Jamie Theakston selling his stunning £2 million Sussex home

What do you get for your money?


TV and radio presenter Jamie Theakston dreamed of owning Wings Place in the village of Ditchling when he was a child at the primary school opposite. The incredible Tudor manor house has been his for the last decade, but now he has decided to sell up.

The house is on the market for £2 million. And for that you get a slice of history.

The home

The property itself has five bedrooms - one of which comes complete with a priest hole, two have en-suites and one has a dressing room. There's a part-panelled library, a study and a drawing room with a brick inglenook fireplace. There is also a walled garden and a wine cellar. And off the terrace outside is a pillared pergola which is thought to have come from the Palace of Westminster after a fire in the 19th century.

There is underfloor heating in the kitchen, but there are few millionaire trappings in the property. Grade I-listing means this isn't ever going to be home to the swimming pools and multi-media rooms that some might demand for £2 million.

Instead there is history by the bucket-load.The Grade I-listed timber-framed house was built in the 16th century while Ditchling was named in the Domesday Book. It's one of a handful of Grade I-listed properties in private ownership in the county.

Theakston told the Telegraph that locally it was known as the Anne of Cleves house, because it was one of many given to her by Henry VIII when they were divorced - although she never lived there. The estate agent says that after her death in 1557 the property reverted to the Crown under Elizabeth I and in the later 16th Century, Wings Place was believed to have been owned by Lord Abergavenny, who gave it to Henry Poole.

Jamie Theakston

It now has its brush with another kind of celebrity, after Theakston made it his home. He went to the primary school opposite and told the newspaper he always wanted to live there, so when it went up for sale ten years ago he snapped it up.

Back in 2009 he told The Times that he had been having a pint with the former owner while he was back in the village visiting his parents, and when he said he was thinking of selling, Theakston immediately decided to buy. The owner told him he just wanted the place filled with music and laughter. This was something he made good on when he held his wedding reception at the house.

However, Theakston has decided it's time to move on, as he does a radio breakfast show in London, so cannot be at the property as often as he would like.

He is currently living in his other house in Chiswick, where he recently built a modern extension at the back of the house.

However, anyone buying for a brush with Theakston's fame should bear in mind that Theakston has shown an enormous enthusiasm for buying, renovating and selling property. Even his Chiswick home was briefly on the market last year. If he continues with this passion, being able to say you own one of his former houses is not going to be so unusual in future.

Take a look inside

Jamie Theakstone's house

Jamie Theakstone's house