The history of 18th Century Brookbank Cottage and some of the famous names linked to it

Brookbank Cottage is an 18th Century Grade II listed attached cottage, situated in the affluent area of Haslemere. Despite its location, right between Hampshire and West Sussex, the cottage hides within its period features an intriguing history, including links with a number of famous names.

Property features of Brookbank Cottage

The cottage in present condition boasts large gardens, three double bedrooms, a loft room, en suite bathroom and family bathroom, as well as a cellar, cloakroom and a number of reception rooms. It is situated within a mile of the nearest mainline station which goes directly to Waterloo in 49 minutes, so this home is ideal for London commuters seeking a more picturesque, country feel.

The original cottage building

Originally, Brookbank Cottage was one of two cottages built for farm workers in 1730. Later on in the 1860s, the houses were joined together to create a large and spacious family home, which included many new as well as original features. This included stunning stained glass windows, two magnificent ground-floor fireplaces and a uniquely high arched ceiling. In 1960, the cottage was divided again into the two properties and has since been extended to include a conservatory, larger kitchen space and an oak barn garage with a room above.

Literary history beginnings

In 1862, the house was bought by London Literary Society Member, Anne Gilchrist. She was responsible for bringing a number of (now famous) friends to the property. Both George Eliot (real name Mary Anne Evans) and Afred Lord Tennyson rented the cottage, and Eliot wrote “Middlemarch Book One” here, which has now become one of her most well-known novels, and a classic worldwide due to its daring themes of the status of women in society and the Reform Act, as well as religious and educational connotations. There is a plaque attached to the cottage itself from Haselmere Society Blue to signify this novel being written as an historical event.

Stunning location and features

Today, the cottage boasts a quarter of an acre of level gardens and grounds with a wide range of flowers, shrubs and an impressive Yew tree. The property, accessible via Eliot Drive, provides 4/5 parking spaces as well as the newly built oak double barn garage, which offers more storage and parking. Other features that make the property stand out are the handy garden shed, timber summerhouse and large stone sun terrace.

What can potential buyers look for in this property?

Brookbank Cottage is located just over 41 miles from Heathrow and 40.2 miles from Gatwick, and the area is known for its outstanding schools, making it a great location for families with children. Local supermarkets include a large Tesco and a new M&S Food, both within a short walking distance.

Brookbank Cottage is being marketed by Clarke Gammon Wellers at a £799,950 guide price, so if you are interested in viewing the property, you can get in touch today by calling our Haslemere team on 01428 664800.