The iconic writer's Hampstead mansion goes for a record price-tag
We don’t know about you, but when we first saw these glorious images of Daphne du Maurier’s childhood home we couldn’t help but be transported back to this famous opening line from her 1938 classic ‘Rebecca’: ”Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.’
All images credited to Edward Hill
Lucky for the purchaser of this sensational Hampstead home, these opulent stately rooms have less of a gothic chill than her fictional creation, Manderley.
It also came with a whopping price-tag even the du Mauriers would have been shocked to pay back in 1916 when they moved in to the estate: a whopping £28 million, to be exact.
Daphne du Maurier moved to Cannon Hall, a six-bedroom Georgian house on the edge of Hampstead Heath, in 1916 when she was just nine-years-old.
The mansion, which dates from 1730, boasts five reception rooms, a billiards room, an indoor swimming pool, a former coachman’s house and a staff cottage.
Looking through the Hall’s opulent rooms now, we can’t help but imagine sumptuous bias-cut silk gowns swishing elegantly down the grand staircase for cocktails and conversation in the dining room.
If that wasn’t impressive enough, even stage and film legend Laurence Olivier filmed thriller ‘Bunny Lake is Missing’ inside Cannon Hall’s grand rooms in 1965.
At £28 million, we can all dream on…but for now, at least, let’s indulge…