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What is Britain’s most wanted home?

PUBLISHED: 18:04 31 October 2017 | UPDATED: 18:04 31 October 2017

Christian Grey's plush penthouse apartment

Christian Grey's plush penthouse apartment

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A luxury penthouse resided in by Christian Grey in the ‘50 Shades of Grey’ novels and movies is the home in which many of us would like to live, states a new survey.

The house used in the BBC TV series of the Famous Five as Kirrin Cottage The house used in the BBC TV series of the Famous Five as Kirrin Cottage

The glamorous penthouse resided in by Christian Grey in the ‘50 Shades of Grey’ novels is one of the homes many of us would most like to live in but the favourite was the cottage in the Famous Five books by Enid Blyton.

This was closely followed by the suburban house in TV’s The Good Life and the Cornish abode of TV’s Doc Martin, played by Martin Clunes.

But it was Kirrin Cottage, the fictional home of George and her family located on Kirrin Island in Dorset in the series of much-loved children’s books, which was chosen as the perfect home in a recent survey. This beat other famous properties including the Geordie Shore house and even Buckingham Palace.

And although it’s been more than 40 years since Felicity Kendal and Richard Briers starred as Tom and Barbara Good in The Good Life on BBC One, the home of the couple still has an impact. The property came second in the poll of famous properties, with one in five choosing the suburban property in Northwood as their ideal home. Seaside retreats scored highly though with the quaint Cornish cottage owned by ITV’s Doc Martin being voted in third place, with 16 per cent of those interviewed wanting to live in Fern Cottage in Port Isaac. The two-bedroom detached stone cottage has stunning views overlooking the harbour and out to the Atlantic.

The house used in the BBC TV series The Good Life The house used in the BBC TV series The Good Life

The house used in the Doc Martin series. Pic courtesy of Knight Frank. The house used in the Doc Martin series. Pic courtesy of Knight Frank.

The penthouse apartment owned by Christian Grey from the best-selling ‘50 Shades of Grey’ novels followed closely behind. The popularity of the British dating reality show ‘Love Island’ on ITV over the summer has also influenced the choice of home. The privately-owned property in Majorca, known as ‘the Love Island Villa’, also made the list in fifth place.

The survey was carried out by Origin, a British manufacturer of bespoke aluminium bi-folding doors, residential doors and windows. Ben Brocklesby, director, said: “We’re able to see first-hand what people want when creating their own perfect home, but were curious to find out which well-known properties the nation favours, from fictional homes and historic residences to properties made famous by popular culture.

“It’s interesting to see that Kirrin Cottage and the home of Tom and Barbara were both voted so highly in the list, despite not being in the public eye for decades. It shows how as a nation, we still have a love of traditional homes that have a sense of nostalgia to them.”

It seems that, despite rising property prices, a townhouse in central London doesn’t always hit the mark – as 10 Downing Street in Westminster, home of the Prime Minster, was chosen by less than four per cent of people.

Another fairly unpopular choice, with only one in 100 voting for the property, was the Big Brother house from the Channel 4 reality TV show.

Beatrix Potter’s Farmhouse, Hogwarts, Bilbo Baggins’ Hobbit Hole, Downton Abbey and The Tardis, home of Dr. Who, were also among the famous properties chosen as the perfect home.

To find out more, visit www.origin-global.com/advice-centre/Britains-Most-Wanted-Home

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