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Paul Merton’s got news for you – he’s selling up
Have I Got News For You panellist Paul Merton is selling his clifftop Arts & Crafts house near Hastings for £925,000 through local agent Freeman Forman. The thatched, three-bedroom home has all the boys’ toys, including home cinema, games room, conservatory and revolving summerhouse.
The move follows the Parsons Green-born Tube driver’s son’s third marriage to comedienne Suki Webster last autumn. “With a new wife in tow Paul probably wanted a change,” says a neighbour. “It’s a beautiful house up a long drive, with dramatic sea views.” Merton was previously married to two other brilliant comediennes, Caroline Quentin and the late Sarah Parkinson.
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Nightclub owner Louis Buckworth is selling his converted photographic studio in Battersea for £1.25 million through Douglas & Gordon, after the break-up of his 18-month marriage to Chloe, the socialite daughter of Chelsea property tycoon Charles Delevigne.
The four-bedroom house features 25ft ceilings, an open-plan living area, two roof terraces and a 12-person steam room. “It’s been a great place to live and entertain in,” says the rakish, Australian barrister’s son who has since dated actress and model Shirley Leigh-Wood Oakes, granddaughter of Richard Greene, TV’s original Robin Hood.
“I’m now looking for a two-bedroom flat, costing about £800,000, in South Kensington or Knightsbridge near my club.”
In 2002 he co-founded the Firehouse club-restaurant, a favourite haunt of Prince Harry and Princess Beatrice. He now plans to open a new restaurant on the Fulham Road site of Sixties trattoria San Frediano.
If you fancy a brush with royalty, the Duchy of Cornwall still has a few weeks spare at Restormel Manor, a mini stately home near Lostwithiel in Cornwall. It became famous last Christmas when Michael and Carole Middleton, parents of Prince William’s squeeze, Kate, rented a wing there. The same four-bedroom property costs £1,500 to £2,900 a week.
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“The manor house has just been refurbished and has all mod cons,” explains the duchy. “It makes a wonderful retreat as it overlooks the beautiful Fowey Valley.”
After 34 years of running his Langan’s Brasserie restaurant empire, Richard Shepherd has sold his five-bedroom Victorian house in Ealing for £1.5 million and “bought the place where I eventually want to retire”.
His new pad is a modern villa near Cassis in the South of France.
“I was determined to be within striking distance of an airport, autoroute, golf course, ski slope and Nice,” says the award-winning Weston-super-Mare-born superchef. “The locals call this area the ‘secret St Tropez’! I’m not going to end my days on the Costa del Ealing!” Shepherd and his wife, Christine, retain their Westminster flat near his restaurant, Shepherd’s.