The Grade II-listed house went on sale for £12m in 2009 and is now set to be auctioned for just £2.6m.

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  • A sprawling property once owned by notorious Hollywood reveller Oliver Reed is set to be auctioned with nearly £10m slashed off the 2009 sale price.

    The actor, who starred in the 1968 screenplay version of Oliver! and big budget blockbusters such as Gladiator, lived in Okewood Hill near Dorking, Surrey, during the 1970s. Rumour has it that he allegedly once “kidnapped” the milkman and took him on a two-day drinking binge. 

    The mansion has proved a hit with other celebrity inhabitants since Reed sold it on. These include comedian Jim Davidson who also owned the property before declaring himself bankrupt in 2006.

    What’s the home like?

    Believed to date back to the 16th century, the six-bedroom house is not short on period features. Oak timberwork, open fires and flagstone flooring are all prevalent throughout.

    But it’s been brought bang up-to-date in recent years and now includes an indoor swimming pool, gym and kitchen with all the mod cons.

    There’s a spacious entrance hall, drawing room, sitting room, dining room and family room, along with six bedrooms, five bathrooms and a dressing room.

    The estate also includes an office suite with a triple garage and one-bedroom annex, plus a two-bedroom staff cottage.

    The main house and outbuildings are nestled in 12 acres of scenic grounds with two ornamental lakes.

    Front door to the house.The spacious hallway.The house has been substantially modernised.

    Where is it?

    Okewood Hill sits on the edge of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s just five miles from Cranleigh, thought to be the largest village in England.

    And a little further afield are the Surrey towns of Guildford and Dorking where Reed was often spotted having a quiet drink at the White Horse Hotel.

    How much is it on for?

    The estate was first put up for sale for £12m in 2009 and the price-tag has been gradually knocked down since. In mid-2016, Hamptons International marketed it for £4.95m. It is now for sale by auction for £2.6m via Allsop.

    Average house prices in the area currently stand at £648,200, having increased £223,105, or 39.98%, in the last five years alone.

    The most expensive roads include:

    Kitchen with all the mod cons.Bedroom with exposed timber.One of the six bedrooms in the main house.Bathroom with luxurious bath.

    What is interesting about the area?

    Okewood Hill sits within a much sought-after area of the Surrey commuter belt. It has a distinctly rural feel yet London is easily accessible.

    South West Trains operates a direct 34-minute service between Guildford and London Waterloo.

    Meanwhile, the nearby M23 and M25 both provide good links to central London and Gatwick Airport is a half-hour drive away.

    The indoor swimming pool.One of the two outbuildings on the estate.Back view of the property.One of two lakes on the estate.

    Like the look of the area? Here’s what else is up for sale nearby:

    1. This grand seven-bedroom family home was only built in 2005 and features all mod cons. It is available for £2.5m via Richard Saunders & Company.


    2. This six-bedroom equestrian property comes with a swimming pool, garages, stables and paddocks. It has a £2.9m price-tag via house.

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