A house fit for Chaplin's favourite clown: Spanish-style villa in the Sussex countryside built for the entertainer Sir Norman Wisdom goes on sale for £1.5million

Mail Online | 9/7/2017 | Isobel Frodsham For Mailonline
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A Spanish-style villa which was built for entertainer Sir Norman Wisdom has been put on the market for £1.5million.

Lakers House was commissioned by the entertainer in the early 1970s after the success of his character Norman Pitkin.

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Sir Norman moved to the West Sussex village of West Chiltington in the late 1950s with his wife Freda Simpson and their children Jackie and Nicholas and lived in a 15th century cottage until he designed Lakers House.

The 4,500sq ft house sits in a generous plot of 3.5 acres with formal gardens, paddocks and a swimming pool.

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Sir Norman designed the property to have generous-sized rooms that maximise light. It has a grand entrance hall, kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, sitting room, conservatory, study, games/family room, wine cellar and five bedrooms.

In the grounds is a large garage block big enough for eight cars, which Sir Norman had built to keep a fleet of cars including a Bentley and a Jaguar.

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The garage, which has a bedroom, shower room and hobbies room above, caused a row in the village when he had it built with the parish council clerk branding it an eyesore.

There is also two stable blocks.

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The house is next to the village's cricket ground, which can be seen from a first floor balcony, and tennis clubs so is ideal for sport-lovers, as well as having access to country walks across the downs.

Sir Norman discovered his talent for entertainment while he was serving in the Second World War and had a quick rise to fame after his variety debut in 1945 first in theatre...
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