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Savannah fashions a new home in Cirencester
Fashion designer Savannah Miller may have found her dream home near Cirencester — but she has yet to finish renovating it.
“We bought a house last year in need of a lot of work and it’s taken much longer than we thought. But it’s in a really beautiful spot with epic views of the Stroud Valleys and River Severn, and so it will all be worth it in the end,” she enthuses.
The eco-friendly older sister of actress Sienna Miller eventually hopes to add a wind turbine, borehole and solar panels to her existing wood-burning stove and recycled furnishings. After previously living in Devon, she shares this rural retreat with her husband, builder Nick Skinner, their children Moses and Lyra and her stepson Java.
In 2007 the blonde New York banker’s daughters founded their own fashion label, Twenty8Twelve, which is popular with such celebs as Thandie Newton, Kelly Hoppen and Pixie Geldof.
Ion Trewin, literary director of the Man Booker Prize, is selling Beck House, his four-bedroom Norfolk home beside Sandringham for £795,000 through local agent Abbotts.
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The Dersingham property was named after its former owner, Frank Beck, the royal estate manager whose battalion of Sandringham volunteers was massacred at Gallipoli. In 1999 David Jason played heroic Beck in the TV drama All The King’s Men.
“My wife Sue and I love our house but we’ve lived here 10 years and it’s time to downsize,” says Trewin, who edited the lascivious Tory MP Alan Clark’s best-selling diaries. “We now plan to buy a wing of an 18th-century mansion in nearby Snettisham.”
Radio 2 DJ Johnnie Walker has sold his four-bedroom country retreat near Salisbury for £950,000 through Chesterton Humberts. He bought the Grade II-listed barn conversion, with its triple-height vaulted ceiling, for £1 million in 2007.
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The grizzled pirate-radio veteran and his third wife, Tiggy, now plan to sell their two-bedroom Primrose Hill flat and buy a larger London pad nearby.
“We were a bit impetuous when we bought our barn,” he reflects. “But I was still in recovery [from cancer surgery and chemotherapy] and the noise of traffic in London was bothering me. I felt I needed peace and quiet. This home has been perfect for that.”
The Victorian coach house behind a five-bedroom Arts and Crafts house opposite Kew Gardens hides a rock’n’roll secret. Once owned by pop star Phil Lynott from Thin Lizzy, it was used as a recording and rehearsal studio by stars such as Mick Jagger and Bob Geldof in the Seventies and Eighties. Featherstone Leigh is selling the whole 4,200sq ft property, set in half an acre of landscaped grounds, for £2.75 million.
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Irish singer/musician Lynott, married to comedian Leslie Crowther’s daughter Caroline, died in 1986, aged 36, after years of drug and alcohol abuse. His two-storey studio is now used more prosaically as a guest annexe.