‘I live next to UK’s most pictured home but have to hide from ignorant tourists’

A woman who lives near the UK’s most beautiful house has shared her nightmare as she has to hide from photographers. She claims she had to “hide out” at the back of her home to ensure she’s not snapped.

Georgina Kingshott, 44, moved to the picturesque Castle Combe, the Cotswolds, in 2019. She left London for the postcard village to enjoy a quieter pace of life.

However, after moving, she quickly realised she was just a couple of doors down from Britain’s most photographed house. It’s caused quite the disruption to Georgina’s life.

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In the summer, thousands of visitors flock to see the beautiful property – which featured in Doctor Dolittle in 1967 – and the village as a whole. Castle Combe has also hit the big screens in Stardust in 2007 and War Horse in 2011.

Georgina, a post-doctoral scientist, said: "I dread this time of year, on really hot days it turns into Brighton Beach. I hide out at the back of the house to avoid being snapped – it is the drones that are particularly intrusive.

"It is the price that you pay for living somewhere so idyllic. We have thought about putting signs up telling people this is private land.

"People will wade through the water when it is low and have picnics on the side."

Georgina moved to Castle Combe in November 2016 for a "fresh start”. It was pure luck that she found a home in the beautiful village. Houses for sale are rare to find and quickly snapped up.

Her cottage overlooks the the Bybrook River. Plus, it has a view from the nearby bridge up the main street, one of the Cotswolds' most iconic sites due to its chocolate box look.

Despite putting up signs and a fence stating that the property is private Georgine says she and her neighbours are often confronted with rude and ignorant tourists. She’s rarely left to enjoy peace or privacy.

She said: "My neighbours – who I am great friends with – face the brunt of the problem. People are always sneaking through the gate and ignoring the signs.

"People constantly taking pictures can feel invasive – as soon as they see me pull up in the car, they might think I am an eccentric millionaire. On a Sunday morning, I sleep with my window open, and I can be woken up by the crowds outside as they start gathering pretty early.

"Even on a day like today when the weather isn't great, there are still lots of people standing outside."

The nearby home – Bridge House – dubbed the most photographed in the nation is now up for sale though. So, if you’re willing to put up with the snappers you too could enjoy the village’s beauty.

The Grade II-listed three-bed is on sale for a hefty £1.8 million. The estate agents responsible for selling the property describe the enclosed rear gardens as being "well laid out and private".

The listing reads: "They amount to just under half an acre and provide a calm oasis as they back onto Parsonage Wood. "The rear gardens are well thought out with a paved seating/patio area leading off the back of the house, which opens up to a large level lawn with pathways to either side, well-stocked flower beds and a few trees."

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