Live in the house of a 19th century muse who inspired a series of books

By Chloe Shakesby   |   Property writer   |
Monday 15th August 2022 11:58 am
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The house belonged to the gardener of a local author. (Bourne Estate Agents )

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This refurbished 19th century home once housed the muse of a local author - and now it could belong to you.

The cottage, on Old Church Lane in Farnham, dates back to 1850 and was home to gardener Fred Grover, who worked for local author George Sturt.

George, who sometimes wrote under the name George Bourne, decided that Fred would be an interesting subject for his writing, and so observed and recorded his life.

Calling Fred ‘Bettesworth’, George wrote the Bettesworth series of books, including ‘Memoirs of a Surrey Labourer’ (1907), about his gardener.

Fred lived in the cottage with his wife Lucy, who unfortunately died young due to epilepsy.

The house dates back to 1850. (Bourne Estate Agents )

Inside the house, there is an open plan kitchen, dining room and living room with a vaulted ceiling.

There are two bedrooms, the main one with part-wood panelling and wood flooring, and open to a dressing room. There is also a Jack & Jill bathroom between the bedrooms.

Outside, there is a lawned garden mainly laid to lawn with a block patio, adjoining a stream and a footpath to Deepdene and Frensham Road.

There is a detached annexe/guest house in the garden. (Bourne Estate Agents )

As well as this, there is a detached office/studio and a detached annexe.

The cottage is being marketed by Bourne Estate Agents for a price of £499,950.

Hayley Johnson of Bourne Estate Agents commented: This is a truly spectacular, extended and beautifully refurbished, detached character 19th century home.

“Set on a plot of approximately a quarter of an acre, it is positioned in a quiet and highly sought after conservation area of South Farnham.”

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