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Local estate agents are hovering round a certain manor house in the Cotswolds as village gossips predict a sale following the break-up of its owners, Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes
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Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes
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Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes

Local estate agents are hovering round a honey-coloured manor house in the Cotswolds. Village gossips predict it will shortly come on the market following the marriage break-up of its owners, Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes.

The pair bought it in 2002 for £3.3 million from the executors of nonagenarian painter Raoul Millais.

“Kate and Sam spent a fortune restoring the house and turning barns, stables and out-houses into guest space and film-editing suites,” says a neighbour. “But they’ve hardly used it because they’ve always been away filming and their main home is in New York.”

With Cotswolds property prices soaring, the couple could expect to get £6 million to £8 million for it. A friend says the Reading-raised actress will soon begin house-hunting in Primrose Hill, where she lived until 2004.

Calum Best
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Calum Best
Playboy Calum Best, son of football legend George, has found the ideal lair to carry on seducing the capital’s most beautiful women. He has rented a studio apartment for an estimated £310 a week opposite Chelsea football ground.

“It’s a light and airy flat and Calum is very happy there,” says his landlady, advertising guru and property developer Stephanie Whitaker.

Calum has romped with such stars as Kate Moss and Agyness Deyn. Father George died five years ago after a lifetime of boozing and womanising. Calum himself is a reformed drug addict and alcoholic.

Miranda Raison
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Miranda Raison
Actress Miranda Raison, who died shockingly as MI5 agent Jo Portman in the last series of the BBC1 series Spooks, is renting out a cottage on the Suffolk coast near Aldeburgh.

Based in Battersea overlooking the park and near the river, this frolicsome, East Anglian jazz pianist’s daughter married her fellow spy Raza Jaffrey in 2007, although that relationship lasted only two years.

“I have to rent the cottage out for the majority of high season to justify the extravagance,” she laughs. “But luckily I love the low season when no one’s really around.”

Currently appearing in ITV’s comedy drama series Married Single Other, Miranda co-starred in Woody Allen’s Match Point and in the satirical drama Land of the Blind, opposite Ralph Fiennes.

Alain Boublil, the French lyricist who co-wrote the mega-successful musical Les Misérables and Miss Saigon, has sold St Saviour’s House, a converted Victorian Gothic church behind Harrods, for £14.5 million through Charles McDowell.

The Tunisian-born librettist bought the six-bedroom Grade II listed property, with its soaring ceilings, grand staircase and swimming pool, for £8.25 million in 2003 from developer Anton Bilton.

“Alain and his wife [actress/singer Marie Zamora] are now living in New York, where they have an apartment,” says the agent.

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