the books were created, may help you to write a blockbuster novel too. Rowling’s former home also boasts an extensive security system and electronic gates. Ideal for keeping out snooping muggles, deatheaters . . . and die hard Harry Potter fans. more

A manor house with a royal pedigree and film shoot connections
15th of October 2012
manor house for sale
The Manor House, Park Road, Stoke Poges, Slough, Buckinghamshire SL2
Guide price £13,500,000

Manor House Used In Film Shoots
As claim to fame houses go, this one is a corker. Mentioned in the Domesday Book, it's welcomed royalty - Charles I (on the way to his execution) and Queen Elizabeth have both stayed here. It was owned by Thomas Penn, whose father helped establish the US state of Pennsylvania and painter Edward Landseer at one point rented an apartment within the estate. In more recent years it has become a regular location for film shoots including a couple of Bond films (most famously the 1964 Bond movie Goldfinger), Bridget Jones's Diary and Layer Cake. Recently refurbished to an extraordinarily high standard, the estate includes the seven-bedroom Mansion House, three bedroom West Lodge, two-bedroom East Lodge, pool house, stable block, one-bedroom cottage and garaging plus ten acres of grounds set within a Capability Brown landscaped park. more

Imagine living in John Lennon's former home
3rd of September 2012
John Lennon's former home for sale
Kenwood, Wood Lane, St George's Hill, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13
Guide price £15,000,000

John Lennons Former House
Kenwood is named after a famous former owner (Ken Wood, owner of the well-known food mixer Company), but it's best known occupant was the legendary Beatle, John Lennon, who lived in the house with former wife Cynthia from 1964 until their divorce in 1968. Although this three storey, six bedroom property has been substantially renovated since Lennon lived in it, some of the changes he made are still in evidence. Kenwood is set in about 1.5 acres of beautiful gardens within the renowned St George’s Hill Estate and boasts secondary accommodation and an indoor swimming pool complex offering a heated pool, sauna, shower and changing facilities. I'm just a jealous guy! more

A Scottish island fit for a king
23rd July 2012
island for sale
Eilean Righ, Loch Craignish, Ardfern, Argyll & Bute, PA1
Offers in excess of £3,000,000

Eilean Righ Island For Sale
Once the home of Sir Reginald Johnston, the retired tutor to the last Chinese Emperor, Puyi (The Last Emperor) Eilean Righ is approximately 240 acres of beautiful Scottish land lying in Loch Craignish in NW Scotland. The name translated from Gaelic means "King's Island" and the island boasts the remains of two Iron Age forts. The latest owner, a London-based city trader, has completely refurbished both the infrastructure and two houses (a converted four bedroom steading with planning permission to extend and a three bedroom farmhouse set around a central courtyard) to the highest standard. There's stunning scenery, private beaches and sea fishing galore - a real getaway from urban life. Despite it being private and sheltered it is within one of the most accessible coastal locations in Scotland - it's a mere 300m off the Argyll coastline and there are two slips ways and a jetty. For jet setters, there's a helicopter hanger of approx 500 sqm. It even has mains electricty and high speed broadband. more

Go back to black in Amy Winehouse's former home
18th June 2012
house owned by Amy Winehouse for sale
30 Camden Square, Camden, London, NW1 9XA
Guide price £2,699,950

Amy Winehouse Former Home For Sale
The opportunity has arisen to become the owner of the semi detached house in Camden, London, owned by Amy Winehouse from 2010 until her untimely death there in 2011. The property had only changed hands once in 40 years, so underwent a major structural and cosmetic refurbishment when she bought it. Many original features have been retained with modern upgrades including new electrical and heating systems, integrated sound system, CCTV and magnetically secured front gate. Back to Black featured in her interior design with many of the rooms in the 2,500 sq ft property having a black and white theme. Spread over four floors, there's a gymnasium with patio doors onto the rear garden, family room, utility room, kitchen, living room and three bedrooms (including the luxurious master bedroom with en suite and dressing room on the top floor). With private gardens to the rear and views onto the square at the front, this would be a great pad for any potential rock star and a must have for any Winehouse fan - if only those walls could talk! more

A pole position manor house that would top any winners podium
7th May 2012
manor house with Nigel Mansell connection for sale
Merehaven Manor, Woodbury Salterton, Exeter EX4 1PY
Guide price £3,950,000

Manor House In Devon For Sale
You may need to win the Winston Million to afford a unique and beautiful property like Merehaven Manor. Built in 1995 for legendary British racing driver, Nigel Mansell, this seven bedroom luxury home provides comfortable but expansive accommodation for both family living and formal entertaining. Known locally as "Mansell Mansion", it was built to an exacting standard and it's clear to see "the Lion's" international and traditional influences at play in the design. The estate is set in around 58 acres and boasts a gym, sauna, stables, separate annexe and unsurprisingly a triple garage which apparently once held Mansell’s six Ferraris. There's also a five hole golf course, a skittles alley and even a lake on which you can practise your water skiing. Once you've made a pitstop here you'll never want to leave this podium topping pad. more

A Titanic house with fabulous views over the Menai Strait
6th February 2012
manor house with Titanic connection for sale
Bryn Mel Manor, Allt Bryn Mel, Glyngarth, Menai Bridge, LL59 5PF
Guide Price £1,100,000
Manor House In Anglesey For Sale
Built in 1899 as the summer residence of the family of the owners of the White Star line - famous for the Titanic - Bryn Mel Manor is situated in Anglesey, on the west bank of the Menai Strait and has excellent open views over the water with Bangor on the far bank. Since the death of the last family owner, the building was derelict for many years, before being converted into a nursing home. In July 2011 it was announced that the home was to close and the building redeveloped into luxury flats and apartments. Of course, if you're a budding Aristotle Onassis you may need all 39 bedrooms for yourself, but the building does offer great development potential. The building is vacant at the moment and is up for auction offering an excellent opportunity to get your hands on one of the ultimate pieces of Titanic memorabilia. more

A house with a Harry Potter connection - get a first class view to Hogsmeade train station
8th November 2011
farmhouse with Harry Potter connection for sale
Barnet House, Goathland, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22
Guide price £350,000
Harry Potter Railway House For Sale
Goathland train station near Scarborough was made famous in the first Harry Potter film - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as it was used as the fictional station at Hogsmeade. And if a fan of the boy wizard were to buy this property they would be able to look out their window every day and see where all those wizards and witches boarded the Hogwarts Express. Barnet House is a four-bedroom home set opposite the station which comes complete with a slice of train track. Luckily the only trains that chug along it and under the bridge are steam ones making this the ultimate home for a Harry Potter fan who likes train spotting. more

A house with a Dickens of a tale to tell
31st of October 2011
mansion house with Charles Dickens connection for sale
Bowes, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 9HU
Guide price £895,000
Mansion With Charles Dickens Connections For Sale
Bowes Hall is a fine Grade II listed mansion house built during the reign of Elizabeth I and extended in the 17th Century in the late Renaissance style. It's hard to believe looking at Bowes Hall today that it once was a notorious boys' boarding school - there was even a murder at the school. Charles Dickens visited Bowes shortly after the incident and is believed to have used it as inspiration for the abusive boarding school, Dotheboys Hall School featured in one of his most famous novels - Nicholas Nickleby. The house is now far from Dickensian. It has undergone a meticulous programme of restoration, and has five elegant reception rooms, nine bedrooms, beautiful landscaped grounds, a walled garden and a fenced paddock. more

Spend it like Beckham
1st of August 2011
David Beckham's barn conversion for sale
Hollinshead House, Nether Alderley, Cheshire SK10 4TN
Offers in the region of £2,250,000
David Beckhams Barn Conversion For Sale
Hollinshead House is a Grade II listed five bedroom barn conversion which was once owned by David and Victoria Beckham. When they bought it in 2001, the Beckham's undertook a careful and sympathetic renovation of the barn. The property boasts a 35ft long indoor swimming pool so much loved by the Beckham family they even had a window put in their bedroom so they could look down on to it. The couple had solid oak electric gates installed for their privacy and security, creating an idyllic retreat away from prying eyes. So, if you can spend it like Beckham and are in the market for a 2.25 million pound transfer fee, then footballers pads don't come with a better pedigree than this one. more

JK Rowling's childhood home - the inspiration for Harry Potter perhaps
17th July 2011
Grade II listed gothic style cottage for sale
Church Cottage, Coleford Rd, Tutshill, Chepstow, Gloucestershire
Guide price £399,950
JK Rowlings Former House For Sale
Built circa 1852, this detached Grade II listed three bedroom cottage was the family home of JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books. She lived in Church Cottage from the age of 9 until she left home for university at the age of 18 and it's clear she got inspiration from the house to create the multi million pound Harry Potter franchise. While it isn’t quite Hogwarts, the house has a definite gothic enchanted feel about it. And not only did the house leave a mark on JK Rowling, she also left a mark on it - one room has "Joanne Rowling slept here circa 1982" scrawled on the wall. Let's hope Voldemort doesn't come calling! more

A fantasy castle waiting for a lottery millionaire
11th July 2011
Grade I listed castle for sale
Ruperra Castle, Lower Machen, Newport, NP10 8GG
Guide Price £1,500,000
Castle For Sale
Ruperra Castle in Lower Machen in South East Wales is a Grade I listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument. Built in 1626, it has even played host to royalty - King Charles I stayed at Ruperra Castle in 1645. Sadly, its glory days seem a long way off as the castle has been in a derelict state since the Second World War. The property comprises of a Grade I listed castle requiring total renovation, a house requiring modernisation, a substantial stable block and about 14 acres of land (with a further 16 acre option). This could be the ideal property for someone with vision and deep pockets to create an incredible and historical home and to breathe new life into what should be the jewel in the crown of the region. more

A house for an idyllic childhood in a magical setting
27th June 2011
mansion with chapel for sale
Penally Abbey, Penally, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, SA70 7PY
Guide Price £1,500,000
Mansion House With Chapel In Wales
Built on the site of an ancient monastery, believed to date to the 5th century, Penally Abbey is a beautiful limestone mansion boasting 12 bedrooms, an indoor swimming pool and plenty of reception rooms. It is set in five acres of gardens and woodlands and has its own Holy Well and medieval ruined chapel (St Deiniol's) in the garden. Once owned by the Irish whiskey family, Jameson's, it became a country club in the 1950's until the present owners bought it in 1985 which allowed their children to enjoy a magical, idyllic Enid Blyton childhood. When the kids flew the nest, it became a small country house hotel, and has been running as such ever since. more

A 14th century farmhouse with an English country garden
24th November 2010
14th century Grade II listed farm for sale
Mill Place Farm, Vowels Lane, Kingscote, East Grinstead, West Sussex
Price £1,800,000

Mill Place Farm Kent
Set in the secluded Medway Valley, Mill Place was originally settled by the Romans who were there for the iron ore, in fact the cannons from the English civil war came from the foundry on this site. Mill Place Farm consists of the main farmhouse, a coach house, equestrian facilities, fishing lakes and 19 acres of land of permanent pasture and woodland with the River Medway meandering through. The four bedroom farmhouse is Grade II listed and dates from the 14th century. It boasts many original features such as a very fine Elizabethan chimney stack, original carved panelling and doors and even a secret passageway through an old cupboard. All in all, a perfect slice of English history! more

A Richard Harding Watt Italianate style villa
15th November 2010
Grade II Listed Italianate villa for sale
Lake House, Legh Rd, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 8LP
Price £2,350,000

Richard Harding Watt Villa
To quote from Matthew Hyde’s book A Window on Knutsford, "There are no boring rooms in Lake House". And that's because this Grade II listed mansion was created by none other than Richard Harding Watt. A glove merchant by trade, his visits to France and Italy truly inspired him and so he collected many French and Italian architectural features from demolition contractors to use in his own houses. He was passionate about design and detail and worked with architects to create unique buildings which have lent a distinctive and somewhat exotic air to the Cheshire market town of Knutsford. Located on a prestigious road in a conservation area, this huge seven bedroom house, is a feast for the eyes and senses and could fool anyone into thinking they were actually in an Italian town and not just three miles from the M6 motorway. more

The perfect property for those who like messing around on the river
3rd of November 2010
former mill house on the Thames for sale
Sol Mill, Mill Lane, Cookham, Maidenhead, Berkshire
Offers over £2,400,000
Thames Mill House For Sale
Sol Mill occupies a major portion of a former 18th century watermill set on Lulle Brook, a tributary of the River Thames, and has been beautifully renovated and improved to create a bright and modern living space. Owned by musician Chris Rea until 2006, it was used as a recording studio with the likes of Elton John, Bill Wyman, Geoff Beck, George Harrison, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, ELO, Fleetwood Mac, The Pet Shop Boys, The Fall, Texas, Electronic and Chris Rea himself, all being inspired by the tranquil waterside setting. And for those interested in the environment, the flow of water through the two sluices at Sol Mill are sufficient to generate hydroelectricity for all the domestic needs at the property. The perfect spot for any Mole, Mr Toad, Mr Badger or Ratty! more

Life's not a bitch in this historical tower house
24th September 2010
tower house for sale
Bitchfield Tower, Belsay, Northumberland, NE20
Guide price £3,900,000

Historical Tower House For Sale
Bitchfield Tower is a highly impressive and unique country house set within stunning Northumbrian countryside. The tower, a fine example of a Northumberland Pele tower, dates back to Medieval times. The property but has since been wonderfully restored with great care to its current excellent condition. With four reception rooms and nine bedrooms, the house is a Cluedo delight. The three bedroom staff flat, one bedroom gatehouse, offices and outbuildings would make this the ultimate in "working from home" properties. The gardens and grounds of six acres include a championship sized all weather tennis court, a croquet lawn, beautiful walks winding through the mature woodland and a well stocked trout lake. more

Host your very own Gardeners World from the garden at Clacks Farm
10th September 2010
gardners world house for sale
Clacks Farm, Boreley Lane, Ombersley, Worcs, WR9 0HX
Offers in the region of £1,500,000
House Made Famous For Gardners World TV Programme
If you are looking for a house with a famous connection, this is quite possibly the most famous house in North Worcestershire. Clacks Farm was used for many years as the setting for the Gardeners World Show and is a household name known to gardening enthusiasts nationwide. A must for anyone with green fingers . . . living up to its illustrious past will keep you busy. more



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