A WOMAN who lives next door to the UK’s most photographed house has told how she is forced to take extreme measures to avoid being filmed.
Georgina Kingshott, 44, moved to picturesque Castle Combe in the Cotswolds in 2019 after leaving London to pursue a quieter life.
But Georgina soon realized she was just a few doors down from Britain’s most pictured house.
The house attracts thousands of visitors every year.
Visitors are excited to see the estate featured in Doctor Dolittle in 1967 and the village of Castle Combe where filming of 2007’s Stardust and 2011’s War Horse took place.
Georgina, a post-doc said: “I’m afraid this time of year, on really hot days, it turns into Brighton Beach.”
“I hide behind the house to avoid getting caught – the drones are particularly intrusive.”
“It’s the price you pay for living in such an idyllic place.
“We thought about putting up signs to tell people it’s private property.
“People wade through the water when it’s low and have picnics along the way.”
Georgina moved to Castle Combe for a “fresh start” in November 2016 and said it was sheer luck that she found a house in the village.
The cottages overlook the Bybrook River – with a view from the nearby bridge onto the main street which is one of the most famous spots in the Cotswolds for its chocolate box look.
Georgina said despite a fence and clear signs indicating the street is hers and hers private propertystill have to deal with ignorant tourists.
She said: “My neighbors – who I’m good friends with – are bearing the brunt of the problem.”
“People are constantly sneaking through the gate and ignoring the signs.
“People who take pictures all the time can feel intrusive – as soon as they see me pull up in the car, they might think I’m an eccentric millionaire.”
“On a Sunday morning I sleep with the window open and can be woken up by the crowds outside who gather fairly early.
“Even on a day like today when the weather isn’t great, there are still a lot of people standing outside.”
The Bridge House – said to be the most photographed house in the country – is for sale.
The Grade I listed triple room is up for sale for a whopping £1.8million.
The real estate agents responsible for selling the property describe the enclosed back gardens as “well landscaped and private”.
The listing states: “They amount to just under half an acre and ensure tranquility.”as they head back to Parsonage Wood.
“The rear gardens are well thought out with a paved seating/patio area leading off the rear of the house to a large level lawn with walkways to either side, well stocked flower beds and a few trees.”