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Celebrity home front: Tim Henman

Buckinghamshire and other Home Counties in England have emerged as the UK’s property hotspots with the most £1m plus homes.

The latest findings from PrimeLocation.com have revealed Beaconsfield in Bucks is a veritable millionaire’s mile with the highest proportion of pricey properties in the country at 47%.

This part of England is also home to the stars with celebrities such as Cilla Black, David Jason and Ozzie Osborne having an address here.

Even the housing market in London pales beside the Home Counties asking prices, with just 13% of similarly-valued homes on the London market.

Other locations where property is priced at a premium are Virginia Water in Surrey and Much Hadham and Radlett in Hertfordshire, where more than a third of all the houses for sale had seven-figure asking prices.

Meanwhile, Surrey contains the most ‘millionaire towns’, with ten of the 41 hotspots based there. Hertfordshire is represented six times, while Buckinghamshire is represented five times. Overall, some 3.5% of properties on the UK market are valued at more than £1m, the research shows and some 41 towns across Britain have a higher percentage of their homes for sale over £1m than London.

Hilary Devey

Dragon's Den star Hilary Devey is selling her stately pile in Staffordshire due to her TV commitments which keep her in London most of the time.

The beautiful country house, Rangemore Hall near Burton Upon Trent was in fact a former royal residence purpose-built for King Edward VII.

And the extension, which Hilary lives in, is the wing that was created for him.

Now the sumptuous and really grand abode is for sale with an asking price of £2.2m.

The wing was built to enable the King and his entourage to have space during their stay.

Fabulous features here include a spiral staircase, ceiling plasterwork and high ceilings with ornate plasterwork.

Tim Henman

Tim Henman has incurred the wrath of his neighbours by replacing a former cottage with a purpose-built gym. Despite a protest from his parish council, Henman had received planning permission from South Axon District Council to raze the former residence to the ground and build a gym there instead. Henman (37) who lives at Aston Tirrold near Didcot, is now one of a vast army of country house owners to install a private gym.

As well as home cinemas and pools, gyms are the new must-have.

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