Okewood Hill Estate was once owned by Oliver Reed and Jim Davidson, and is on the market for £3.5m
Okewood Hill near the village of Cranleigh, Surrey, was owned by the party-animal actor in the 1970s and later by comedian Jim Davidson until he sold it in 2006.
The impressive Grade II listed house comes with almost 12 acres of grounds, a swimming pool, gym, home cinema, fishing lake and even a helipad.
It went on the market for £12m in 2009 with 21 acres but has had several price cuts since then and is now on the market for £3.5m with Strutt & Parker.
The actor, who starred in Oliver! (1968), Women in Love (1969) and Gladiator (2000) moved into the property, then called Pinkhurst Farm, when he ‘downsized’ from Broome Hall, a 60-bedroom mansion in Coldharbour near Dorking.
The property went on the market in 2009 for £12m, but has had several price cuts since then
It has always been a bit of a bachelor pad in the past and it would make a fantastic party house
Reed spent a fortune trying to renovate the grand pile before settling at the more modest Pinkhurst Farm in the late 1970s.
The hell-raising actor was well-known among the locals for his outrageous parties and adventures and local legend has it that he ‘kidnapped’ the milkman and took him on a two-day bender in London while he lived here.
The milkman was sacked but Reed took him on as a gardener and doubled his wages.
After a couple of years at Pinkhurst, Reed moved to Guernsey for tax reasons, but a kitchen cabinet he branded with his initials still remains.
Oliver Reed staring as Bill Sikes in Oliver!, directed by Carol Reed, 1968
Jim Davidson bought the house with his then-wife Tracy in the 1990s. He was forced to sell it in 2006 after he had moved to Dubai as a tax exile but was declared bankrupt after failing to keep up repayments on a £1.4m tax bill.
The red brick house with exposed timbers is believed to date back to the 16th century and still has some beautiful period features including flagstone flooring and impressive open fireplaces.
It was brought up-to-date about eight years ago, but Strutt & Parker say it now needs some remedial work done to return it to its former glory as it has not been lived in for about six years.
The house has 16,186 sq ft of accommodation with an entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, study, six bedrooms and five bathrooms.
The property includes an ornamental pond, a fishing lake, and a helipad
It has a music gallery, gym with sauna, home cinema and a large indoor swimming pool in the centre of the house.
There is also an office suite with a boardroom and two office rooms, as well as a three-car garage with an ‘au pair flat’ above it and a detached two-bedroom cottage.
The 11.85 acres of grounds includes stabling with four loose boxes, stores, tackroom and a sand school, an ornamental pond, a fishing lake and a helipad.
It also has a heated Koi carp lake that was said to be the biggest in the country nearly a decade ago, although there are no longer fish in it as the house is not lived in.
Oliver Reed outside Broome Hall in 1971
Liz Berman from Strutt & Parker said: “It’s a substantial house, built up of two wings of older properties linked together by a swimming pool complex.
“And it is a very reasonable price, you get a lot of house for the money.
“The house hasn’t really been lived in for the last six years and it does need some tender loving care now to bring it up-to-date again.
“The fact Oliver Reed and Jim Davidson lived there is an interesting selling point.
The property is built up of two wings of older properties linked together by a swimming pool complex
“It has always been a bit of a bachelor pad in the past and it would make a fantastic party house.
“It is a very nice estate and it could be an amazing family home, but you need a bit of money in your back pocket.
“I don’t think it will sell to a younger family as the layout slightly disjointed with bedrooms in different parts and people with young children don’t want to be separated from their kids.
“But it could appeal to someone with older, teenage children or a couple whose children or grandchildren come to stay.
“It could be a lovely country retreat but it is a slight project.”