Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Celebrity home front: Amanda Holden

Amanda Holden

Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden (40) is the latest member of the Chipping Norton set, having just bought a house near the Cotswolds market town.

Pregnant Miss Holden and her husband Chris Hughes (36) have just purchased a 17th century cottage for £860,000 to provide them with a rural bolthole within striking distance of London.

And the new residents will be neighbours with Prime Minister David Cameron, former Blur star Alex James and Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson among other well-known folk.

The 400-year-old thatched property, which is set in half-an-acre of land, will be home for the couple and their young daughter, Lexi, five.

And with another baby on the way, the pair have made the move just in the nick of time.

The family now want to split their time between their new country home and their other house in South West London.

A source said: “Amanda loves the rural way of life.

“She and Chris already own a place in Norfolk but they wanted somewhere within striking distance of London to enable them to live between the city and the countryside more equally.

“They are after a better quality of life, particularly with a new baby on the way.”

The picture postcard villages of north west Oxfordshire have become a draw for influential people, who crave the scenic beauty and the quieter pace of life.</>\[Micheal McCready\]

The chocolate box thatched cottage with manicured lawns and pruned shrubs will provide a haven for Amanda and her soon-to-be-extended family when they want to get out of London.

Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig

A new $11.5m penthouse in New York is now home to recently married British actors Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig. The luxury Manhattan pad has 4,350sq ft of space which includes three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a 2,000 sq ft private roof garden with its own fireplace. Ms Weisz has previously lived in New York with her ex-partner Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky, who is also the father of her son Henry (5).

Downton is pushing up period property prices

The power of TV knows no bounds and is even pushing up house prices —for period properties at least.

Hit show Downton Abbey has made house-hunters hanker after historic properties full of period charm, it seems.

One 500-year-old country house in Wales sold for nearly double the price it fetched two years ago, achieving a whopping £2.7m.

Set in two-acres of gardens and boasting an indoor pool, Jacuzzi and tennis courts — the same house sold for £1.4m two years previously.

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