Properties for sale with famous connections
From an 18th-century townhouse in East Molesey, Surrey, originally awarded by Queen Victoria to Michael Faraday, to the former home of Hammond Innes in Kersey, Suffolk, eight of the best properties for sale with famous connections.
Faraday House, East Molesey, Surrey. This Grade II-listed, 18th-century townhouse was awarded by Queen Victoria to Michael Faraday for his services to science. It retains its original sash windows and shutters, wood panelling and L-shaped reception room. 5 beds, 2 baths, 3 receps, conservatory, garden. £1.95m Dexters 020-8255 7777.
Beverly Hills Post Office, California. This contemporary house is home to musician John Legend and his wife, presenter and model Chrissy Teigen. It has an open-plan living area with a sculptural staircase and landscaped gardens that include a heated saltwater pool. 7 beds, 8 baths, 0.86 acres. £17.48m Knight Frank & Douglas Elliman 020-7629 8171.
Ayres End, The Green, Kersey, Suffolk. This Grade II-listed early Tudor property is the former home of the author Hammond Innes, who wrote many of his novels in the studio in the garden, including The Wreck of the Mary Deare, which was made into a film starring Charlton Heston and Gary Cooper. 4 beds, 3 baths, 2 receps, study, breakfast kitchen with Aga, summer house 1.2 acres. £2m Winkworth 01787-326740.
Sigrist House, Prospect Ridge, Nassau and Paradise Island, Bahamas. A 1930s former residence of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, situated on the crest of Prospect Ridge overlooking a new golf course and the sea beyond. 4 beds, 4 baths, two 4-bed guest houses, one 3-bed apartment, terraces, verandahs, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, 4 acres. £6.49m Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty +1 242 424 9193.
Hulgrave Hall, Tiverton, near Tarporley, Cheshire. This Grade II-listed, 18th-century country house is home to Keith Hopwood of the band Herman’s Hermits and has a home recording studio that has been used by Steve Coogan, among others. It has exposed beams, open fireplaces and a large kitchen with an Aga. 5 beds, 3 baths, 2 receps, library, conservatory, 1-bed cottage, outbuildings, stables, garden, pond, orchard, paddock, 3.33 acres. £1.75m Jackson-Stops 01244-328361.
Langton Matravers, Swanage, Dorset. A renovated period house that was once home to physicist and radio astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell. It has flagstone floors, open fireplaces and a modern fitted kitchen and bathroom. 4 beds, 4 baths, 2 receps, 1-bed annexe, garden. £1.195m+ Fine & Country 01929-555300.
Deersted Manor, Waliswood, Dorking, Surrey. This renovated, Grade II-listed 16th-century house has variously been the home of Oliver Reed and Jim Davidson. It retains its oak timberwork, leaded-light windows and open fireplaces, and has an indoor swimming pool with leisure facilities. 6 beds, 5 baths, 3 receps, two kitchens, cinema, gym, 1-bed staff annexe, 4-bed cottage, helipad, stables, sand school, gardens, 12 acres. £6.95m Savills 01483-796816.
Warren House, Crowborough, East Sussex. A Grade II-listed Georgian manor with far-reaching views towards Ashdown Forest. It has variously been home to Led Zeppelin’s bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones and singer and actor Adam Faith. It has oak floors, period fireplaces and shuttered sash windows. 6 beds, 3 baths, 2 receps, study, studio, gym, 2-bed annexe, stables, outbuilding, swimming pool, tennis court, pond, gardens, 12 acres. £3.65m Knight Frank 01892-772942.