REAL HOWARDS END HITS THE MARKET
T he novel Howards End by EM Forster regularly makes it into the top 100 English novels of all time, and viewers will remember its three TV and film adaptations, including during the 1970s starring Glenda Jackson, in 1992 staring Emma Thompson and this year starring Tracey Ullman.
Its plot touches upon the most British of sensitivities – class and wealth – and follows three families from different backgrounds as romance, death and misfortune complicate their lives.
And the house – Howards End – plays a central role in the story as the setting for many of the novel’s dramas.
It is well documented that the inspiration for Howards End was Rooks Nest House, formerly known as Howards. It is where the young EM Foster lived between the ages of four and 14.
Even after he moved out with his parents, he kept up correspondence with friends and locals.
Forster was also keen to see the area preserved and in 1989 The Friends of Forster Country was established to help achieve this aim, which still exists today.
Rooks Nest House is now for sale. It’s a Grade I listed property with a history dating back to Tudor times.
It comes with four- anda- half acres of gardens and fields as well as three reception rooms, five bedrooms and three attic rooms.
It is on the market with local agent Country Properties ( 01483 313393) for £ 1.5 million.