Homes gossip: Brad and Angelina, Britney Spears, MS Mouette at Cadogan Pier, Laleham Abbey

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are said to be renting a £20 million mansion on the Wentworth Estate in Surrey. Does this mean the newly-engaged couple plan to spend more time in the capital?
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
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Brad and Angelina join the Surrey golfing set


Spot a star or two. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are said to be renting a £20 million mansion on the Wentworth Estate in Surrey this summer.

The A-listers are thought to be staying in a palatial property backing on to the famous Wentworth golf course, home to the BMW PGA Championship later this month.

With 24-hour security, the 1750-acre Wentworth estate attracts top-notch celebrity residents, business tycoons and even royalty. James Wyatt of estate agent Barton Wyatt says: “It has the feel of an exclusive village with an attractive parade of shops of its own.”

Wentworth is also only 20 miles from central London, with direct train services available. It means the Pitt-Jolie family can enjoy the West End and be tucked up at home within half and hour.


Britney Spears
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Britney sells to the estate agent


Clever Britney Spears, the new judge on Simon Cowell’s US version of the X Factor, has sold her Los Angeles home for more than she asked for it…to an estate agent.

The singer (pictured) bought the five-bedroom Italian Renaissance-inspired villa five years ago and put it on offer for a cool £2.6 million.

The new owner, who has made his own fortune selling homes, was attracted by the location — on an exclusive gated private estate. Now he plans to include a huge new mural of the south of France covering the entire living room wall as part of a £1.24 million makeover.

Meanwhile Spears, 30, will be honing her mentoring skills as she tours America in search of the latest music talent.


MS Mouette at Cadogan Pier

Das Boot is on the other foot in SW3


If the idea of living in a fabulous former ferry moored at Cadogan Pier in Chelsea appeals, MS Mouette will definitely float your boat. The 111-foot vessel has been meticulously restored and turned into a home. Built in Germany in 1939, it has a rare Bauhaus-inspired design.

Thankfully, it was delivered to the other side of Lake Constance in neutral Switzerland just days before the start of the war, thus sparing it military involvement, explains the seller, Wolfgang Steck.

Many of the original features remain, including extensive wood panelling. The top deck is perfect for entertaining, sunbathing or watching the world go by. “It feels like a private island in the midst of the bustling metropolis,” says Steck.

If you have £1 million to splash on a super cruiser contact Harrods Estates (020 7225 6506).


Laleham Abbey

Our Alf’s Surrey mansion


Here’s your chance to live a piece of history. An apartment in Surrey’s famous Laleham Abbey is for sale.

The abbey was built in 1803 for Richard Bingham, the second Earl of Lucan, and was later home to trade unionist turned industrialist Alf Robens — Baron Robens of Woldingham — after he left politics in 1982.

The three-bedroom flat is reached via the listed mansion’s central hall and overlooks part of Laleham Park, which borders a half-mile stretch of the Thames, from a private terrace.

The apartment is for sale for £695,000 with Hamptons (01932 859933).

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