Homes gossip: Craig David is hunting for new inspiration

Craig David's "inspirational" north London penthouse - which overlooks Hampstead Heath - is on the market for £3.95 million; and pop star Adele decides there's no place like Mum's
Craig David
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Craig David

Craig David once described his north London penthouse as an “inspirational” place for writing music, but with the pad on the market for £3.95 million he will have to find another influential retreat.

Located in a secure gated development in Hampstead, the apartment is one of nine homes in a former hospital. Overlooking the Heath, at one of the highest points in the capital, some say his flat has the best views in town. Residents have exclusive use of a tennis court and a 24-hour concierge service.

Craig bought the four-bedroom, three-bathroom house eight years ago, and spent 18 months with an interior designer turning it into his dream abode. One bedroom is now a recording studio, another a boxing-ring-themed gym. Contact Savills Hampstead on 020 7472 500 or visit savills.co.uk

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Joe and Kristina's celebrity hideaway


Fancy Barbados? Rental villas on the Caribbean island don’t come much more glamorous than Royal Westmoreland’s Celebrity Villa Collection, where Wayne and Coleen Rooney, and Joe Calzaghe and Kristina Rihanoff (pictured) own holiday homes, along with Rio Ferdinand and Steve McLaren.

Villas rent for between £550 and £1,100 a night, all of them furnished and finished to the highest standard.

The outdoor pool and terrace that comes as part of the package is the perfect spot for entertaining or donning those celeb shades and sunbathing. Visit royalwestmoreland.com or call 01524 782 503.


Adele
Adele

Adele: there's no place like Mum's


You might think a pop star as successful as Adele would own a string of stunning properties but the My Hometown singer has revealed there is only one place she can call home - her mum’s south London flat.

The 23-year-old attempted to fly the nest and move to a smart address in Notting Hill but soon realised she couldn’t cope without Mum to keep her organised. When it reached the point where the forgetful singer’s credit card was cancelled, she knew it was time to re-embrace the apron strings once more.

Now the Croydon songstress, who once talked of setting up home in New York, says she’ll be staying put until she is safely married.


Palazzo Dragoni
Palazzo Dragoni, near Rome, has 15 bedrooms

Top London foodie buys himself a palazzo


Marino Roberto has not done badly out of pasta. His Michelin-starred Ristorante Semplice, in Mayfair, is popular with the A-list set, counting the mega-rich of the calibre of Simon Cowell and Andrew Lloyd Webber as his regulars. But Marino is a bit of a property star as well.

For not much short of a million euros he has bought five-storey Palazzo Dragoni, just outside Rome, with a dove cote and 15 bedrooms. Marino is selling his villa in Eze sur Mer, on the Cote d’Azur (where U2’s Bono has a holiday home) and a country house in Umbria, to concentrate on a magnificent restoration of his new purchase that will include giving all the bedrooms equally plush bathrooms.

“It is a historic building with many rooms that are all quite grand, they could have been a salon, bedroom, or bathroom,” he tells me. “It’s in a medieval hilltop village with beautiful countryside views, it is just five minutes from the motorway and an hour from Rome airport.” In London, Marino lives more modestly in a two-bedroom red-brick mansion flat in Mayfair.

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