Buy the home of legendary British actor Oliver Reed

February 7, 2012 at 1:23 PM Leave a comment

Legend has it that the famous scene in Women In Love where Oliver Reed wrestles naked with Alan Bates in front of a roaring fire was actually filmed in Reed’s Surrey home Broome Hall.

Buy a wing of Broome Hall, which once belonged to legendary British actor Oliver Reed

The actor, who died in Malta in 1999 while filming Gladiator, bought the 54-bedroom Grade II listed home in Coldharbour in the 1970s and lavished buckets of money on its renovation – apparently taking any film work offered in order to fund the work on the home, which dates back to 1750, although most of the property is late Victorian.

Reed, who was as famous for his excessive drinking as he was his acting in films like Castaway, The Three Musketeers and Oliver!, wrote in his autobiography: : “As soon as I set eyes on Broome Hall, I fell in love with it and decided to buy it there and then.” As you’d expect, the actor hosted some famous faces at the property over the years too – including actor Steve McQueen and The Who’s Keith Moon.

Reed left Broome Hall in the 1980s and the property was bought by a developer who converted it into apartments, one of which is now for sale.

An apartment is probably slightly understating this home, which is more like a wing of Broome Hall – it’s large at 1969 sq ft, has three bedrooms, a large living room and dining room, while the upstairs breakfast room overlooks a courtyard. The apartment also comes with a separate half an acre paddock with a stable block and double garage.

And even though Reed left Broome Hall more than two decades ago, the new owners will probably come across stories of the actor’s local exploits. For instance, The Telegraph reported that Reed was apparently banned from his Coldharbour local after coming down the chimney naked shouting: “Ho Ho Ho I’m Santa Claus”.

The Broome Hall home is for sale for £795,000 through Hamptons International.

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