Pink Panther star's childhood home is up for sale - here's how much it will cost you
THE childhood home of Pink Panther star David Niven has gone up for sale on the Isle of Wight.
Rose Cottage in the village of Bembridge was a seaside haven for the actor when he was growing up.
The five-bedroom Grade II listed property is on the market for £975,000 and is listed by Hose Rhodes Dickson.
While the future Hollywood star lived in Rose Cottage an extra wing of the house was built to the rear of the main building for him and his brother could stay.
Dubbed the ‘sin wing’ according to current owner Margaret Flory Niven’s mother may have built it to try to get more sleep at night.
She said: ‘David and his brother used to come in rather noisily at night and his mother got a bit cross so she built two bedrooms and a bathroom at the back and called it the ‘sin wing’.
‘He loved being down there [at the house]. The boys didn’t get on with their stepfather so it was good for them he didn’t join them there.
‘David talked fondly of it and kept it until after the war.’
David Niven’s father William Niven was killed in the First World War fighting at Gallipoli in 1915. In 1917, his widow remarried to Sir Thomas Comyn-Platt, ‘Uncle Tommy’, with whom the Niven brothers had a difficult relationship.
The Grade II-Listed Regency property is painted in a shade of light pink to go with its name and has five bedrooms, including the two in the ‘sin wing’ which is joined to the main house by a garden room with a large skylight installed by the current owner.
The cottage features wooden beams taken from the original Ryde Pier, opened in 1814 and a later incarnation of which still juts out into the Solent from the town of the same name.
Vikki Bennett, spokeswoman for OnTheMarket, said: ‘To own a house with a history is always a privilege and this five bedroom family home has the added benefit of being large but also cosy and welcoming.
‘It has the perfect mix of being in a central village location for convenience but with secluded gardens to the rear.’
Rebecca Busby, from estate agents Hose Rhodes Dickson’s Country Homes division, said: ‘This is a gorgeous house which has been cared for lovingly throughout the years.
‘The Niven family were very well known locally and the connection with David is fascinating. Now is the time for a new chapter to be written in the history of this remarkable home.’