Oliver Cromwell’s favourite pub
It was called The Three Crowns Inn and, prior to the outbreak of the Civil War, Oliver Cromwell was among the regulars. This former UK pub has been converted into an extra luxury home, worth £659,000, with four bedrooms in the historic centre of Ely, Cambridgeshire. In the city where Crowell lived for about a decade from 1636, after having inherited a house, it is still existing and open to the public. It was in the pub that the English politician was elected head of the Thomas Parsons' Charity, that aimed to help the poorest. The place is full of history, which has been a reference point for city life, a centre of exchanges and discourse. A space that has remained true to itself, with original wooden beams and oak spiral staircases, for a total of almost 160 square metres on three floors, all with authentic seventeenth century steps.
Pub to luxury home
The kitchen remains, but has been renovated and made more modern, fully functional: you can still see the exposed bricks of the past, but stoves and accessories are avant-garde. Intact, on the other hand, is the dining room on the ground level, with paved flooring and an antique fireplace. Here, future owners can relax and immerse themselves in a timeless atmosphere, before retiring to one of the four bedrooms, two on the next floor up and two on the upper. There is also an outdoor area: a well-kept yard of about 10 metres, easy to maintain, and a small garage. In short, a period house of great taste, a stone’s throw from the river Great Ouse and near the marina of the city. "If you plan to live in Ely," said Mark Peck, director of Cheffins, the real estate agency that is selling the property, "this is the best location, within walking distance to downtown, cathedral and train station." A fairytale-looking house, "you don’t see these every day, particularly in such a prestigious part of Ely."
Photo credits, Cheffins