Time-capsule Georgian manor beside Hampton Court Palace for sale for first time in 50 years

The Hampton Court Palace is selling a magnificent Georgian manor located just outside of the Hampton Court Palace grounds. This is the first listing in 50 years. The Grade II-listed Ivy House, East Moseley in Surrey, shares boundaries with Henry VIII’s favorite residence. It is up for sale at just GBP6million. Its imposing facade, grand stone steps and porticoed entrance canopy would impress any discerning king, while its stately rooms are embellished with plenty of regal details, from parquet flooring to galleried half-landings.Statement fireplaces and period cornicing are among the myriad characterful features / Strutt & ParkerHome to a famous witSeven-bedroom Ivy House is the former home of the late BBC comedy writer Ray Galton OBE, who was best known for his professional partnership with Alan Simpson. They co-created and wrote hits sitcoms in the 1950s and 1960s, including Hancock’s Half Hour and Comedy Playhouse. The library is a reflection of the creative career that Ivy House’s current owner / Strutt & Parker. The duo met in 1948 as teenagers at a Surrey tuberculosis clinic. They were given weeks to live. They beat their prognoses, and went on winning multiple Baftas. One of those houses that looks like it was taken from a village in the middle of the countryside. Galton, who grew up on a Surrey council estate estate, often joked about his newfound wealth. In his 2018 Guardian Obituary, he described how he had furnished one of Ivy House‚Äôs reception rooms with a large grand piano on which sat an extravagant, Liberace-style candelabra. He replied, “The piano tuner!” when a journalist asked him about it. “Ivy House was once the home of Steptoe and Son writer Ray Galton / Strutt & Parker. It is now being sold by Galton’s children. The property sits on over half an acre and is available for the very first time in over 50 years. Lady Ainsworth, Earl of Ypres, and the Countess Effingham are other notable residents. Ivy House is a beautiful property with many unique features, including the fireplaces, cornicing, and fanlights. The four floors of living space allow for a wide range of uses, making it ideal for renovating. There are seven bedrooms, but this is the master bedroom / Strutt & Parker. The expansive sash windows offer views over Home Park, as well as a roof terrace that overlooks the Wilderness, Charles II’s formal pleasure gardens. Outside, a double-gated carriage driveway provides secure parking for many cars. A large double garage is located below a studio room and can be used as an atelier, or converted into self-contained accommodation. The property also has secure parking for many cars. The River Thames is also on the doorstep, with its towpath walks leading down to renowned rowing and cricket clubs.Transport-wise, trains into Waterloo take just over half an hour, with the West End a similar drive away. The M3 and M25 are both easily accessible, as well as Heathrow and Gatwick. Mr Shuttleworth expects buyers to be attracted to this area due to its excellent connections to the city, great schools, and popular local parks. This part of Greater London offers the best combination of country and town, with a village feel but being easily accessible. It is a highly sought-after area. Strutt & Parker is selling Ivy House at a guide price GBP5,995,000.