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'Winnie the Pooh' House Up For Grabs For $2.74 Million

Posted by Staff Reporter on Mar 23, 2016 09:41 AM EDT
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Alan Alexander Milne (1882 - 1956), author of the famous 'Winnie the Pooh' books for children. (Photo : Getty Images/Hulton Archive)

Cotchford Farm fulfilled real estate history. Not many properties have accommodated both icons of children's literature and of rock and roll, but that farm was both. The six-bedroom, East Sussex home, which was constructed in the 16th century, was the home of both Brian Jones, the founder of the Rolling Stones and "Winnie the Pooh" author A.A. Milne.

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The "Winnie the Pooh" inspiration had been listed through Savills Tunbridge Wells with an asking price of $2.74 million.

"Winnie the Pooh" author Milne acquired the property in 1924 as a country house and used surrounding locations for his son Christopher Robin to play in with his teddy bear Pooh. These have become an inspiration for many famous scenes in his "Winnie the Pooh" stories and poems, including the "500 Acre Wood," "Pooh Corner" and "Pooh Sticks Bridge," according to Forbes .

Even though it will be unlikely to come across the bear of very little brain in the woods, all the famous settings from the best-selling books are only a short stroll away.

The Milnes lived in Cotchford Farm for over 30 years and left their mark in the form of a statue of Christopher Robin in the garden, as well as an ornate sundial with Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Owl and Rabbit etched around it, according to Huffington Post.

While the family's time at the farm was a happy one, and has provided millions of fans of the books with childhood joy over the years, its latter history was more tragic. It is where the founding member of the Rolling Stones was discovered motionless at the bottom of the swimming pool.

Rolling Stones musician Brian Jones purchased Cotchford Farm in November 1968 and passed away while taking a swim in July 1969. This was following the decision of the Rolling Stones to kick him out the previous month after his drug addiction caused the falling out with band mates Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts and Mick Jagger. Jones was 27 and the coroner ruled it as death by misadventure. 

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