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Spy author John Le Carré’s Grade II-listed six bedroom cottage goes on the market for nearly £2m 

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The former home of spy author John le Carré has been put on the market with a price tag of nearly £2million.

The espionage writer, behind novels such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and the Constant Gardner, moved into the stunning Grade II listed building near Wells, Somerset, in 1965.

He created many of his most famous works from the studio cottage on the grounds which he used as his study.

The current residents of Coxley House, previously Coxley Manor, have since carried out a ‘painstaking’ refurbishment and are now marketing the six-bedroom property with an asking price of £1.95million.

The former home (exterior pictured) of spy author John le Carré near Wells, Somerset, has been put on the market with a price tag of nearly £2million

The former home (exterior pictured) of spy author John le Carré near Wells, Somerset, has been put on the market with a price tag of nearly £2million 

The espionage writer, behind novels such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and the Constant Gardner, moved into the stunning Grade II listed building in 1965 (conservatory pictured)

The espionage writer, behind novels such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and the Constant Gardner, moved into the stunning Grade II listed building in 1965 (conservatory pictured)

From the scullery there is a charming walled courtyard (pictured) with a boot room, boiler room and four store rooms accessed externally

From the scullery there is a charming walled courtyard (pictured) with a boot room, boiler room and four store rooms accessed externally

The three-storey home has six bedrooms (pictured), four bathrooms and a 'delightful' lawned garden which boasts the property's one-bedroom studio cottage

The three-storey home has six bedrooms (pictured), four bathrooms and a ‘delightful’ lawned garden which boasts the property’s one-bedroom studio cottage

Le Carré moved to Coxley Manor following the end of his career as a spy which coincided with the publication of his novel The Looking Glass War.

The author, whose real name was David Cornwell, died last year at the age of 89 from pneumonia.  

The three-storey home has six bedrooms, four bathrooms and a ‘delightful’ lawned garden which boasts the property’s one-bedroom studio cottage. 

The stunning Grade II listed building near Wells, Somerset, is spread across three floors and boasts six bedrooms, four bathrooms and multiple reception rooms (floorplan pictured)

The stunning Grade II listed building near Wells, Somerset, is spread across three floors and boasts six bedrooms, four bathrooms and multiple reception rooms (floorplan pictured)

The current residents of Coxley House, previously Coxley Manor, have carried out a 'painstaking' refurbishment (drawing room pictured)

The current residents of Coxley House, previously Coxley Manor, have carried out a ‘painstaking’ refurbishment (drawing room pictured)

The house has an abundance of charm and architectural features including exposed beams, stone floors, an ornate carved fireplace in the drawing room and an inglenook fireplace in the dining room (pictured)

The house has an abundance of charm and architectural features including exposed beams, stone floors, an ornate carved fireplace in the drawing room and an inglenook fireplace in the dining room (pictured) 

The Grade II listed building boasts a charming walled courtyard (pictured) as well as a lawned garden with views extending across to the field beyond

The Grade II listed building boasts a charming walled courtyard (pictured) as well as a lawned garden with views extending across to the field beyond

The former home of spy author John le Carré has been put on the market with a price tag of nearly £2million (one of the four bathrooms pictured)

The former home of spy author John le Carré has been put on the market with a price tag of nearly £2million (one of the four bathrooms pictured)

Estate agents Strutt and Parker in Bath said: ‘Coxley House is a wonderful example of a Georgian country house, providing both elegant and enjoyable accommodation, set within a pretty village on the outskirts of Wells. 

‘The property has been painstakingly refurbished by the current owners, with great attention paid to retaining and restoring the original features throughout.

‘The house has an abundance of charm and architectural features including exposed beams, stone floors, an ornate carved fireplace in the drawing room and an inglenook fireplace in the dining room.’

All of the principle reception rooms face south over the lawned garden with views extending across to the field beyond (pictured)

All of the principle reception rooms face south over the lawned garden with views extending across to the field beyond (pictured)

The current residents of Coxley House, previously Coxley Manor, have carried out a 'painstaking' refurbishment and are now marketing the six-bedroom (pictured) property

The current residents of Coxley House, previously Coxley Manor, have carried out a ‘painstaking’ refurbishment and are now marketing the six-bedroom (pictured) property

The espionage writer moved into the stunning Grade II listed building near Wells, Somerset, in 1965 and it has now been put on the market for £1.95million (one of the bathrooms pictured)

The espionage writer moved into the stunning Grade II listed building near Wells, Somerset, in 1965 and it has now been put on the market for £1.95million (one of the bathrooms pictured)

Le Carré’s colourful career in espionage after teaching at Eton for two years when he joined the Foreign Office.

He also wrote his first novel, Call For The Dead, which was published in 1961, and this meant the need for a pen name as Foreign Office officials were not allowed to publish books under their own name.

His career as a spy came to an end in 1964 after his name was one of many given to the Soviet Union by a double agent, an incident which inspired a plot line in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. 

John Le Carré: The former spy who became one of Britain’s most critically acclaimed authors 

John le Carré - real name was David Cornwell - was born in Poole and educated at Sherborne School and worked for both MI5 and MI6 in the 1950s and 1960s

John le Carré – real name was David Cornwell – was born in Poole and educated at Sherborne School and worked for both MI5 and MI6 in the 1950s and 1960s

John le Carré – real name was David Cornwell – was born in Poole and educated at Sherborne School and worked for both MI5 and MI6 in the 1950s and 1960s. 

After joining the Intelligence Corps of the British Army in 1950, he later worked covertly for MI5, spying on left-wing groups at Lincoln College, Oxford, to detect any potential Soviet agents. 

Le Carré’s own upbringing is said to have played a key part in his interests in subterfuge.

His father, who was described as a ‘five-star conman’, was a con man who was an associate of gangsters and spent time in jail for insurance fraud.

His mother deserted the family home when he was just five-years-old after walking out on her abusive husband – but Le Carré managed to track her down when he was 21. 

Le Carré’s career as a spy came to an end when it was revealed Kim Philby, one of the infamous Cambridge Five, had shared his true identity with Soviet Russia.

He went on to write 25 books under the pen name John Le Carré, as a means of getting round a ban on Foreign Officers publishing works under their own name, with his body of work dating back to 1961.

The works of Le Carré were often praised for stripping away the glamorous life of a spy often depicted in James Bond novel and instead focusing on the grittier, darker aspects of the job despite one former MI6 boss once claiming his books had given the group a ‘bad name’. 

In a career that spanned nearly 50 years, he would become famed for works such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, both of which would become successful film adaptations and contain his renowned character, George Smiley. 

The father-of-four, who turned down literary honours and a knighthood, spent lockdown at his Cornish home and was outspoken about the Government’s handling of the pandemic.

He died in December last year aged 89 after a short battle with pneumonia. His publisher confirmed he did not have Covid-19.

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Evo Industrial acquires London warehouse (GB)

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Bradda Capital has sold a prime last-mile logistics site in southeast London to Evo Industrial for over €9.3m (£8m). The 3.4-acre site, One Church Manorway, is located in an established industrial area in Erith and has significant development potential. In September 2020, Bradda obtained planning consent to demolish the current 37,662ft² warehouse and to construct a new 60,687ft² facility with a BREEAM sustainability rating of “Very Good”.

 

David Phillips, managing director of Bradda Capital, said: “We are delighted with the level of bidding interest in the site, which reflected the strength of the logistics real estate market. It is an investment that we bought 10 years ago for income with an eye on the growing demand for warehousing in the London area. With leases at expiry, we realised the potential for adding significant value by securing planning consent for a much larger facility of more than three times the volume”.

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Inside six of the most unusual homes for sale on Rightmove

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A £10million mansion with its own vineyard that produces 100,000 bottles of wine a year and a former nuclear bunker costing £50,000 feature in the most unusual homes picked by property website Rightmove.

All six of the most unique homes for sale on the property website made the list for their standout features.

Tim Bannister, of Rightmove, said: ‘It’s such a joy to be able to share these wonderfully unusual properties with the rest of the nation. 

‘From a former nuclear bunker on the south coast to an apartment with a cinema in an underground cave, each one is totally out of the ordinary.’

Here are the six most unusual properties for sale on Rightmove…

1. Former nuclear bunker, Folkestone, £50,000 

Included in the list of most unusual properties on Rightmove is this former Royal Observer Corps nuclear bunker

Included in the list of most unusual properties on Rightmove is this former Royal Observer Corps nuclear bunker

The bunker has a monitoring post with rooms several metres underground, and was built by the Ministry of Defence in 1971

The bunker has a monitoring post with rooms several metres underground, and was built by the Ministry of Defence in 1971

Could you live here? The property in Folkestone has main road access, while the bunker remains in good structural condition

Could you live here? The property in Folkestone has main road access, while the bunker remains in good structural condition

A robust property: Rightmove has described the bunker as 'one of the most impenetrable properties' on its website

A robust property: Rightmove has described the bunker as ‘one of the most impenetrable properties’ on its website

The property is in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the Kent coastline, with views across the sea towards France

The property is in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the Kent coastline, with views across the sea towards France

It’s one of the most impenetrable properties on Rightmove – and this former Royal Observer Corps nuclear bunker in Folkestone is available to buy.

It has a guide price of £50,000, but it is being sold auction via Miles & Barr estate agents, with properties at auction often being sold for more than the initial asking figure.

The bunker includes a monitoring post with rooms several metres underground, and it was built by the Ministry of Defence in 1971.

It is in an area of outstanding natural beauty, opposite the North Downs Way walking path, with views from the site across the sea towards France.

2. Two-bed flat in Nottingham, £325,000 

From outside, there is no indication of the unusual features contained within this two-bedroom flat in Nottingham

From outside, there is no indication of the unusual features contained within this two-bedroom flat in Nottingham

Steps lead down to the lower ground floor flat, which is currently on the market for £325,000 estate agents Liberty Gate

Steps lead down to the unusual lower ground floor flat, which is on the market for £325,000 estate agents Liberty Gate

Unique entertainment space: The flat includes its own underground cave that doubles up as a private home cinema

Unique entertainment space: The flat includes its own underground cave that doubles up as a private home cinema

The flat is part of the St Marys Gate House development, which was originally built as the French Consulate

The flat is part of the St Marys Gate House development, which was originally built as the French Consulate

The cave cinema boasts reclining leather armchairs, a ventilation and heat recovery system and a sizeable wine chiller

The cave cinema boasts reclining leather armchairs, a ventilation and heat recovery system and a sizeable wine chiller

Mixing the old with the new: The flat has a modern kitchen with some clever lighting and exposed brickwork

Mixing the old with the new: The flat has a modern kitchen with some clever lighting and exposed brickwork

This two-bedroom flat includes its own underground cave that doubles up as a private home cinema.

The cave cinema boasts reclining leather armchairs, a ventilation and heat recovery system and a sizeable wine chiller.

The property is being sold via estate agents Liberty Gate, with a guide price of between £325,000 to £335,000.

3. Four-bed house, St Leonards-on-sea, £1.25m 

The perfect pad to party at home? This colourful property in East Sussex has an interesting carnival theme

The perfect pad to party at home? This colourful property in East Sussex has an interesting carnival theme

The St Leonards-on-sea house is being sold via M&W Sales and Lettings, with an impressive asking price of £1.25million

The St Leonards-on-sea house is being sold via M&W Sales and Lettings, with an impressive asking price of £1.25million

The property is called The Bath House: The detached house has four bedrooms, and was once a Victorian Turkish bathhouse

The property is called The Bath House: The detached house has four bedrooms, and was once a Victorian Turkish bathhouse

The house has a bright interior: There are chandeliers hanging from wooden beams and bright red velvet corner sofas

The house has a bright interior: There are chandeliers hanging from wooden beams and bright red velvet corner sofas

Fancy a game? The main living area includes its own bowling alley with a large clown face light display hanging above it

Fancy a game? The main living area includes its own bowling alley with a large clown face light display hanging above it

This colourful property in East Sussex has a carnival theme and includes its own bowling alley in the main living area.

There are chandeliers hanging from wooden beams, bright red velvet corner sofas and ‘dodgem’ artwork on the walls.

The detached house has four bedrooms, and was once a Victorian Turkish bathhouse – hence its name today is The Bath House. It is being sold via M&W Sales and Lettings, and has an asking price of £1.25million.

4. Three-bed house, London, £6.5m 

The London property was designed by Sir David Adjaye, the same architect who designed actor Ewan McGregor's home

The London property was designed by Sir David Adjaye, the same architect who designed actor Ewan McGregor’s home

Not your typical home in the capital: The property in Kings Cross has three bedrooms with unusual features

Not your typical home in the capital: The property in Kings Cross has three bedrooms with unusual features

Making a splash: The main bedroom suite of this London home comes with an enclosed narrow swimming pool

Making a splash: The main bedroom suite of this London home comes with an enclosed narrow swimming pool

Not a single white tile in sight: The swimming pool area has grey tiles with a black painted ceiling and walls

Not a single white tile in sight: The swimming pool area has grey tiles with a black painted ceiling and walls

The Kings Cross property is on the market for £6.5 million and is being sold via estate agents Sotheby's International

The Kings Cross property is on the market for £6.5 million and is being sold via estate agents Sotheby’s International

The main bedroom suite of this house in the heart of London comes with an enclosed swimming pool and private steam room.

The three-bedroom property was designed by Sir David Adjaye, the same architect who designed actor Ewan McGregor’s home.

The Kings Cross property is on the market for £6.5 million and is being sold via estate agents Sotheby’s International.

5. Six-bed mansion with a vineyard, Wales, £10m 

As well as its own vineyard, this sprawling six-bedroom mansion has an outdoor swimming pool and a tennis court

As well as its own vineyard, this sprawling six-bedroom mansion has an outdoor swimming pool and a tennis court

Plenty of open space: Ancre Hill Estates, near Monmouth, in Wales, boasts an enormous 137 acres of land

Plenty of open space: Ancre Hill Estates, near Monmouth, in Wales, boasts an enormous 137 acres of land

The vineyard set-up is being sold as part of the property and it produces  an impressive 100,000 bottles of wine a year

The vineyard set-up is being sold as part of the property and it produces  an impressive 100,000 bottles of wine a year

A chance to enjoy the Welsh countryside: The stunning property is being sold for £10million via Savills estate agents

A chance to enjoy the Welsh countryside: The stunning property is being sold for £10million via Savills estate agents

Ancre Hill Estates, near Monmouth, includes 29.5 acres of vines and supplies wine to some of the world's top restaurants

Ancre Hill Estates, near Monmouth, includes 29.5 acres of vines and supplies wine to some of the world’s top restaurants

The mansion includes a swimming pool surrounding by a patio with plenty of seating areas to entertain at home

The mansion includes a swimming pool surrounding by a patio with plenty of seating areas to entertain at home

Fancy owning your own vineyard? This property in Wales could fit the bill as it produces 100,000 bottles of wine a year.

Ancre Hill Estates, near Monmouth, is tucked away in the Welsh Borders and boasts an enormous 137 acres of land – including 29.5 acres of vines – and supplies some of the world’s top restaurants, including to French chef Raymond Blanc.

Ancre Hill has been recognised in some of the top international wine competitions in the world and won the Bollicine del Mondo in 2012 when its 2008 Sparkling Wine was voted the best White Sparkling Wine in the world. 

At the heart of the estate is a sprawling six-bedroom mansion, which has an outdoor swimming pool and a tennis court. The property is being sold for £10million via Savills estate agents.

6. Houseboat, London, £2m 

This luxurious houseboat once belonged to the French star Edith Piaf who used it on tours around France and Europe

This luxurious houseboat once belonged to the French star Edith Piaf who used it on tours around France and Europe

A quick translation of the boat's name: The houseboat is called Flamant Rose, the French for Pink Flamingo

A quick translation of the boat’s name: The houseboat is called Flamant Rose, the French for Pink Flamingo

A piece of history: The boat has been based at a mooring at St Katherine's Dock marina in London since the late 1990s

A piece of history: The boat has been based at a mooring at St Katherine’s Dock marina in London since the late 1990s

The historic charm of the yacht is felt throughout, with plenty of unique features on show, such as this ship's wheel

The historic charm of the yacht is felt throughout, with plenty of unique features on show, such as this ship’s wheel

This luxurious houseboat, named Flamant Rose – French for Pink Flamingo – once belonged to the French star Edith Piaf, who used it on tours around France and Europe.

The boat has been based at a mooring at St Katherine’s Dock marina in London since the late 1990s, and it is now available to buy for £2million via estate agents Sotheby’s International.

Keen to own your own houseboat? It is on the market for £2million via estate agents Sotheby's International

Keen to own your own houseboat? It is on the market for £2million via estate agents Sotheby’s International

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Search continues for Dublin man missing in US Rocky Mountains

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US park rangers are searching for a 27-year-old Dubliner missing in Grand Teton National Park in the state of Wyoming after his car was found at the start of a hiking trail.

Cian McLaughlin, who studied at Dublin Institute of Technology and works as a snowboard instructor at Jackson Hole in the Rocky Mountains, has not been seen for almost a week.

The Dublin man was reported missing on Sunday morning by Teton County Sheriff’s Office. His car was later found at the start of a hiking trail in the 310,000-acre park.

The National Park Service, the US government agency leading the search for Mr McLaughlin, said he was last seen in the town of Jackson last Tuesday afternoon.

He failed to report for work in Jackson on Thursday and the local sheriff’s office received a missing-person report late on Saturday night.

Grand Teton National Park was contacted early on Sunday when the sheriff’s office received information indicating that Mr McLaughlin may be hiking in the park. A spokeswoman for the National Park Service (NPS) said that park teams with search dogs were out searching the park for the missing man.

She said that Mr McLaughlin is believed to have headed out for a “day hike” without a backpack with him but that “no one knows where he intended to go or where he did go”.

His car was located at Lupine Meadows Trailhead on Sunday morning at an elevation of 6,732ft. The NPS spokeswoman said that there is still snow in the park at about 8,000ft.

Ground-search operations

“Aerial reconnaissance and ground-search operations were conducted in high probability areas in the park on Sunday, June 13th, in search of McLaughlin with no evidence or leads about his whereabouts. Search operations will continue early Monday morning, June 14th,” said the NPS.

In a public appeal, the NPS called on anyone travelling in “backcountry” inside the park since last Tuesday to come forward if they have any information about Mr McLaughlin.

The Dubliner’s Facebook page says he started working at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort last December and that he previously lived in the French ski resort of Chamonix.

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