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Friday, 23 October 2009

Sunny Heights: for sale - January, 1969.

And after all that nonsense, back to this: Sunny Heights, as advertised for sale in the pages of Country Life magazine, January 23, 1969. "Recently the subject of very considerable expenditure"...you are not joking, mi amigo.
John was ostensibly living here at this time, as Kenwood had just been sold. Or had it? I've recently seen pictures of Kenwood labelled April, 1969, which have John's white Roller outside the front entrance. When exactly was the place sold? And when did John stop living there?
Anyway, Sunny Heights didn't find a buyer for at least a year - and in fact, Ringo returned in September, 1969 for a brief period, before moving to Highgate in London on December 5.
I think this pic is also from inside Sunny, ca. 1968:

Many thanks to Sentimentalist for these.


  1. I recently went to view Sunny Heights a few months back, or Summer Haze as it's now called; it was with Curchods Estate Agents in Weybridge.. the house has been completely refurbished inside. I have the brochure. Also, one thing I did notice was that the abstract paiting in th eliving room is still there! I did not enquire with the agent, as I did not wish them to know that I knew Ringo Starr once lived there.. anyway, to cut a long story short. The house was on the market for 5.7 million (GBP) and I was lucky enough to view it. I have however bought a property in St George's Hill. The conveyance is still going through, and I will send pictures when I get time of both Summer Haze, Kenwood and Tor if you are interested? Many Thanks

  2. Hi Tom,

    That all sounds very interesting indeed! Could you drop me a line via the blog email address...



  3. whatever happened to John's Rolls Royce? Does it still exist?

  4. The original Psychedelic Rolls is in Canada....

  5. It's in Vancouver BC, Canada in the Royal British Columbia Museum.