Cotswold cottage that is believed to be one of most photographed in Britain hits market for £1.8M

A quaint three-bed cottage that is believed to be one of the most photographed homes in the UK has gone on the market for £1.8million.

The Bridge House is in Castle Combe, Wiltshire, which is regularly voted as England’s prettiest village and attracts international tourists.

The Grade II-listed property has also featured on a host of postcards over the years and has been the subject of many paintings by amateur landscape artists.

The cottage overlooks the By Brook river with the view from the nearby bridge up the main street. It is one of the Cotswolds’ most iconic images due to its chocolate box looks and picturesque architecture.

The current owners even saw their home in an advert on a flight to America encouraging people to explore the Cotswolds.

Castle Combe has been used in films and television shows, including the 1967 production of Doctor Dolittle, Stardust in 2007 and War Horse in 2011.

The Bridge House dates from the 17th century and has a wealth of period features including timber beams, mullion windows and attractive fireplaces.

A quaint cottage that is believed to be one of the most photographed homes in the UK has gone on the market for £1.8million. The Bridge House is in Castle Combe, Wiltshire, which is regularly voted as England’s prettiest village and attracts international tourists. Above: The property on a postcard, compared with an old photograph taken in the same spot

The Bridge House dates from the 17th century and has a wealth of period features including timber beams, mullion windows and attractive fireplaces

The Bridge House dates from the 17th century and has a wealth of period features including timber beams, mullion windows and attractive fireplaces

The Grade II-listed property has also featured on a host of postcards over the years and has been the subject of many paintings by amateur landscape artists

The Grade II-listed property has also featured on a host of postcards over the years and has been the subject of many paintings by amateur landscape artists

Castle Combe has been used in films and television shows, including the 1967 production of Doctor Dolittle. Above: The Bridge House can be made out in this scene from Dr Dolittle

Castle Combe has been used in films and television shows, including the 1967 production of Doctor Dolittle. Above: The Bridge House can be made out in this scene from Dr Dolittle

The 1967 version of Dr Doolittle starred Rex Harrison. He is seen above in the role with animals that also featured in the film

The 1967 version of Dr Doolittle starred Rex Harrison. He is seen above in the role with animals that also featured in the film

The house has 2,755 square feet of accommodation with a kitchen and breakfast room, dining room, garden room, drawing room, study/family room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Outside it has half an acre of garden, which backs onto a woodland with wild garlic and bluebells, a garden room/office and greenhouse, carport and workshop.

Castle Combe is a small village with just 340 residents and 107 listed buildings, including a 13th-century church.

In 1967 the village was transformed into the seaport of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh for Doctor Dolittle before featuring again in a subsequent film. 

More recently, it has appeared in Poirot and 2010 film The Wolf Man. 

Matthew Pegler, from estate agent Savills, who are selling the property, said: ‘The house sits right by the bridge. Back in the 1960s they shot Doctor Dolittle with Rex Harrison in the village.

‘The house was in the film, the street was made to look like a harbour.

‘It’s a very iconic spot, people sit on that bridge and with the house and wisteria all looking very pretty, it is a very photographic spot and lots of photos are taken there.

The house has 2,755 square feet of accommodation with a kitchen and breakfast room, dining room, garden room, drawing room, study/family room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms

The house has 2,755 square feet of accommodation with a kitchen and breakfast room, dining room, garden room, drawing room, study/family room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms

Outside it has half an acre of garden, which backs onto a woodland with wild garlic and bluebells, a garden room/office and greenhouse, carport and workshop

Outside it has half an acre of garden, which backs onto a woodland with wild garlic and bluebells, a garden room/office and greenhouse, carport and workshop

One of the home's bedrooms is pictured above. The property is believed to be one of the most photographed in the UK

One of the home’s bedrooms is pictured above. The property is believed to be one of the most photographed in the UK

The Bridge House's kitchen boasts an impressive Aga that would be ideal for hosting family dinners and other culinary occasions

The Bridge House’s kitchen boasts an impressive Aga that would be ideal for hosting family dinners and other culinary occasions

‘The couple that own the house were on a flight back to America, where they’re from, and there was a rolling display advertising ‘explore the UK and the wonderful Cotswolds’ with their house on the picture.

‘It ends up being photographed quite a lot.

‘It is an incredibly pretty house but you don’t get a sense of the size and scale from the front of the house.

‘The property is on a plot of half an acre, which is quite unusual for that village, and has parking, which most houses in the village don’t have.

‘It is well put together and has had work carried out on it during the current owners’ time there over the last ten years.

As well as the Aga, the property also boasts a breakfast bar and original wooden beams stretch out across the ceiling

As well as the Aga, the property also boasts a breakfast bar and original wooden beams stretch out across the ceiling

The property boasts a wealth of original features. Pictured: The 17th-century property's dining room, complete with an ancient door

The property boasts a wealth of original features. Pictured: The 17th-century property’s dining room, complete with an ancient door

The property's floor plan is pictured above. Matthew Pegler, from estate agent Savills, who are selling the property, said: 'Castle Combe is the quintessential country village and because its an area of outstanding natural beauty and has lots of listed properties it's protected so it hasn't changed much over the years'

The property’s floor plan is pictured above. Matthew Pegler, from estate agent Savills, who are selling the property, said: ‘Castle Combe is the quintessential country village and because its an area of outstanding natural beauty and has lots of listed properties it’s protected so it hasn’t changed much over the years’

Benedict Cumberbatch strokes a black stallion during filming of War Horse in the Cotswold village of Castle Combe

Benedict Cumberbatch strokes a black stallion during filming of War Horse in the Cotswold village of Castle Combe 

A horse gallops through a street in Castle Combe as extras look on during filming for War Horse, which starred Benedict Cumberbatch

A horse gallops through a street in Castle Combe as extras look on during filming for War Horse, which starred Benedict Cumberbatch

Peter Mullan and Emily Watson during a scene shot in Castle Combe for the 2011 hit War Horse. The village is a popular filming location

Peter Mullan and Emily Watson during a scene shot in Castle Combe for the 2011 hit War Horse. The village is a popular filming location

Claire Danes strolls through Castle Combe in a lilac dress while holding a green sun umbrella in a scene from Stardust

Claire Danes strolls through Castle Combe in a lilac dress while holding a green sun umbrella in a scene from Stardust 

In 1967 the village was transformed into the seaport of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh for Doctor Dolittle. The film starred Rex Harrison. Above: Harrison is seen in Castle Combe in a scene from Dr Dolittle

In 1967 the village was transformed into the seaport of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh for Doctor Dolittle. The film starred Rex Harrison. Above: Harrison is seen in Castle Combe in a scene from Dr Dolittle

‘The contemporary additions work very well.

‘The owners have loved it and looked after it and it’s with a heavy heart they are now giving it up as they are moving back to America for the kids.

‘It’s very traditional and sums up the Cotswolds.

‘Castle Combe is the quintessential country village and because its an area of outstanding natural beauty and has lots of listed properties it’s protected so it hasn’t changed much over the years.

‘Pretty much all the houses in this older part of the village are original, hence why it gets used in lots of films.’

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