Nosey round the historic homes of the stars

Nosey round the historic homes of the stars

Who lives in a house like this? Well, as a matter of fact, it used to be the home of a young Daphne du Maurier. In this building, the little girl no doubt dreamed up colourful, imaginary tales that would one day lead her to write the likes of Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, Frenchman's Creek, The Birds and the cult thriller Don't Look Now.

A blue plaque lines the wall celebrating her father's occupation of the building from 1916-1934 (her father being the actor and manager Sir Gerald du Maurier who was the first Captain Hook in Peter Pan, 1904).

The house was also later used as a key location for Otto Preminger's 1965 movie thriller Bunny Lake Is Missing, starring Laurence Olivier.

Located approximately 150m from the rolling acres of Hampstead Heath and less than 4 miles from the heart of London's west end, the property today contains a staff cottage (for your very own Mrs Danvers), an indoor pool and half an acre of garden. Have a nosey round here

This majestic Grade II mansion was built in 1850 for the Chaplain to none other than Queen Victoria. Set within 14 acres of mature grounds, the property has 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a self contained staff flat, 4 reception rooms, a gym and sauna. Have a look at the Gothic features, attractive fireplaces, oak flooring and original stone mullioned windows and high ceilings here

This elegant grade II listed house in the heart of Knightsbridge was once home to the English humourist and novelist, P G Wodehouse, creator of characters such as Jeeves and Bertie Wooster. The author lived here between the years of 1918 – 1920. The property features 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a spectacular, high ceilinged drawing room, all spread over 3000 Sq ft. Have a look round here

It might not be the French Riviera, but this beautiful riverside location was once swimming with stars. Back in the early 1900s, the then owner Frank Schuster, a music lover and patron of the arts, invited Edward Elgar to stay at the house, where he worked on his Violin Concerto and The Kingdom. Other regular visitors to the house were musician Gabriel Faure, war poet Siefgried Sassoon and playwright George Bernard Shaw.

The historic four bedroom, family home tucked away on a quiet backwater of the River Thames and overlooking the renowned Monkey Island includes 4 reception rooms, an indoor swimming pool and 100 ft of direct river frontage with mooring house and includes original features like leaded light windows and decorative fireplaces here

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