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Ella Edmondson, daughter of comedians Jennifer Saunders and Ade Edmondson, has restored a derelict Dartmoor cottage; and the Plaza Hotel's famous presidential suite in New York is up for sale
Ella Edmondson
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Ella Edmondson

Moor's the merrier with Ella


If you are born with rich parents it doesn’t half help you place your first foot on the property ladder. But singer/songwriter Ella Edmondson, daughter of comedians Jennifer Saunders and Ade Edmondson, is determined to manage on her own.

She and her builder/carpenter boyfriend Dan Furlong have spent £133,000 through Helmores buying a derelict three-bedroom Dartmoor cottage outside Okehampton, near her parents‘ 400-year-old farmhouse.

“It was empty for eight years and so we had lots of work to do before we could move in,” says the Richmond-raised snowboarding chanteuse. “We’re now looking for a battered barn or out-house to do up. I really enjoy interior decorating and property prices in Devon are holding up well.”


The Bamfords
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The Bamfords
Victory for Sir Anthony Bamford, the JCB diggers tycoon and Tory donor worth £2 billion. He has finally won planning permission to alter Sloane House, the Grade II-listed Georgian mansion in Chelsea that he bought for £26.5 million from Lebanese businessman Ely Calil in 2006.

The extensive alterations include building an underground swimming pool, gym complex and garage for his collection of historic Bugattis - accessed via a car lift. Local objectors included the Chelsea Society and cult architect Joseph Rykwert.

The Bamford country seat remains palatial Daylesford House, a Regency mansion near Stow-on-the-Wold previously owned by the late newspaper proprietor Viscount Rothermere and German steel tycoon Baron Heini Thyssen. Sir Anthony’s entrepreneurial wife Carole even named her organic food shops and restaurants after it.


Duchess of Kent
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Duchess of Kent
The Duchess of Kent’s nephew, chartered surveyor William Worsley, is letting Wool Knoll, his nine-bedroom Yorkshire manor-house, for £3,000 a month through Savills.

The Georgian property, with extensive stabling, a summer house and a two-bedroom staff cottage, lies in the 3,000-acre grounds of Hovingham Hall, his 18th century Palladian mansion and one of northern England’s finest stately homes.

Worsley, deputy-president of the Country Landowners Association, is married to French heiress Marie-Noelle Dreesman and is heir to his octogenarian father, baronet Sir Marcus Worsley, who, after William’s aunt Katharine married the Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Kent, at York Minster in 1961, held the wedding reception at Hovingham.


President Obama
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President Obama
New best friend of the Queen, President Barack Obama, will need to find another roost when he visits New York. For over a century the Plaza Hotel’s Astor Suite has been the unofficial Manhattan White House, ministering to the needs of US presidents from JF Kennedy and Ronald Reagan to both George Bushes.

But now Sotheby’s International Realty are selling this three-bedroom property with its magnificent reception rooms, soaring ceilings and huge picture windows overlooking Central Park. The price: $38 million. “It’s beyond luxurious and is the sort of place where the cupboards are the size of bedrooms,” says an insider.

Obama is now likely to stay at that Art Deco Park Avenue landmark, the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, which already has a Presidential Suite.

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