John Lennon’s fabled home for sale

What was once a haven to John Lennon at the height of Beatle-mania is now on the property market with an asking price of £13.5million.

The house was bought by John Lennon in 1964 £20,000 and it is here that Lennon, his wife and their young son escaped the madness that surrounded the Beatles at the time. It is also the house in which John wrote most of the Sgt.Pepper and The Lonely Hearts Club album.

The house is a sprawling six-bedroom, six bathroom mock Tudor-property. The house was originally built in 1913 and was initially called “The Brown House” but was later renamed to Kenwood when it was rebuilt by manufacturer Kenneth Wood of the Kenwood company.

Set in nearly two acres of grounds, the property has roaming views of the Surrey countryside, with terraced gardens and ponds. When John and Cynthia moved in, they created a bohemian enclave in this most traditional of conservative strongholds, surrounded by golf courses and commuters.

And to listen to the estate agent’s description, you might think the house was simply another property for city workers looking for a bit more space.

“Kenwood is a wonderful character property, yet redone in quite a contemporary style,” explains Edward Shaw of Knight Frank. “This gives it the perfect blend between old and new. Situated in the exclusive St George’s Hill Estate, the property enjoys tranquillity and privacy, while only being 23 miles from central London.”

The home had its fair share of famous guests while the Lennon’s called it home - Bob Dylan, Michael Nesmith of the Monkees and Peter Cook, as well as the other Beatles. 

Paul McCartney is said to have come up with Eight Days a Week in a taxi on the way to the house, and the cover photograph for Rubber Soul was taken here.

Kenwood is no longer the bohemian escape it had been in the days of John Lennon, it is now a state-of-the-art family home, with an indoor swimming pool complex, including a sauna, plenty of parking and guest accommodation. There are also six reception rooms and landscaped gardens – lots of room for the new owners to throw bohemian bashes of their own.

 “Kenwood is a very special place for anyone who is interested in that period of British history,” says Lewisohn. “I don’t subscribe to the theory of it only being a place of interest for Beatles fans. Much of the great British music of the latter part of the 20th century was written here, by an extraordinary young man. He was only passing through Weybridge for four years, but they were an incredible four years.”

Kenwood is for sale through Knight Frank for £13.5?million (020 7861 1552;

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