Sir Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck's former Sussex manor for sale: inside the £4.75m mansion that was the scene of Swinging Sixties parties

Socknersh Manor in Etchingham, East Sussex, played host to celebrity parties when it was owned by former showbiz pals Sir Tom and Humperdinck...

A six-bedroom Sussex mansion once jointly owned by crooners Sir Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck has gone on the market for £4.75 million.

Socknersh Manor in Etchingham, East Sussex, was bought by the chart-topping singers in their heyday and, although they never lived there full-time, they threw lavish parties there at weekends.

The Grade II-listed country pile has a long driveway, pool, cinema, party room, tennis courts, stables, sunken spa, separate self-contained apartment and even a private underground petrol station.

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Parts of the estate date back to the 14th century and there are exposed beams, carved stone fireplaces, chandeliers and dark panelling throughout.

In Sir Tom, 75, and 80-year-old Humperdinck’s heyday, they are believed to have entertained big names at the house, from Elvis Presley to Janis Joplin, Barbara Eden and Jean Shrimpton.

However, the mansion was sold after the singers fell out and has changed hands several times since – although the exact date of when Sir Tom and Engelbert sold up is unknown.

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The coach house features a purple entertainment room, complete with bar, illuminated disco floor and glitter ball

The house has four main reception rooms, a first-floor sitting room, a kitchen/breakfast room, a huge master suite, five further bedrooms and four bathrooms.

The drive leads to beautiful formal gardens, antique fountains and landscaped lawns set in 56 acres of grounds.

The property was advertised earlier this year but failed to sell and is now being advertised by Strutt and Parker who describe it as “a unique and magical period home”.  


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