A woman living next door to the UK’s “most pictured home” says she is all too familiar with waking up to “crowds outside her windows.”
Georgina Kingshott lives in Castle Combe in the Cotswolds, but has laid bare the disadvantages of living somewhere so idyllic – and so saturated with tourists.
She says she often has to “hide out” at the back of her home to avoid being pictured by tourists and says summer is the worst season.
The 44-year-old moved out of London for a quieter life, but soon realised she was just a few doors away from the most pictured house in Britain.
The post-doctoral scientist said: “I dread this time of year, on really hot days it turns into Brighton Beach. I hide out at the back of the house to avoid being snapped – it is the drones that are particularly intrusive.”
As reported in the Mirror, Castle Combe has featured in a number of popular films and tv series over the years. In 1967 the village was transformed into the seaport of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh for Doctor Dolittle. It more recently featured in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse in 2011.
Georgina Kingshott said: “It is the price you pay for living somewhere so idyllic. We have thought about putting signs up telling people this is private land.”
Ms Kingshott also described the behaviour of tourists who visit the village. She said: “People will wade through the water when it is low and have picnics on the side.”
Despite clear signs stating the road is private property, the resident described tourists are often wandering in to have a look at the area and pretty houses.
The cottages overlook the Bybrook River, and the area appears as a picture postcard filled with unspoiled period cottages.
Ms Kingshott added: “My neighbours – who I am great friends with – face the brunt of the problem. People are always sneaking through the gate and ignoring the signs.”
The resident added: “People constantly taking pictures can feel invasive – as soon as they see me pull up in the car, they might think I am an eccentric millionaire.”
The Castle Combe resident also feels she is disturbed during the weekends, as she is “woken up” by “crowds” outside her window from the early hours of the morning.
The popular Bridge House, which has been dubbed the most photographed house in the country is a Grade II listed Cotswold property with period features. The rear gardens are just under half an acre and they back onto Parsonage Wood.
The property was recently listed by a local estate agent but has now been sold. On the property guide, the agent described Castle Combe as one of the “prettiest villages in England.”
Mr Pegler wrote: “The Bridge House is situated in one of the most iconic locations in the village. With stunning enclosed private gardens backing onto woodland, this picturesque setting couldn’t be more quintessentially English country village.”