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Last Updated: Saturday, 27 November, 2004, 14:19 GMT
Coward's country house for sale
Noel Coward's former house
The Old Manor includes Noel Coward's bedroom suite
The Kent home of one of Britain's most notable entertainers, writers and authors is up for sale.

For nearly 30 years, Noel Coward owned the house at Goldenhurst, looking out across the Romney Marshes.

The country house became a venue for extended celebrity parties lasting entire weekends during the 20s and 30s.

Owner Amanda King said the house still attracted tourists: "You do get the occasional coach trip. They jump off, take a photo, and get back on again."

Dinner parties

She said there had also been rarer visits by actors and entertainers.

"There are times when someone will turn up in a Bentley and a silver fox gentleman will come out with his cravat and cane and ask to look around, because he was in one of Noel Coward's plays."

Estate agent Edward Church said: "This would have been where Noel Coward would have entertained lavishly huge dinner parties.

"He probably had a very large table in here with all sorts of gentry and actors from London society coming down to the countryside for the weekend."

This is the second time in 50 years that the house has been up for sale.

It was requisitioned during the war and was sold when Coward became a tax exile.

The original, seven-bedroomed part of the house called the Manor, now on the market at 800,000, includes the writer's ground-floor bedroom suite.



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