Homes gossip: Frank Lampard; Christine Bleakley; Simon Cowell

The perfect pied-à-terre for keen property investors Frank Lampard and his fiancée Christine Bleakley is up for sale; and Simon Cowell picks up a new luxury pad in Beverly Hills

It's not exactly Chelsea

As Chelsea prepare for their next match against Liverpool, I wonder if any of the players have spotted the house for sale opposite their state-of-the-art Surrey training ground.

For a mere £495,000 they could own a charming three-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage (right), is on the market with Savills in Cobham.

It would make the perfect pied-à-terre for keen property investors Frank Lampard or John Terry. Lampard and his fiancée Christine Bleakley (pictured) already own a £5 million mansion in Esher and recently bought a £1 million seaside retreat in West Sussex.

Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell

Simon can unwind in the comfort of his new £4m LA home

If music bigwig Simon Cowell is feeling stressed about this year’s ailing British X Factor ratings, his stunning new home in Beverly Hills should help him unwind. The £4 millon retreat is having a new gym, spa, tanning salon and cinema added. His many celebrity neighbours include Halle Berry and Keanu Reeves.

Cowell’s £12 million London house has also recently undergone a major exterior makeover. He decided the bricks weren’t laid quite neatly enough and had the mortar replaced to meet his fastidious standards.

Anna Friel
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Anna Friel

Anna's bathtime favourite for sale

The house of a top London-based fashion designer is on the market. Sam de Teran’s pieces have been worn by the likes of Carla Bruni, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and Elle Macpherson. Now she is selling her Notting Hill pad for £4.5 million with Hamptons International (020 7034 0404;

Matched to Sam’s stylish standards, the elegant interior of this four-bedroom, three-bathroom house has been used for more than 130 celebrity photo shoots. One of the most memorable was a 3 Mobile TV promotion featuring Anna Friel (left) in its rolltop bath. The house is just moments from the favourite haunts of Claudia Schiffer and Stella McCartney in Ledbury Road and Westbourne Grove.

Lynne Ramsay
Lynne Ramsay

Moby Dick author's home ideal for 'Kevin' director

Following the huge success of We Need To Talk About Kevin, the film’s director, Lynne Ramsay (right), has let slip that her next movie will be a sci-fi adaptation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.

“It is a fantastic novel, an American classic, and I’m working on something loosely based on that,” she revealed.

So she may be interested to hear that the London home that once belonged to Melville has just gone on the market with EA Shaw (020 7240 2255; and Savills Mayfair (020 7578 5100; The Craven Street property has a guide price of £3.95 million and is a Grade II-listed, three-bedroom, freehold townhouse arranged over six floors, with the grandest of period features and a roof terrace with stunning river views.

Between the Strand and Embankment, it is an easy walk to the West End and to the museums and galleries of Trafalgar Square and St James’s.

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