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Lovejoy cottage featured in BBC series goes up for sale
Lovejoy's home in Berden is for sale
The period cottage at Berden was used in the 1980s TV series Lovejoy

The Essex home of the 1980s rogue antique dealer 'Lovejoy' from the BBC TV series has gone on sale.

The property, 'The Crump' at Berden on the Essex/Hertfordshire border was home to the fictional antiques dealer played by Ian McShane.

The L-shaped property is made up of three separate 17th century cottages.

"It is very, very 'unique'. A lot of the house you didn't see in Lovejoy probably the more interesting parts," said current owner Steve Cave.

'Lovejoy' had long gone by the time Steve moved into the property three years ago.

"In terms of his presence and fame it certainly adds an interest," he said.

Property was featured in Lovejoy
The building dates back several hundred years

The house sits in six-and-a-half acres, with a hill fort and moat in the grounds.

"Behind the house is a site of a Roman villa, discovered during a geological survey," said Steve.

"There also used to be a similar mound in an adjacent field, but this was ploughed up about 60-years-ago," he added.

Steve said living in such a famous property is not without its problems.

"The disadvantage would be that desire to keep the place maintained, so the window frames we had the paint matched and things like that," said Steve.

"Also, dealing with other people's perceptions of what the place should look like.

"It's only just gone on the market. Hopefully it will appeal to somebody and they'll fall in love with it as I did," he added.

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