Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Take a look around the family home where Enid Blyton wrote some of her most much-loved works

Exterior-1000-web.jpg

The Buckinghamshire home of the popular children’s author, Enid Blyton, has gone on sale.

The idyllic cottage in Bourne End, fondly baptised Old Thatch, is on the market at £1.85m.

Enid Blyton & Noddy

Enid Blyton & Noddy

Blyton, known for writing such adored works as NoddyFamous Five and the Secret Seven series, lived in the cottage from 1929 until 1938.

Old Thatch is a 17th Century cottage, with grade II listing. The property consists of four bedrooms, three reception rooms, two bathrooms set in 1.5 acres of land.

enid
enid

The current owners, Jacky and David Hawthorne, have lived in the cottage for two decades, during which time they resigned the gardens and opened them up to visitors. The gardens have since been voted as some of the most beautiful in England.

enid
enid

The beloved children’s author lived in the home with her first husband, Hugh Alexander Pollock, and their two daughters, Gillian and Imogen.

During this time, Blyton penned some of her most famous works and thought-up her most loved characters including The Wishing Chair and the series, Faraway Tree and Brer Rabbit.

enid
enid

Blyton’s books have sold over 600m copies.

The cottage and picturesque surroundings were also the inspiration for Blyton’s work including the series for which it lent its name, Old Thatch, and The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage.

enid
enid

The author was known to adore the house, describing it in her diaries as a “perfect both outside and in…just like a fairy tale house and three minutes from the river.”

If you are interested in the property, you can find out more here

Related

1965515_771008519644345_8471209781946133314_o.jpg

The greatest ever 'Winnie the Pooh' quotes for all moments in life

hero.jpg

Wisdom taken from the pages of classic children’s books

rexfeatures_4900536a.jpg

The amazing gin distillery and bar crowned 2015 Shed of the Year

famous-five.jpg

The 50 best children's books

hero.jpg

Literary quotes to cure a bad mood

20sbookshero.jpg

50 best books of the 1920s

Comments

More

Amazon Prime snaps up seven Agatha Christie TV projects

And stars of Gossip Girl and Love Actually have signed on for the first

by Amy Swales
19 Jul 2017

Hey muggles, there are two brand-new Harry Potter books coming out

They’re set to fly onto shelves this Halloween

by Kayleigh Dray
19 Jul 2017

“How Jane Austen radically changed female desire and relationships”

Let’s talk about sex, ladies

by Kayleigh Dray
18 Jul 2017

Bank of England makes awkward Jane Austen blunder on new £10 note

Erm, guys – did you even read Pride & Prejudice?

by Kayleigh Dray
18 Jul 2017

100,000 banned texts have been built into a 'Parthenon of books’

The structure stands in the very same spot where the Nazis burned thousands of censored books

by Jasmine Andersson
14 Jul 2017

This one reading habit could boost your happiness levels

It's all to do with adventure stories

by Anna Brech
12 Jul 2017

Lost manuscript discovered in home of Where The Wild Things Are author

“What a miracle to find this buried treasure in the archives”

by Anna Brech
12 Jul 2017

Why we love bullet journals, according to science

The brightly coloured pages have a multitude of benefits

by Sarah Biddlecombe
11 Jul 2017

JK Rowling explains why her new fairy tale may never be published

The secret manuscript is kept in a rather unusual location

by Moya Crockett
11 Jul 2017

5 amazing new memoirs to read on your summer holiday

Pack one of these stunning reads in your beach bag

by Moya Crockett
06 Jul 2017