THE THIRD MAN’S FOUR BEDROOMS
T he life of Donald Maclean reads like a spy thriller. The Cambridge- educated civil servant rose to senior posts within the diplomatic service in Washington and Paris before being uncovered as a Russian spy.
He was also the ‘ Third Man’ of the ‘ Cambridge Five’ spy ring which included Kim Philby, Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt.
Their spying for the Russians created sensational headlines in the 1950s, 60s and 70s as details of their activities emerged.
Maclean and Burgess sparked an international man hunt in 1951 when they disappeared, reappearing five years later at a press conference in Moscow.
They had defected, as many had suspected.
Philby also later defected while Blunt confessed all, in return for immunity. Maclean left the UK to defect on his 38th birthday, leaving behind his family and semidetached house in Tatsfield, Surrey.
The house – 2 Beacon Shaw – which had been home to a member of the Canadian Airforce during the war – is now for sale.
It has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, three reception rooms, a large garden and outbuildings. It is for sale through Humberts Sevenoaks ( 01732 741212) for £ 895,000.
2 Beacon Shaw, left, and Don Maclean