By Jim Johnson

An English countryside retreat tied to both literary and rock and roll history has been listed for sale.

Cotchford Farm was the childhood home of Christopher Robin Milne, who inspired the Winnie the Pooh books. Decades later, it was the getaway for Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones. He drowned there in 1969 under still mysterious circumstances.

Keith Richards, who often referred to the estate as “Winnie-the-Pooh’s House,” claimed in his memoir that property manager Frank Thorogood had made a deathbed confession to murdering Jones. Janet Lawson, the girlfriend of the Stones’ then-tour manager, made the same claim to London’s Daily Mail roughly a decade ago.

Listed at $2.8 million, Cotchford Farm spans almost 10 acres surrounding the six-bedroom house, which was built during the 16th century. The spread also include a guest house and the pool where Jones met his fate. (Daily Mirror)


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