Goldilocks house

The fairy tale cottage which inspired Goldilocks and the three bears is up for sale

This picturesque property would suit even the pickiest of people (and is the perfect place to enjoy a bowl of porridge)

By Charlotte Brouwer, 20 January 2017
The fairy tale cottage which inspired Goldilocks and the three bears is up for sale

The beautiful, thatched cottage and former home of British author and poet Robert Southey - who wrote Goldilocks and the Three Bears - is up for sale, and could be yours for a cool £1 million. The historic home was where the childhood fairy tale was written and brought to life.

Located in the village of Burton, near Christchurch in Dorset, Burton Cottage was home to the renowned author between 1799 and 1805.

The author first told his story, originally named The Story of the Three Bears, to his friends in 1813. The tale featured three single bears and an ugly old woman as opposed to the family of bears and innocent Goldilocks we know and love today. It wasn't until 1837 that the well-known version was published!

Southey also enjoyed writing letters – many of which were found in the cellar of Burton Cottage after his residency.

Now, nearly two centuries later, the picturesque property maintains its original features on the outside, but has been updated and transformed into a modern family home on the inside.

Less than two miles from the New Forest – which inspired the fictional home of the hungry wolf – the four-bedroom house features a breakfast room (the perfect place to enjoy a bowl of porridge we imagine), reception hall, spacious kitchen and bathroom, office space and even a cinema room.

It’s currently on the market through Lovett International Estate Agents for £1.15 million. We wonder what Southey would have made of such a sum!