Dame Judi Dench’s quiet life in rural Surrey village where homes fetch £937,000

Judi Dench recalls being told she ‘wasn’t right for film’

Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench recently attended the RHS Chelsea Flower Show where she praised one show garden’s use of “re-wilding”.

The Cambridge-based charity Fauna and Flora International replicated the landscape of Central Africa and celebrated the charity’s 120th anniversary.

Dame Judi is one of the charity’s Vice Presidents alongside David Attenborough. She said re-wilding is something she does in her own garden.

The 88-year-old lives in an £8million picturesque farmhouse in Outwood, Surrey which has sprawling gardens, barns, a pond and a swimming pool.

The property, which was built in 1497, includes a separate cottage, and a workshop and is believed to be 7,000 sq ft in size.


Based in the East Surrey countryside, the property is a rural retreat for the actor with Outwood having a population of less than 1,000 people.

However, the Bond icon has previously admitted that the property was “falling down” a bit, according to The Mirror.

Dame Judi told Olly Alexander on the Acting For Others podcast that mice had moved into her home during lockdown.

She said: “The mice have moved in since lockdown and I’m battling the mice. They have moved in and taken over a bit.”

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Surrey is home to many celebrities so it’s no surprise that homes in Outwood, Surrey come with a hefty price tag.

Properties in Outwood had an overall average price of £937,071 over the last year, according to the UK’s largest property portal Rightmove.

The majority of sales in Outwood during the last year were semi-detached properties, selling for an average price of £529,250.

Detached properties sold for an average of £1,480,833. However, sold prices in Outwood over the last year were down by four percent compared to the previous year.

But prices increased by 13 percent compared to their peak of £830,000 which was recorded in 2018.

There are currently five properties for sale in and around Outwood. One of the homes is a five-bedroom detached house on Outwood Common.

The property, which includes an indoor pool, tennis court, separate studio flat, lake, orchard, rose garden and two driveways has a price tag of £3.5million.

Another home for sale is a £1.3million detached, four-bedroom property with over set on over three acres of land.

The 1920s home includes a large driveway, a secluded gardens with areas of lawn, planted borders, two greenhouses and a 19ft detached studio.

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