His newspaper bullets have been described as "legendary," and if the walls of his house could speak, they would undoubtedly have some extraordinary stories to tell.
Nigel Dempster was best known for his celebrity gossip column in the Daily Mail. The editor of the newspaper reported at the time of Mr. Dempster's death in 2007: "His shovels were legendary and his zest for life was inexhaustible."
It may come as no surprise, then, that Mr. Dempster's stunning home in Ham, Surrey was the perfect place to entertain society's glitzers.
Ensleigh Lodge is a beautiful, detached, Grade I listed house in Ham, Surrey that dates back to 1780. It has secure parking and five bedrooms. It is on the market for £ 4.25 million, with sales going through Savills' real estate agents.
Striking: Mr. Dempster lived in the Ensleigh Lodge, a listed house in Ham, Surrey, which dates from 1780
Mr. Dempster was best known for his celebrity gossip column in the Daily Mail
Real estate agent Daniel Hutchins of Savills' office in Richmond praised the house and described it as one of his “favorites”.
He said: "Ensleigh Lodge is a delightful example of an important Georgian listed building, and in my 33 years in the real estate industry, this remains one of my favorite homes."
He added: “The house masterfully combines the charm of the era with modern and naturally bright rooms and is enviable on Ham Common.
"The house is only a few hundred meters from Richmond Park, with its 2,300 hectares of deer and a particularly picturesque section of the Thames."
DEMPSTER'S DAILY MAIL COLUMN
Nigel Dempster was best known for his celebrity gossip column in the Daily Mail. The editor of the newspaper, Paul Dacre, reported at the time of Demspter's death in 2007: “His shovels were legendary and his zest for life was inexhaustible. & # 39;
In Mr. Demspter's eagerly read column for the Daily Mail, he recorded the personal lives of celebrities and the aristocracy.
His responsibilities included the impending breakup of rock star Mick Jagger and his then wife Jerry Hall, the engagement of Prince Andrew to Sarah Ferguson and the resignation of Prime Minister Harold Wilson in 1976.
He was trained at the Sherborne School in Dorset, where, after reaching three O levels, he was identified as a "disruptive influence" after several offenses.
After brief stays in the city and in public relations, Mr. Dempster joined the Daily Express in 1963 before moving to the Daily Mail in 1971, where he stayed until 2003.
He was originally Paul Callan's deputy, but replaced him in 1973 as the journalist for the newspaper. On Sunday 1986, he began writing his column for the post. In 2003, he retired from the editorial offices of the Daily Mail and Mail am Sonntag that bore his name.
The Ensleigh Lodge has a modern extension with an open kitchen and a dining area overlooking the garden
The salon has an original Georgian Convent Siena fireplace with a working open fireplace and a spacious bay window
The house is on the market for £ 4.25m and the sale is being handled by Savills' real estate agents
The historic property has changed hands since Mr. Dempster lived on the property and the current owners have undertaken extensive renovations.
The spacious entrance hall has an ornate Regency fireplace with a wood stove and the windows have the original working shutters. From this room there is a study with a view of the front garden.
There is a formal salon with an original Georgian Convent Siena fireplace with a working open fireplace and a spacious bay window.
The modern kitchen has a seating area and a large wine fridge that is perfect for entertainment
The house is surrounded by well-kept gardens with a York stone terrace and a meadow
The attractive garden has a glass house, water fountains and a Portland limestone bench
The open extension has floor-to-ceiling windows and space for a large dining table
The modern extension includes an open kitchen and a dining area overlooking the garden.
In his advertising literature, Savills explains that there is a large utility room and bathroom on the side of the house that are "perfect for grooming the dog on those muddy, wet days."
It is a perfect hotel for those who enjoy walking as it is only a few hundred meters from Richmond Park.
At the same time with a semi-rural atmosphere, the property also offers good connections to public transport. Richmond Railway Station provides a direct link to London Waterloo and the London Underground District Line.
The house is surrounded by manicured gardens, with a York stone terrace that leads to a lawn with a glass house, water fountains, and a Portland limestone bench from 1850. At the front of the house is a custom electric sliding gate and park off the street.
The detached property has five large bedrooms – and this one has a fireplace
This large on-site bathroom has a shower and a bather with marble tiles
This bedroom has three large sliding windows overlooking the large garden
The house is located next to Ham Common and overlooks an idyllic pond. A few hundred meters from Richmond Park