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New X Factor judge Gary Barlow's former Cheshire home is up for sale, and cricket-crazy popstress-turned-fashionista Lily Allen is planning a post-wedding "cricket tea" - at her Cotswold pad
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Lily Allen
Lily Allen

Bride Lily serves up a cricket tea

Cricket-crazy pop star-turned- fashionista Lily Allen is set to tie the knot with fiancé Sam Cooper at a village church on Saturday and guests are invited to her home for the reception afterwards.

The £3 million, six-bedroom Cotswold pad, in Stroud’s Golden Valley, will be the venue for a post-service “cricket tea”.

Approached via a long driveway protected by the National Trust, the property is thought to date from the 1600s. Though it has been renovated, many period details remain including fine stone fireplaces and carved door architraves.

Gary Barlow
Gary Barlow

Gary's Cheshire cheese

Flash Delamere Manor Estate, once home to Take That’s Gary Barlow, is on the market for £7.25 million. Set in 117 acres of Cheshire, it was bought by the man-band singer in 1995 for £1 million, only to be sold by him later for £4.7 million - helping the new X Factor judge to smooth a move to his current home in Kensington.

The estate includes three properties - a large detached house, cottage and a lodge. The entrance is suitably glitzy for a celebrity resident with electronic security gates opening to a sweeping, tree-lined, brick-paved driveway.

The main house, for sale thorugh Strutt and Parker, retains many of Gary’s “improvements”. As well as four reception rooms, three bedroom suites and three further bedrooms, the buyer gets a custom-built recording studio - where Barlow worked on tracks for Donny Osmond, Charlotte Church and Delta Goodrem - and a full-on, black and white-themed bar with its own Saturday Night Fever-style dance floor.

David and Victoria Beckham
David and Victoria Beckham

Why ask for Malibu when Bude has the stars?

David and Victoria Beckham are spending their summer in a rented Malibu beach pad for £61,000 a month. The five-bedroom property has sea views from every room as well as a gym, sauna, pool and spectacular gardens.

For those who fancy a taste of the A-list life UK-style, The Beach Hut at Bude, north Cornwall, available at a more modest £1,800 a week, counts Kate Winslet among its former guests and was chosen by Demi Moore as a location for the movie Half Light. Built in the Twenties it is the epitome of Cornish seaside living with its stripped floorboards and simple furnishings.

The sound of the surf provides a tranquil backdrop to this cosy hideaway, where Ms Winslet and her mystery holiday pal were able to light the wood burner and stargaze from the outdoor deck.

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