Laurence Olivier’s Chelsea property on sale for £7.5 million

Written on 6 August 2014 by Alistair Boscawen in London, Property News

The run-down, ivy-covered mansion used as a ‘love nest’ by acting stars Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, is on sale in one of the most prestigious parts of London.

A stunning Chelsea four-bedroomed property which Laurence Olivier used to share with his new lover, Vivien Leigh, is on the market for £7.5 million.

The loved-up pair moved into the home while working together on Fire Over England in 1937 – a historical drama set in the era of Elizabeth I. Both stars split with their respective spouses after their secret affair and christened the detached two-storey house ‘Durham Cottage’.

The former coachman’s cottage was built in 1850 and was run by the couple’s small staff of a cook-housekeeper, Vivien Leigh’s personal maid and a daily cleaner. A petition on has been set up by “The Vivien Leigh Circle” and is calling for the property to be listed by English Heritage. At an auction a week ago, there was a final bid of £6.9 million.

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The Daily Mail


Alistair Boscawen

Alistair has 32 years’ experience as an estate agent, starting in the country house department of one of London’s main international agencies before moving to the Knightsbridge house department of the same agency and learning the difference in values between freehold, long lease and short lease houses in Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Chelsea and Mayfair.

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