Sunday, February 5, 2017

The House on Pooh Corner for Sale!

I love when 'literary' homes go up for sale.  The House Where ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ Was Written Is Up for Sale

From Smithsonian:

The 9.5-acre estate was once home to Christopher Robin and A.A. Milne

Cotchford Farm, where Alan Alexander Milne lived with his family and penned Winnie-the-Pooh, The House on Pooh Corner and his other classics, is on the market in England. Featuring a renovated country house and 9.5 acres of property, the East Sussex estate is classically English—and even more so because of who once owned it.

Savills, the real estate firm selling the property, says that the house has six bedrooms and four reception rooms. It was originally built in the mid-16th century. The home played host to evacuated families during World War II, and it was later owned by Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones who died there in 1969.

The estate includes an apple orchard, a summer house, a swimming pool, landscaped gardens and even a statue of Christopher Robin. That's fitting as the real Christopher Robin, Christopher Robin Milne, once resided in the home, and his stuffed animals served as fodder for his father's stories in the years after World War I.

Perhaps most intriguing is the house’s proximity to what Milne characterized as the “Hundred Acre Wood.” In real life, the fabled forest was based on Ashdown Forest, a one-time medieval deer hunting forest that is now protected land. The forest now promotes self-guided “Pooh Walks” for visitors that include jaunts to the “Pooh Sticks Bridge” where Winnie and Piglet threw sticks into the water. That bridge, where the real-life Christopher and his nanny played the game, is in close proximity to the property for sale.

Milne, who had built his literary career on plays and detective stories, soon found himself writing almost exclusively for children after what began as a short poem published in the magazine Punch soon became a phenomenon.

The asking price is $2.38 million. But for anyone who still dreams of heffalumps, woozles, Eeyore’s gloomy place or a pot of delicious honey, living in Milne’s magical abode might just be worth the whole honey pot.
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