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Properties with famous connections

Authors, artists and lords are among the former owners of these nine homes

1

Holly Lodge, Putney, SW18

Holly Lodge, Putney, SW18

London: £2.395m 

This lovely and recently refurbished Grade II property, with an abundance of period features and charm, was awarded the first ever blue plaque south of the river for Mary Ann Evans (known by her pen name George Eliot), who resided and wrote The Mill on the Floss here in 1860. Main suite, 1 further suite, 3 further beds, family bath, large kitchen/breakfast room, 3 receps, study, roof terrace, conservatory/sun room, garden, off-street parking. 

2

North Carlton Hall, North Carlton, Lincoln

North Carlton Hall, North Carlton, Lincoln

Lincolnshire: £1.4m 

“Nortcarltone” is listed in William the Conqueror’s Domesday Book, and from 1303 until the Dissolution the Manor belonged to Barlings Abbey. Henry VIII is said to have stayed there in 1541. 10 beds, 3 baths, 4 receps, swimming pool, tennis court, 15 acres incl. park and woodland. 

3

Pomona House, Parsons Green, SW6

Pomona House, Parsons Green, SW6

London: £825,000 

An artist studio in one of Fulham’s most unusual properties, located in a prime position on New King’s Road. The house was built in late Victorian times and consists of six artist studios. It was where the “Wally Birds” were created by Robert Wallace Martin in the late 19th century. Galleried bed on the mezzanine floor, bath, open-plan kitchen/recep. 

4

22 Newland Street, Witham

22 Newland Street, Witham

Essex: £675,000 

An attractive 16th century property with Georgian façade, forming part of the former home of the renowned author Dorothy L. Sayers. Main suite, 3 further beds, family bath, kitchen, 3 receps, office, garden, games room, garage. 

5

Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey

Nottinghamshire: £460,000 

This Grade II Gothic property, with its own watchtower, is located within the abbey, which dates back to the 12th century and was the former residence of the poet Lord Byron. Main suite with dressing room, 2 further beds, Jack & Jill shower room, kitchen, recep, courtyard, off-road parking. 

6

Prospect Cottage, The Green, Rottingdean

Prospect Cottage, The Green, Rottingdean

East Sussex: £900,000 

A Grade II Georgian town house occupying a prime position overlooking the village green and the Rudyard Kipling Gardens. The property is one of the village’s most impressive houses, having been the home of the famous Pre-Raphaelite artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones, whose blue plaque adorns the house. Main bed, 2 further beds, family bath, shower room, kitchen, recep, terrace. 

7

Nash House, Mount Sion, Tunbridge Wells

Nash House, Mount Sion, Tunbridge Wells

Kent: £1.55m 

A historic and striking Grade II town house, once owned by the journalist, novelist, screenwriter and playwright Edgar Wallace, who is best known for creating King Kong. The prize-winning short-story writer, poet and author Sarah Salway is the current owner. Main suite, 1 further suite, 3 further beds, 2 baths, kitchen/ breakfast room, 2 receps, sauna, garden. 

8

Knipes Hall, Helmsley, York

Knipes Hall, Helmsley, York

Yorkshire: £1.45m 

An architecturally unique house commissioned in the 1820s by Lord Feversham, who was the first MP to support Richard Oastler’s campaign for Factory Reform. The property is currently owned by prominent journalist Martin Vander Weyer. The extraordinary Regency house enjoys a classical landscape view. Main bed, 4 further beds, 2 baths, kitchen, 2 receps, study, double garage, 1.5 acres. 

9

Eaglestone, Strathpeffer

Eaglestone, Strathpeffer

Ross and Cromarty: £475,000

A delightful B-listed house previously owned by the singer Gerry Rafferty. The property was also once the village doctor’s surgery. Main bed, 5 further beds, shower room, family bath, kitchen, 3 receps, outbuildings, double garage, coach house, gardens, 1.07 acres. 

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