To the Manor Born: Celebrity homes on sale

These properties have famous former residents and they couldn’t be more charming

Penelope Keith's house

This is your chance to live as if you were 'To The Manor Born'. The classic BBC sitcom featured the Lady of the Manor (Audrey Fforbes-Hamilton), who was forced to move out of Grantleigh Estate and downsize after the death of her husband.

The house was bought by self-made supermarket tycoon, Richard Devere, and comedy ensued.


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The stars, Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles, became firm fixtures in millions of British homes at the time, and now you can become a fixture in theirs - because homes formerly owned by both of them have gone up for sale.

And as you would expect from these classy stars, both ooze a great deal of charm.


Peter Bowles

Peter Bowles' House

This was Peter Bowles' home long before he became a household name, because it was actually the house where he grew up. The five-bedroom detached property in Upper Boddington near Daventry is a snip at £650,000.

Peter Bowles

For your money you get a beautiful former stable in a quiet village with three reception rooms, a large garage (with space for ten cars) and five decent-sized bedrooms - two of which are en-suite.

Peter Bowles' House

It's not exactly Grantleigh Estate, but it would make someone a lovely family home in which to bring up a budding actor or three.


Penelope Keith

Penelope Keith

The detached stone home built for Penelope Keith 25 years ago, meanwhile, offers three bedrooms in Wycoller in Lancashire, and is on the market for just £525,000.

It looks like a traditional detached property, and is built from reclaimed materials from a stone barn on the site. The fact that it was forced to stick to strict planning rules means it blends seamlessly into the area, and looks like it has been there for generations.

Penelope Keith's house

However, inside it is a lovely modern home, with light and airy rooms, a pretty kitchen, and three bedrooms - one of which boasts en suite.

But what do you think? Which would you prefer? Let us know in the comments.

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