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article imageOp-Ed: Cotchford, home of Winnie the Pooh and Brian Jones, for sale

By Paul Wallis     May 16, 2012 in Lifestyle
Sydney - Cotchford Farm, a stunning example of “England” as it was truly loved, is for sale. The family of A.A. Milne owned the place for years. Brian Jones, the archetypal Rolling Stone, died there.
One look at Cotchford will convince you really there was an England that always should be. This old, rambling to a degree home dates back to Elizabethan times. If you know anything at all about English architecture, you’ll recognize the styles and the additions. Set on 9 acres of Sussex farmland and woods, it’s an elegant example of the modest but sometimes overwhelming beauty of a whole range of English cultural icons, without even trying too hard.
Cotchford isn’t a “stately home” in the sense of the word. It’s a home which has developed a stately look.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald:
Dating from the 16th century, the six-bedroom house in nine-plus acres has been home to more than one celebrated owner, says Savills, who are expecting the property to fetch about £2 million (for the freehold title.
In 1968 Brian Jones, a founding member of the Rolling Stones, bought Cotchford Farm - and died there a year later at 27 after his girlfriend found him at the bottom of the pool.
Two million?
Is that all?
I’ll take it.
Kindly shoot all other offers and their agents.
Readers are strongly advised to take a good long look at the authentic English interior and the utterly unique character of this place in the Sydney Morning Herald link. If you’ve never seen the genuine English Tudor and later styles, you’ve missed an education and a half.
There’s another issue here, and it relates to more than the “antiquity” of the place and similar National Trust-related things- Structural engineering. Cotchford, unless I’m much mistaken needs a good look from an expert. These fabulous old places are tough customers, but even a place as obviously loved and well cared for as this must be protected at all costs. These places are more than priceless.
(For any Poms reading- Let this sort of place go and you’ve got nothing left. Respect it.)
I’ve always thought that Jones was something more than the Stones’ pretty boy. Anybody who’d simultaneously buy Cotchford and record Pipes of Pan at Joujouka is somebody I have to like. As for Winnie- You and your friends can stay rent free, mate. We’ll charge the Heffalump VAT.
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