Sam Smith had a rather ordinary existence before he became a global superstar with five Grammy awards under his belt.
The singer of Stay With Me and Bond theme Writing’s on the Wall worked in his local shop, in Barley High Street in Hertfordshire, and was a member of the village youth club.
Jasmine Cottage, next to the club, has just come on the market with Cheffins for £375,000. The two-bedroom home is attached to the Town House, which is thought to be one of the oldest village halls in the country and dates from 1530.
The cottage has exposed timbers, a decorative fireplace and a conservatory. Royston station is only 10 minutes away, with trains to King’s Cross in just 38 minutes — so it is a good spot for commuters.