Fern Cottage in Cornwall is the top choice among homeowners in the South West
Residents in the South West have voted Fern Cottage from the hit ITV show Doc Martin as their most wanted home, according to a recent survey.
The two-bedroom detached stone property in Port Isaac was chosen as the perfect home by a quarter of local residents. The property, which is also the surgery for the famous TV doctor, boasts stunning views overlooking the harbour and out to the Atlantic.
The quaint Cornish cottage took the number one spot – beating other famous properties including the Geordie Shore house and Buckingham Palace.
Kirrin Cottage from the Famous Five books by Enid Blyton came a close second in the poll. The fictional property, which is home to George and her family in the series of much-loved children’s books, was chosen as the perfect home by one in five local residents, it has emerged.
Although it’s been more than 40 years since Felicity Kendal and Richard Briers starred as Tom and Barbara Good in The Good Life on BBC One, the home of the couple still has an impact. The property came third in the poll of famous properties, with 13 per cent of people choosing the suburban property in Northwood as their ideal home.
The penthouse apartment owned by Christian Grey from the best-selling ‘50 Shades of Grey’ novels followed behind.
The popularity of the British dating reality show ‘Love Island’ on ITV over the summer has also influenced the choice of home. The privately-owned property in Majorca, known as ‘the Love Island Villa’, also made the list in fifth place.
The survey was carried out by Origin, the leading British manufacturer of bespoke aluminium bi-folding doors, residential doors and windows.
Ben Brocklesby, Director at Origin, said: “We’re able to see first-hand what people want when creating their own perfect home, but were curious to find out which well-known properties are favoured, from fictional homes and historic residences to properties made famous by popular culture.
“It’s interesting to see that Kirrin Cottage and the home of Tom and Barbara were both voted so highly in the list, despite not being in the public eye for decades. It shows how as a nation, we still have a love of traditional homes that have a sense of nostalgia to them. The top two choices, Fern Cottage and Kirrin Cottage, are both seaside residence, indicating the continued importance of a good view. It’s all about location, location, location.”
It seems that, despite rising property prices, a townhouse in central London doesn’t always hit the mark – as 10 Downing Street in Westminster, home of the Prime Minster, was chosen by less than four per cent of people.
Another fairly unpopular choice, with only one in 100 voting for the property, was the Big Brother house from the Channel 4 reality TV show.
Beatrix Potter’s Farmhouse, Hogwarts, Bilbo Baggins’ Hobbit Hole, Downton Abbey and The Tardis, home of Dr. Who, were also among the famous properties chosen as the perfect home.
Ben Brocklesby concludes: “What’s interesting is to see that the homes voted as Britain’s favourite remain fairly consistent throughout the generations. Fern Cottage is clearly a timeless property that holds great appeal to homeowners, young and old.”
The South West’s Most Wanted Famous Home
- Fern Cottage, Port Isaac - The home of ITV's 'Doc Martin’
- Kirrin Cottage - George’s home in The Famous Five books, by Enid Blyton
- The home of Tom and Barbara Good in 'The Good Life'
- Christian Grey's penthouse apartment in 50 Shades of Grey
- The Love Island Villa
To find out more, visit www.origin-global.com/advice-centre/Britains-Most-Wanted-Home