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Seventies heart-throb Bryan Ferry has rented a newly refurbished two-bedroom Victorian artists’ studio in Chelsea’s arty Glebe Place; and TV chef Aiden Byrne has sold his home in Chiswick and bought a house in Lymm, near Manchester
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Bryan Ferry
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Bryan Ferry

Bryan finds his Avalon in Chelsea

Great excitement in Chelsea’s arty Glebe Place where Seventies heart-throb Bryan Ferry has rented a newly refurbished two-bedroom Victorian artists’ studio for an estimated £1,800 a week. This replaces his former Gerald Row crash-pad off Sloane Square.

“Bryan tries his best to walk around unrecognised but is always being asked for his autograph,” reports a neighbour. “His black Audi is a real babe-magnet,’ the neighbour adds.

The suave Geordie miner’s son previously shared a £10 million mansion near Petworth with his debby ex-wife Lucy Helmore and their sons Otis, Isaac, Tara and Merlin. Once described as “so stylish he should be hanging in the Tate”

Ferry formerly lived with supermodel Jerry Hall and more recently has dated Katie Turner, a backing singer 35 years his junior. Earlier this year, he opened the Cannes Film festival with a performance of the Charles Aznavour song She in front of a star-studded audience.

Moundsmere Manor
Moundsmere Manor
Tory life peer Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay didn’t become Scotland’s third richest person without being a realist. Having put his 15-bedroom Hampshire stately home Moundsmere Manor on the market at £14 million three years ago he has now reduced its price to £10.95 million.

The philanthropic Banffshire mill-owner’s son is ranked 66th in the Rich List with a £630 million fortune. His property portfolio includes a £10 million estate near Cape Town, a £6 million Scottish lair, a £4 million Eaton Square pied-a-terre and a £3 million Monte Carlo apartment. No wonder he and his second wife Christine have never spent a night at Moundsmere, which he bought for £9 million in 2005.

Meredith Ostrom
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Meredith Ostrom
American actress and artist Meredith Ostrom, best-known for her full-length nude self-portraits, is homesick for London after her recent split from Duran Duran drummer Nick Rhodes.

“I used to live off Fulham Road with him,” she says. “But now I divide my time between an apartment in Los Angeles and a family home in East Hampton on Long Island. But I miss London; I’ve lots of friends and the organic blueberry yoghurt is tastier.”

In June, Meredith attends the Edinburgh International Film Festival premiere of Boogie Woogie, the London art-world comedy, in which she and Jaime Winstone play lesbian lovers.

Aiden Byrne
Aiden Byrne
TV chef Aiden Byrne, who at 22, was the youngest person to win a Michelin star in 2005, has moved house. Six months ago he left London, where he had been head chef at Tom Aikens and the Dorchester Grill Room. He bought the rundown Church Green pub in Lymm, near Manchester.

“At first we lived above the premises,” explains the co-star of BBC2’s The Great British Menu. “Now I’ve sold my home in Chiswick and bought a house in Lymm.”

The former Scouse council-estate kid has built a clientele of premier league footballers and chav royalty. Recently he had to turn away Wayne and Coleen Rooney because he has a six-week waiting list.

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