Jeremy Clarkson's childhood home: why won't it sell?


Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson's childhood home has now been on the market for 18 months. Home Farm is a picturesque, Grade II listed farmhouse, with views over the Yorkshire countryside. The asking price is just £595,000, and it comes with an interesting history, and development potential.

So why won't Clarkson's old house sell?

Home Farm

There's nothing wrong with the property. It offers four double bedrooms, two reception rooms, a playroom, a loft room and a cellar. Clarkson fans will be able to keep one of their fleet of cars in the garage, and the others on the sweeping drive and parking area.

There's development potential too. The current owners have obtained planning permission to build a property on the current site of the tennis court - which is out of view of the main house. If that's too large a project, they currently have a second application in for a smaller property.

The estate agents, Jackson Stops, highlight that the home has a great history. Now only is it 400 years old, but in Christmas 1971 it was where the first Paddington Bear toys were made - for Jeremy and his sister, by his mum. She went on to make thousands, and sell them all over the world.

Not only do you get a slice of childhood history with the home, you also get the celebrity connection of the fact that Jeremy Clarkson lived here during his childhood.

The village itself is small and has no school - but there are facilities in the surrounding villages and Doncaster is only nine miles away. So why isn't the property selling?

What's wrong?

Part of the issue is that it's the most expensive house in the village by quite some margin. At the moment you can buy a five bedroom detached house for £365,000, or a beautiful four-bedroom cottage dating back 300 years for £425,000. Clearly when you can buy a larger property for less in the same village, you are relying on someone falling in love with this specific house. That sort of thing isn't an overnight affair.

Another issue is the fact that not much appears to be selling at all in the area. According to Zoopla, of the five other properties listed in the village at the moment, one was added in the middle of last year, two in 2012, and one in 2010.

In the past five years in the village, just 13 properties have sold - so there may be nothing wrong with the house and nothing wrong with the price, it's just that while property prices are soaring elsewhere in the country, in this part of the North East, the market has yet to catch fire.

But what do you think? Would you want the property? And does the fact that Jeremy Clarkson once lived there make it more appealing?

Take a look inside the Top Gear star's childhood home.

Jeremy Clarkson's Childhood Home

Jeremy Clarkson's Childhood Home