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TV actors selling Grade II listed Shortlands cottage with links to Blyton, HG Wells and Shelley

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 May 2018

Brian Murphy and Linda Regan are selling their three-bedroom home in Shortlands. Photo: JDM Estate Agents

Brian Murphy and Linda Regan are selling their three-bedroom home in Shortlands. Photo: JDM Estate Agents

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Enduring actor Brian Murphy and his actress and writer partner have decided to sell their cosy home in Bromley.

It is believed the house is the oldest residential property in Bromley. Photo: JDM Estate AgentsIt is believed the house is the oldest residential property in Bromley. Photo: JDM Estate Agents

The henpecked star of 1970s sitcom Man About The House and the spin-off George and Mildred have their home on the market with JDM Estate Agents.

The historic cottage has rumoured ties with Enid Blyton, HG Wells and Shelley.

Mr Murphy and Hi-de-Hi! star Linda Regan have lived in the Grade II listed cottage in Shortlands for 23 years.

The cottage is Grade II listed. Photo: JDM Estate AgentsThe cottage is Grade II listed. Photo: JDM Estate Agents

The agency said it is thought to be the oldest residential property in Bromley, dating as far back as 1548 when it was the servants’ quarters for a nearby farmhouse.

The agent said the couple firmly believe Enid Blyton wrote about the cottage in one of her books.

The couple have lived in the cottage for 23 years. Photo: JDM Estate AgentsThe couple have lived in the cottage for 23 years. Photo: JDM Estate Agents

The pair also understand Shelley and HG Wells have stayed there.

Linda, 68, probably best known for her role as yellow coat April in Hi-de-Hi!, said: “I’ve known this cottage since I was a child and used to play here often, so when we had the chance to buy it we snapped it up. It’s a beautiful and charming cottage and we will be very sad to leave it as we have wonderful memories of our time here but we hope someone else will love it as much as we have.”

Brian, 85, who played Alvin Smedley in classic TV series Last of the Summer Wine, said: “The cottage has such an interesting history and you really feel like it’s seen a lot of life in its centuries on this site. It’s also nice to be surrounded by a house that’s older than me.

The cottage dates back to 1548. Photo: JDM Estate AgentsThe cottage dates back to 1548. Photo: JDM Estate Agents

“We have been here a while now, and have just decided to move on.”

Agent Andrew Aquilina said: “This beautiful cottage has been enjoyed and loved by the current owners and has provided them with their hideaway from the hustle and bustle of London.

There are beams aplenty in the home which is on the market for £900,000. Photo: JDM Estate AgentsThere are beams aplenty in the home which is on the market for £900,000. Photo: JDM Estate Agents

“Characterful cottages like this in such a central location are gems that are rare to come to the market.”

The house has three bedrooms, three reception rooms, two bathrooms, and is on the market for £900,000.

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