The historic Grade II house that inspired the Cluedo board game is released


A historic home that inspired Cluedo and once hosted Hollywood icons such as Cary Grant, Bette Davis and Errol Flynn has gone up for sale.

The first edition of the iconic board game was even named Murder at Tudor Close after the old hotel before it sold millions of copies worldwide.

The Grade II building became the inspiration for the murder mystery classic after a 1937 renovation that introduced a billiard hall, ballroom, ladies’ bar, and restaurant.

And it’s now being marketed for ‘deals over £ 1million’, with current owners claiming they’ve continued the tradition and hosted popular Cluedo themed parties over the years.

Originally built in the late 1920s in a ‘Tudorbethan’ style, the premises were converted from cottages to hotels in the 1930s.

In two decades as the Tudor Close Hotel, until it was restored to a private home in the 1950s, it was frequented by stars such as Cary Grant, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn and a young Julie Andrews .

The exterior of the property

The entry hall
The entry hall

The iconic premises of Dean Court Road, Rottingdean, East Sussex, were also the backdrop for the 1949 film The Adventures of Jane.

In the listing, Agents Brand Vaughan said: “Follow in the footsteps of Cary Grant and Bette Davies to this unique 4/5 bedroom arts and crafts home with a sun terrace and garage that once formed the entrance main building, the lobby and lounge of the famous 1930s Tudor Close hotel.

“This was frequented by Hollywood stars and renowned for inventing the Cluedo board game, with early editions titled Murder at Tudor Close.”

The house now has traditional oak doors, beamed ceilings and stone fireplaces and a magnificent reception hall, which was once the lounge of the old hotel.

The L-shaped room, which includes the original bar, is said to have hosted Julie Andrews for evenings of singing while her parents worked at the hotel.

Other notable features include the hotel’s phone booth in the lobby and a secret side passageway leading from the kitchen to the bar.

The kitchen area
The kitchen area

The dining room
The dining room

Agents added: “Rated II to recognize its architectural significance, sympathetic upgrades have created a sociable home with 4/5 quiet double bedrooms, two luxury bathrooms, a stylish kitchen-diner and an abundance of cool features. . These include the hotel’s phone booth in the lobby, huge oak beams with beautiful carvings, and an open fireplace in one of the reception rooms. “

“Historic and spacious homes like this don’t appear on the market often and sell out quickly.”

The current owners of the property have described Tudor Close as a “calm and secure oasis in the heart of a historic village”.

They said: “The house is great for entertaining – friends loved coming for our Cluedo parties – and everything we needed – schools, shops, train stations, stables and the cinema are all easily accessible. “

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