Rolling Stones Brian Jones Last Home For Sale
Newly on the market after four decades and with a £2 million (just under $3.2 million) price tag, is the former home of Rolling Stones’ founding member Brian Jones, known as Cotchford Farm. The Sussex, England estate, situated in Ashdown Forest also was one time home to Winnie-the-Pooh author A.A. Milne, and is the setting for the lovable bear’s adventures with Christopher Robin.
Milne bought the 16th Century home in 1925, where he and wife, Dorothy raised their son, real-life Christopher Robin. It was Dorothy who commissioned a statue of Christopher Robin for the gardens, as well as a sundial bearing the images of Eeyore, Owl, Piglet, Rabbit, Tigger and, of course, Pooh.
Ashdown Forest is the largest open, uncultivated area in this part of England and is popular among cyclists, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. Nearby are the Five Hundred Acre Woods—inspiration for the Hundred Acre Woods of Christopher Robin’s adventures—as well as Galleons Leap and other Milne story backdrops. Christopher Robin Milne even mentions Cotchford Farm in his autobiography. The Milne family owned the property until 1959.
Brian Jones bought the home in the late 1960s. On the grounds is the pool where Jones’ girlfriend found his body in 1969, just one month after his ignominious departure from the Stones after his ousting by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Although the coroner declared it “Death by Misadventure,” the cause of the tragedy remains a mystery and conspiracy theories abound, even prompting a review by the Sussex police in 2009. Currently, the case is closed.
Since 1970, the three-story home and 10-acre grounds have had a single owner, so the six-bedroom home just 35 miles from London will need renovation. As the agent representing the property, Will Peppitt, director of the Country House department at Savills, expects that while the likely buyer is a younger London family seeking a better situation for their children’s education, the double-celebrity status of the property might just prompt a bidding war.