Five quirky homes including where Steven Spielberg made film history

The converted film studios where Spielberg made classics

Film buffs can live out their happily ever after at this converted London movie studio as it’s steeped in illustrious silver screen history.

This two-bedroom apartment in Buckinghamshire forms part of an exclusive development which has seen the iconic Denham Film Studios transformed into luxury living accommodation.

The elegantly-restored cinema, where legendary Hollywood directors such as Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick once sat to watch their films, is the star attraction of the historic and prestigious Grade II-listed Korda House.

Throughout its illustrious history, Denham Film Laboratories was visited by Hollywood directors including Stanley Kubrick, Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli, Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott.

Amongst the incredible list of films edited at Denham are classics such as Brief Encounter, The Great Escape, Alien and Aliens, ET, Superman 1, 2 and 3 and many of the Star Wars and James Bond movies.

Featuring the restored Grade II-listed main laboratory with retained cinema as its centrepiece, the 12-acre site has been transformed to offer an Art Deco inspired collection of luxurious new and converted homes, set amongst beautifully landscaped grounds, gardens and mature woodland.

This particular apartment, on the market for £520,000, features an open plan living and dining area, a private balcony as well as access to the Art Deco actor’s bar and restored cinema.

Rightmove’s property expert Miles Shipside said: “It’s not uncommon for top-of-the-range properties to boast their very own cinema rooms but this private theatre is certainly the most special I’ve come across on Rightmove. These directors are some of the biggest names in filmmaking history, so for residents to be able to make use of such an important space is something really quite magical.”

This property is listed for sale with Weston Homes.

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The farmhouse that’s every cider lover’s dream

Hunting for your dream home can be thirsty work but this charming farmhouse should provide the perfect antidote – because its apple trees produce gallons of cider.

Orchardleigh Farm, nestled in north Somerset, occupies a delightful rural position tucked away amongst rows and rows of productive apple trees.

Previously, these apples were pressed on-site to produce the farm’s very own cider, but now the apples are harvested and collected by one of the county’s leading cider producers, Thatchers, for the mass market.

The main five-bedroom farmhouse is up for sale for £1.695 million and is set in an enormous 13 acres of land.

The property also boasts a separate three-bedroom cottage – originally built to home dependent relatives – but in more recent years it’s been used as a successful long and short term let. It has the added benefit of its own private garden and single garage.

Selling agent Debbie Fortune suggests there is potential to create a regular income from four proposed cottages at the site, labelling the plans as “incredibly exciting and potentially lucrative”.

The home itself is hugely spacious and bursting with rural charm, and with its countless apple trees and boundless outdoor space, it’s the ideal place to host family barbecues and summer celebrations.

Rightmove’s property expert Miles Shipside said: “I can think of a few brilliant homes that can boast their own private pubs and bars, but this is the first time I’ve seen a whole cider farm for sale on Rightmove. I suspect this place will get plenty of interest and I look forward to seeing how the new owners can make the most of its commercial opportunities.”

This property is listed for sale with Debbie Fortune Estate Agents.

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Step inside this incredible church conversion

This beautiful Scottish church has been renovated so flawlessly that you’d be forgiven for mistaking the developer’s work as an act of divine intervention.

East Church House in Strathaven, an eight-bedroom property on the market for £650,000, has been a true passion project for developer Craig Smith – whose parents married in the church.

The original church building was built in 1777 as a tall hall-church, before the clock tower was added to the landmark structure in 1843.

The property effortlessly combines contemporary flourishes with characterful period features, as natural light pours through the lovingly restored stained glass windows, enhancing the luxury of the living area and the scale of a dining space accompanied by a kitchen of outstanding quality.

The kitchen actually includes the original pulpit, refashioned into a unique kitchen island, while the rest of the home is split across three main levels.

The house extends to a generously spacious 8000 sq ft, with two separate staircases leading to the luxurious bedrooms and ensuites formed on the first floor. This clever design maximises the flexible nature of the building.

Rightmove’s property expert Miles Shipside said: “It’s quite astounding to see the level of craftsmanship on display inside this property; the developers have delivered their vision with aplomb and elevated this inspirational building back to its former glory. The renovation should provide a lasting legacy for a site held in such affection by the town’s community. Certainly, this conversion will prove timeless and will delight both its residents and the local community in equal measure.”

This property is listed for sale with Slater Hogg & Howison.

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Look around Helen Mirren’s Prime Suspect pad

National treasure Helen Mirren won a BAFTA for her lead role in Prime Suspect and now you can buy the pad which served as DCI Jane Tennison’s home in the show.

This charming six-bedroom semi in Altrincham featured as the uncompromising cop’s house in series three, four and six of the hit ITV programme.

The Victorian-era property is set in the heart of the leafy and quiet Downs Conservation Area, protected because of the beauty and historic character of its Georgian and early Victorian architecture.

The array of period features includes elegantly proportioned rooms with high corniced ceilings, impressive fireplaces, decorative corbels, stained glass, sash windows and wide bays and an attractive hall with the staircase rising from it.

Outside, there is a large York stone paved patio and a timber pergola sitting area, ideal for summer dining. It looks down towards the large expanse of lawn surrounded by mature borders and trees, retained within traditional brick walling which creates the classic Victorian walled garden.

Rightmove’s property expert Miles Shipside said: “This is a truly charming property in its own right, but I have no doubt buyers will be even keener to view a house in which an iconic Oscar winning actress has plied her trade. It’s a real treat to peek inside these sorts of homes on Rightmove, which are never in short supply.”

This property is listed for sale with Watersons.

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The south coast house hiding a sporty secret

This stunning runner’s paradise is surrounded by lush greenery and the beautiful South Downs, but it’s inside where you’re most likely to burn calories.

That’s because this impressive five-bedroom house in East Sussex boasts its very own, full-size indoor squash court – complete with its own viewing area.

Positioned on the lower ground floor, the squash court is adjoined to a home gym, shower room and sauna.

The house is set in beautiful grounds both to the front and back, with the front garden boasting a lovely central border, mature trees, shrubs and hedging.

The main terrace is also perfectly positioned to take in the gorgeous country views and is large enough to enjoy summer evenings on, with plenty of room for entertaining friends and family.

This property is listed for sale with Winkworth.

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