Spy Novelist John Le Carre’s ₹17 Cr Property With Secret Cottage And Walled Garden Is On Sale

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Spy Novelist John Le Carre’s ₹17 Cr Property With Secret Cottage And Walled Garden Is On Sale

What will you expect from the house of a spy novelist? A hidden cottage, stairs down to some secret place, and more of the same sort Well, not always! There is a beautiful and cosy country house in Somerset, worth ₹17 crore. It once belonged to spy novelist John Le Carre, is now on sale. He is the one who wrote ‘Tinker Sailor Soldier Spy’ and ‘The Spy Who Came in From the Cold’. 

Spy Novelist John Le Carre’s Property Is On Sale

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The home includes a sun-filled conservatory, a terracotta-tiled kitchen, and a library where you can lose yourself in a spy book or two. A spacious attic, lush grounds, and five bedrooms, one with its own dressing room and ensuite, are also included for the fortunate buyer. 

But that’s not all. On Stoppers Lane, there is also an exterior cottage to the east of the main structure, which has a separate entrance from Stoppers Lane. It also has a private walled garden, its own living room, kitchen, dining room, and ensuite bedroom. This is where Le Carré reportedly penned his 1965 book “The Looking Glass War,” so you can be sure it’s a quiet location. 

After quitting MI6 in 1965, the novelist John Le Carre relocated to Stoppers Lane in Wells, Somerset. The Grade II-llisted building, which was constructed in the seventeenth century, is currently advertised for sale. 

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More Information On The House

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Internally, it spreads out over a number of lovely reception spaces, six bedrooms, and a separate one-bedroom cottage, totaling about 4,530 square feet. The interiors have undergone a meticulous renovation, and lime has been used to redo the façade. 

The nearly four-acre property is made up of rolling lawns, planted flower beds, and a few auxiliary structures. It is tucked away in a lovely rural setting. The house enjoys uninterrupted views of the surrounding countryside and the nearby grazing pastures, which are divided by a stylish wooden fence. 

The home is well-connected, near all that Wells has to offer, and 20 minutes from Castle Cary. It offers quick, direct trains that take 90 minutes to reach London.

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