If you are in the audience at a Sir Tom Jones concert, in Cardiff playing live with The Stereophonics or anywhere else around the world too, imagine if you could tell the people around you that you also live in one of his houses? There aren’t too many people who can claim to be living in a Welsh icon’s former home.

And if the walls at this party pad could talk would they be revealing colourful stories of A-list celebrity parties and gossip from the time when the boy from Pontypridd became a superstar and bought a swanky Surrey dream home that, at the time, was a high-end, contemporary abode? If you lived on the funky Manygate Lane estate in the 1960s and needed to pop around to the neighbours to borrow a cup of sugar it would not have been unusual for Tom Jones to answer the door and oblige. The Welsh singing superstar, originally from Pontypridd, lived on this estate with his wife Linda and son Mark in the 1960s before he then moved to Sunbury.

Such was the high level of status of this estate near Shepperton Studios that it attracted a range of celebrity homeowners at the time so maybe Marlon Brando, Dickie Valentine, or Julie Christie could have checked their kitchen cupboards for sugar supplies for you too. In his autobiography Over the Top and Back Sir Tom describes many stars gravitating to the area with its “nice houses”, “privacy”, and being “within striking distance of the city” as it’s just 15 miles or so from London.

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Turn back time to the 1960s and you'll find Sir Tom at this party pad
Turn back time to the 1960s and you’ll find Sir Tom at this party pad

The two-storey open-plan houses were designed by Swiss architect Edward Schoolheifer and built in 1964 by the Lyons Group. At the time the modernist design was considered radical and included large windows, wood panelling, and flat roofs with the homes clustered around two landscaped quadrangles. The open-plan living areas were designed to blur the boundaries between the house and the outside with both the front and rear gardens visible from many spaces and from many angles inside – a design that is popular in modern homes today.



Landscaped central gardens at this exclusive estate
Landscaped central gardens at this exclusive estate

Many people like to rummage around in their home’s past when they move in, or over the years of living there, to find out about its background and maybe discover something amazing about their abode. Imagine finding out a Welsh legend used to sleep, eat, and surely sing in the shower at your current home.



Welcome to Sir Tom Jones' former home
Welcome to Sir Tom Jones’ former home



Current owner Adam James
Current owner Adam James



Owner Adam James pays tribute the home's legendary past owner via artwork
Owner Adam James pays tribute the home’s legendary past owner via artwork

But the current owners of Sir Tom’s Shepperton home, Adam James and his partner Brynn Robinson, had no idea they were purchasing a slice of a famous Welshman’s past property history. Only after the sale had completed did the couple find Sir Tom’s name on the original paperwork as a past owner.

Adam told website SurreyLive in 2016: “It was a great added bonus. It’s nice to have a little bit of history. From what I have read he loved living here and gave the house to his parents when he moved to a house in Sunbury.”

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After much discussion the couple decided they had to bring Sir Tom back into the house in some way. Adam joked they discussed creating a “Tom Jones shrine in the toilet” but settled on some large black and white prints of Sir Tom relaxing in the home. These are now displayed mainly in the hall but the crooner’s distinctive looks, that used to compel women to throw underwear at him while he sang on stage, can be seen popping up in photo frames elsewhere around the house too.



Three bedrooms upstairs that used to be decked out in the green, green grass (carpet) of home
Three bedrooms upstairs that used to be decked out in the green, green grass (carpet) of home



Current owners have created a super-stylish, retro-based interior that oozes sophistication
Current owners have created a super-stylish, retro-based interior that oozes sophistication



Surely if you're singing in this shower it has to be a collection of Sir Tom songs?
Surely if you’re singing in this shower it has to be a collection of Sir Tom songs?

Adam said: “This was his first family house he bought. Green, Green Grass of Home was released and rumour has it that he had green carpet laid upstairs in the house. When we moved in we found a bit of it under the wardrobe when we were clearing out upstairs.”

Since then this strip of green carpet has become almost as famous as the house itself, including appearing on The One Show during a feature about Sir Tom.



Adam James with the slice of Tom's green carpet found hidden under a wardrobe
Adam James with the slice of Tom’s green carpet found hidden under a wardrobe

The house now has sophisticated interior design that oozes retro elegance as well as ensuring the owners’ personalities are represented. As well as the home’s truly unique past it still retains many of its classic and much-admired 1960s features including huge windows, wooden panelled ceiling, and New Zealand Jarrah wood floors.

The couple’s interior design taste is influenced by the decade in which the home was built with clean lines and strong accent colours and a 1960s style sofa as the living area’s centrepiece. The ground floor offers a spacious and sociable reception room that spans the width of the house and connects to the garden via a whole wall of glass floor-to-ceiling windows and doors.



Design includes walkways free from walls freeing up the outside views to be shared from many angles
Design includes walkways free from walls freeing up the outside views to be shared from many angles



Sleek contemporary kitchen
Sleek contemporary kitchen



One of the outstanding features of the design is the huge picture windows and glass doors - this is the garden view from the kitchen hob
One of the outstanding features of the design is the huge picture windows and glass doors – this is the garden view from the kitchen hob

The design is as impressive as the home’s past with open doorless walkways flanking the central kitchen that looks out over the rear garden and front door from its forward-facing units. This central zone of the ground floor also houses a cloakroom and two handy storage rooms. Upstairs there are three generous bedrooms and a bathroom with a highly stylish monochrome interior design scheme and the ‘sing Tom Jones songs’ shower.



Lounge boasts a whole wall of glass
Lounge boasts a whole wall of glass



The different levels of the ceiling using different materials too is a 1960s luxury home classic design
The different levels of the ceiling using different materials too is a 1960s luxury home classic design



Retro-inspired yet modern furniture hits the right note between the past, presen, and future
Retro-inspired yet modern furniture hits the right note between the past, presen, and future

Adam and Brynn found Sir Tom’s house in 2000 by accident when two friends were renting on the estate and Adam went to visit them. Adam said: “It was quite dark when I arrived but the whole estate was lit up. It was like I had just arrived in the Hollywood Hills. This is California living in the suburbs.”

The pair were smitten with the location and authentic retro cool each home on the estate oozes from every brick and out of every large picture window but lost out on two. Determined not to give up they seized on the chance to bag this gem, seeing it on one day and putting an offer on it the following day.



Super-stylish outside too
Super-stylish outside too

Since living at the house the pair have been approached by a Sir Tom Jones fan when they were outside gardening and let him have a tour around the house. “He was a big Tom Jones fan and he loved it.”

Here some of the homes that Sir Tom has owned:

Time Line

Sir Tom Jones’ homes


  1. 1940s family home



    The singing legend’s childhood home was in Treforest, Pontypridd – a semi-detached house he lived in in his childhood in the 1940s.


  2. Mid-1960s manor



    Socknersh Manor was owned by Sir Tom – and Engelbert Humperdinck – in the mid-1960s. The grounds extend to 56.31 acres in total and the property has a pool, tennis court and stabling


  3. 1960s party pad



    This ‘60s modernist house near London’s famous Shepperton Film Studios was once owned by the Sex Bomb himself during his first flush of success. He even fitted a ‘What’s New Pussycat’ flap.


  4. 1976 Beverly Hills mansion



    Copa De Oro Road in Beverly Hills used to belong to Dean Martin, but was sold to Sir Tom in 1976. He even installed his own red phone box in the garden to remind him of home.


  5. 1970s house for the folks



    This five bedroom property in Pentyrch was bought by Sir Tom for his parents, Thomas and Freda Woodward. It was put up for sale in 2015.


  6. 2007 Bel Air pad



    In 2007 Tom put this Bel Air pad on the market for an eye-watering $6,000,000.

    However, despite been set on a 2.5 acre private knoll with stunning city views, a lack of interested buyers saw the asking price drop to $3,950,000 before it was eventually snapped up.

Back in the 1960s the house probably set Sir Tom back by around £8,000 but now you’re going to need to find £650,000 down the back of the 1960s retro-style sofa. But any Tom Jones or 1960s luxury property fan will tell you that if you can afford it it’s a small price to pay to bag a property to call your very own green, green grass of home and whether you decide to fit it out with green carpet or not is totally up to you.

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