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Chelsea & Fulham’s Green candidate, Julia Stephenson, is a winner in property - she has inherited a six-bedroom house with a wild-flower meadow near Guildford. And interior decorator Suzy Hoodless is selling her three-bedroom investment property near Kidlington, Oxfordshire
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Julia inherits a house but will stay with her chickens

Julia Stephenson
Chelsea & Fulham’s Green candidate, Julia Stephenson, may have lost her deposit in the general election but she is a winner in property. She has inherited a six-bedroom Twenties house with a wild-flower meadow near Guildford, which she is selling for £2.5 million through Knight Frank.

“My late mother (meat heiress Rosamund Vestey) bought the house in Chilworth in 1962 and the area has barely changed since then,” says Stephenson, whose boyfriend of five years is builder Steve Glynn. “It’s been a Herculean task clearing out nearly 50 years of clutter but I’m keeping an adjoining 30-acre field with fabulous views as I don’t want anyone to build on it.”

The novelist’s home remains a top-floor flat off Sloane Square shared with three ex-battery chickens. “Steve has his own place in Pimlico,” she laughs.

Suzy Hoodless
Interior decorator Suzy Hoodless is selling her three-bedroom investment property near Kidlington, Oxfordshire, for £349,950 through local agent Oliver James.

She bought the early 19th-century thatched cottage before Christmas for £200,000, “when it was owned by the local water board and in a real state”, says an employee.

“It’s now modern and comfy, but classic inside, in an idyllic setting by a canal, complete with ducks,” adds former journalist Suzy, whose clients include Chancellor George Osborne’s father, Sir Peter Osborne.

Nick Pisani
Nick Pisani, David Cameron’s former adviser on style and presentation, has sold his three-bedroom Notting Hill home for £1.5 million through Domus Nova.

Although the Kensington Park Road maisonette has a Hanging Gardens of Babylon-worthy roof terrace, it lacks a garden for his dog.

“A stipulation in the sale was that the buyer would look after the plants,” reports a neighbour of the green-fingered former BBC1 Question Time editor, who has now moved to Stockwell.

For £345,000 Chesterton Humberts will sell you an 18th-century semi-detached cottage in Barnsley, a short gallop from the £2.7 million organic farm of Elizabeth Hurley.

The two-bedroom, honey-coloured property near Cirencester adjoins The Village Pub (that’s its name), a favourite watering hole of Liz and husband Arun, and fellow Cotswoldeans, Ruby Wax, Kate Moss and Kate Winslet.

Shirley Temple
South Kensington’s grandest artist’s studio is for rent at a brush-dropping £250,000 a year through Brompton Estates. It was built by Anglo-Irish painter Sir John Lavery, whose sitters included Queen Victoria, George Bernard Shaw and Shirley Temple.

The triple-height studio opposite the Natural History Museum is more than 1,000 sq ft. The three-storey Grade II-listed building is said to be where Sir Winston Churchill learnt to paint.

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