Who doesn’t remember the heartwarming sweetness of the John Lewis Monty the Penguin advert?
It showed a little boy called Sam playing with his best friend Monty, soundtracked by Tom Odell. Monty starts to get a little restless, though, and appears to be longing for a penguin companion to love,
Cut to the Sam Christmas morning showing Monty his present – a penguin GF. And cut to us all crying our hearts out.
Now, however, you can live the Christmas dream (as long as you have a spare few million) as the house in the advert has gone up for sale.
This home was featured in the John Lewis advert, and has an upstairs that is currently arranged as a Montesorri schoolroom.
The home was also in adverts with Ford and the junior edition of Great British Bake-off.
Situated in Kingston in Surrey, the house costs £2.8 million and has six bedrooms.
As well as that, the detached Victorian property has three bathrooms, three reception rooms, and a huge garden for the summer months.
The real talking points come from the period features in the house, though, such as the high ceilings and gorgeous fireplaces.
Sadly there’s no penguin included in the sale, but you can definitely imagine putting a big old tree up in that living room and doling out your presents by the fire.
To cook your Crimbo dinner, there’s a huge family kitchen, with the cupboards made of all natural hardwood.
That’s before you peep the beams in the upstairs reception room, which add a touch of character to an already large space.
In terms of the area, Kingston-Upon-Thames is a short train ride into London Waterloo, and you’re close to Richmond Park, a bustling shopping area, and picturesque walks along the Thames (as well as a yearly Regatta).
Daniel Hutchins, head of sales at Savills Richmond, said: ‘Enviably situated within just a few hundred yards of a particularly scenic stretch of the River Thames and delightful Canbury Gardens, this handsome detached Victorian home retains its period integrity beautifully and provides a perfect setting for both family life, and more formal entertaining
‘The house has a wonderful atmosphere, so beautifully captured in the much acclaimed John Lewis Christmas TV advert of 2014 (of penguin fame!).’
£2.8 million is hardly a paltry sum, but if we got all our loved ones to chip in with our Christmas money ahead of time, perhaps it could be a gift even better than Monty got.
We can but dream.
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