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Rock legend Bob Geldof and his French girlfriend, actress Jeanne Marine, have returned from spending a month in a luxurious rented-villa in Majorca. And Priscilla Carluccio sells up in Hampshire
Jeanne Marine and Bob Geldof
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Jeanne Marine and Bob Geldof

Saint Bob's month in Majorca costs £12,500 a week


Pop legend Bob Geldof has just returned from a month in Majorca, having stayed in the same £12,500-a-week villa that he has rented for the past six years. The seven-bed property, between Deia and Soller, is close to palacios owned by Lord Lloyd-Webber and Michael Douglas.

“We’re surprised that he doesn’t buy somewhere there as he loves that part of Majorca so much,” says a local. “He could get a great pad for between £4 million and £6.5 million.”

Instead, the Dun Laoghaire-raised rocker and his French girlfriend, actress Jeanne Marine, prefer his Kent mansion, a former priory, near Faversham. He also owns a rambling Prince of Wales Drive flat in Battersea, where he has raised his daughters Fifi, Peaches and Pixie, and Tiger Lily, his late wife Paula Yates’s love child.


Thomas Castaignède
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Thomas Castaignède
Former Saracens rugby star Thomas Castaignède has sold his six-bedroom Belsize Park home for £2.25 million through Parkheath. He bought the Victorian terrace property shortly after joining Sarries in 2000 because of its proximity to the club’s Watford and St Albans grounds.

The popular “Petit Prince”, considered one of the finest full-backs of his generation, retired after the 2007 Rugby World Cup and is now a banker.

He recalls post-match dinners with distaste. “Meat cooked the English way is like the sole of a rugby boot,” complains Aquitaine-born Castaignède, who has two children by his wife, Celine.


Alex Kapranos
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Alex Kapranos
Alex Kapranos, the lead singer in Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand, has begun looking for a London base. “We’ve been showing him houses in the London Fields/Broadway Market area,” says Davey Stone.

“He’s very choosy — he wants a Victorian end-of-terrace property with a bit of character and some outside space.” The price: £500,000 to £700,000.

The modest, Greek law lecturer’s son still owns his original one-bedroom flat in Glasgow. He also has a mock-Tudor Dumfriesshire house with its own recording studio at Moniaive. “Rock stars used to be as rich as kings,” observes Kapranos, “but I’ve never had a desire to live in a castle or build a guitar-shaped pool.”

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Tycoon Terence Conran’s sister, Priscilla Carluccio, is selling her 16th-century farm in Hampshire for £1.5 million through Savills. “I found this house 28 years ago when the thatch had fallen in and there was no damp-proof course,” she recalls.

The carefully restored three-bedroom property near Froxfield Green includes “a wonderfully peaceful” garden designed by Dan Pearson and a barn/party room. The sale follows her divorce from chef Antonio Carluccio, with whom she founded the eponymous restaurant chain. She has now downsized to a Thamesside flat in a new Battersea development and opened a Knightsbridge clothes and interiors store called Few and Far.

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