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Unveiling the Enchanting Grendon Cottage: A Slice of Literary and Cinematic History

6th November 2023

Since rebranding as Robinson & Hall Auctions earlier this year, our journey has been nothing short of extraordinary. We’ve held some of our biggest auctions this year, showcasing remarkable properties that tell unique stories. As auctioneers, we have the privilege of handling such an amazing variety of property, often quite unique.

In our February auction, one particular property was Grendon Cottage in Grendon Underwood, near Aylesbury. A ‘chocolate box’ thatched roof cottage with an illustrious history. It was once the beloved home of the mother of none other than the world-renowned author Roald Dahl. This charming cottage which Dahl refers to as ‘Mama’s Cottage’, held countless stories and enchanting memories.

As fate would have it, Grendon Cottage found its new owner in the form of a devoted Dahl enthusiast who wrote a book in his unique style. You can find ‘When Harry Met Saffy: The Start of Something Big’ on Amazon.

This serendipitous connection between the cottage and the Dahl legacy adds an even more endearing touch to the property. It’s as if the spirit of Dahl continues to reside within the thatched roof and timber beams, inspiring creativity in new and unexpected ways.

Grendon Cottage also had another famous occupant – the talented actress Elizabeth Spriggs. Her name may not be as instantly recognisable as Roald Dahl’s, but her work is etched in the chronicles of cinematic history. Elizabeth Spriggs graced the silver screen in movies such as Harry Potter, Sense & Sensibility and Midsomer Murders. The Dovecote in the front garden was a Midsomer Murders prop that Elizabeth saved.

To think that this cottage was once the home of such a talented actress is a testament to the charm and allure of Grendon Cottage. It has been a backdrop for creativity and inspiration, and its walls undoubtedly hold countless untold stories of those who walked through its doors.

The magic of Grendon Cottage has also made headlines in a Yahoo Finance article commemorating International Women’s Day. 🔗

The cottage’s presence in such an article is a testament to the remarkable history that unfolded within its charming confines. It’s not just a house; it’s a place of significance and a testament to the achievements of the women who have called it home.

At Robinson & Hall Auctions, we find it extremely gratifying seeing people and property finding each other. It’s a moment of achievement and satisfaction that fills us with pride. The story of Grendon Cottage continues beyond its sale as its new owner, Hannah, lovingly embarks on a renovation journey, sharing the transformation on her Instagram page. 🔗

Witnessing this transformation is like watching a piece of history come alive. Hannah’s commitment to preserving the cottage’s unique character and history demonstrates the enduring appeal of this remarkable property.

Grendon Cottage has proven that within its picturesque walls lies a rich tapestry of history, literature, and film. It’s more than just a property; it’s a living, breathing narrative. As we reflect on the success and the unique stories our auctions have brought to light since our rebranding, we look forward to sharing more remarkable tales with you.

Our journey as Robinson & Hall Auctions has always been fulfilling but stories like that of Grendon Cottage make our work unique. We take pride in bringing the past and the present together, uniting remarkable properties with passionate new owners.

We eagerly anticipate discovering more concealed treasures as we continue our auction journey and look forward to sharing them all.

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