You’d have to be off the rails to consider digging up beautiful gardens surrounding a £950,000 four-bedroom, seventeenth-century cottage near the quintessentially English village of Ockley but you may well find some hidden treasure.The detached residence was reputedly once home to the Great Train Robbers back in 1963, and where some of the missing £2.6m (worth £40m today) is believed to be buried, it might nudge you towards becoming rather handy with a shovel.
If you’re still not convinced, a photograph of the robbers standing in front of the house is hung in The Punchbowl pub just up the road.
With the recent death of Ronnie Biggs, the Great Train Robbery’s been revisited in the news. Can a tale of train robbers burying money (the bulk of which was never recovered) on Leith Hill lure potential purchasers to this infamous spot?
Despite its criminal past, the train spotting house that’s situated in the heart of the village is surprisingly peaceful, with wisteria twining round the front, inviting open fires and beamed ceilings.
If associations with The Crime of the Century don’t appeal, then buyers might want to focus on the fact that legendary BBC commentator Rex Alson from the Fifties and Sixties (best known for co-presenting the Corporation’s coverage of the Coronation) also once owned the house.
Details of the property can be found at http://www.primelocation.com/for-sale/details/31478003.