A woman who lives near the most beautiful house in the UK has shared her nightmare when having to hide from photographers. She said she had to “hide” in the back of the house to make sure she didn’t get caught.
Georgina Kingshott, 44, moved to picturesque Castle Combe, Cotswolds, in 2019. She left London for the postcard village to enjoy a quieter pace of life.
However, after moving, she quickly found herself just a few doors away from Britain’s most photographed house. It caused quite a disturbance in Georgina’s life.
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During the summer, thousands of visitors flock to see the beautiful grounds – which appeared in 1967’s Doctor Dolittle – and the entire village. Castle Combe has also appeared on the big screen in 2007’s Stardust and 2011’s War Horse.
Georgina, a postdoctoral scientist, said: “I’m afraid this time of year, on really hot days, it turns into Brighton Beach. I hide behind the house to avoid getting caught – those are the the drone is particularly intrusive”. .
“That’s the price you pay for living in such an idyllic place. We thought about putting up signs to let people know this is private land.
“People will wade through the water when it’s low and have picnics on the side.”
Georgina moved to Castle Combe in November 2016 for a “fresh start”. Fortunately, she found a home in a beautiful village. Homes for sale are rare and quickly sought after.
Her house overlooks the Bybrook River. Plus, it offers views from the nearby bridge onto the main street, one of the Cotswolds’ most iconic sites due to its chocolate box shape.
Although there are signs and fences stating this is a private residence, Georgine said she and her neighbors regularly face rude and ignorant tourists. She is rarely left to enjoy peace or privacy.
She said: “My neighbors – my great friends – face serious problems. People are always sneaking through the gate and ignoring the signs.
“People who are constantly taking pictures can feel violated – as soon as they see me in the car, they might think I’m an eccentric millionaire. On a Sunday morning, I slept with the windows open and I can be woken up by the crowds outside as they start to gather quite early.
“Even on a day like today when the weather is bad, there are still a lot of people standing outside.”
The house nearby – Bridge House – dubbed the most photographed home in the nation is now for sale. So if you are willing to put up with snappers then you can also enjoy the beauty of the village.
The Grade II-rated triple bed is on sale for £1.8 million. The real estate agents responsible for selling the property describe the enclosed rear gardens as “well laid out and private”.
The listing reads: “They cover just under half an acre and provide an oasis of calm back in the Parsonage Wood.” to a wide lawn with paths on either side, filled with flower beds and a few trees.”