© Chris Barnham
A rockin’ £6 million buys Morrison’s mansion
Sixteen months after the death of rock’n’roll Svengali Bryan Morrison, his widow, Greta, is selling Bartlett House, their seven-bedroom Georgian mansion in 18 acres, for £6 million through Savills.
The couple lived in the Grade II-listed Berkshire property with their children, Jamie and Karina, for 29 years. “It’s too big for me on my own,” the Dutch-born former Sixties supermodel tells me. “I plan to buy a piece of land nearby and build a new house.”
Hackney-born schmoozer Morrison, who built a £60 million fortune advising stars including The Bee Gees, Wham! and Pink Floyd, founded the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club in 1985. In 2006 his horse tripped and Morrison was left in a coma, from which he never recovered.
No house-hunting necessary for Justin Webb, the elegant new boy on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Despite moving back to London from Washington, where he was the BBC’s North America editor for eight years, he already owned a house in edgy Camberwell.
“We’d let it to a long-term tenant and so were able to move in almost immediately,” says Quaker-educated Webb. The four-bedroom Georgian house is shared with his wife, Sarah, and their three children, Martha, Clara and Sam.
Screen nymphomaniac Kim Cattrall, here to star in Noël Coward’s comedy Private Lives, has rejected the producers’ offer to stay in a West End hotel or serviced apartment.
“I’m living in a mews house belonging to friends,” she says. “I love using my Oyster card on the Tube and buses.”
The thrice-married, Liverpool-born Sex and the City star, normally based in Manhattan, is currently single after a five-year relationship with Canadian chef Alan Wyse, 20 years her junior.
Jeweller Stephen Webster, who designed Madonna’s wedding ring, loves the Kent coast so much he has just swapped his six-bedroom family home near Walmer Castle for a larger house “with amazing clifftop views” in nearby St Margaret’s Bay.
“We’ve moved in but lots of work still needs to be done,” says his St Petersburg-born wife, Anastasia.
The Gravesend-born diamond geezer, whose clients include Ozzy Osbourne, Christina Aguilera and Kate Moss, adds: “Being close to the sea inspires me. The colour of the ocean and the form of the waves have influenced a lot of my designs.”
This A-list couple, who have two daughters, Amy and Nika, also have a West End flat near his Mayfair headquarters.
Victorian sculptor Sir George Frampton once lived at 32 Queen’s Grove, St John’s Wood, which is for sale at £5.95 million through Arlington Residential. Best-known for his charming Peter Pan bronze in Kensington Gardens, he lived and worked at the house from 1894 to 1908. The four-bedroom, white stucco Victorian semi boasts a Blue Plaque beside Frampton’s north-facing, first-floor studio with its dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows.