Homes gossip: Halle Berry gets shot of the old love nest

Halle Berry looks ready to cut as many ties as possible with her hunky model ex – she’s selling the old love nest they shared in Canada
Halle Berry
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Halle puts her Canadian home on the market


Halle Berry is spending most of her time in Scotland these days, shooting her latest movie Cloud Atlas. But in between takes the jet-setting star keeps an eye on her property portfolio. She has put her Canadian house on the market for £1.2 million with Sotheby’s International Realty.

The stunning actress, 45, bought the three-bedroom home, which sits on 63 acres of land, for £1.02 million in 2008 with her former boyfriend, Gabriel Aubry, with whom she has a three-year-old daughter, Nahla. The couple parted last year and it looks as if Berry is ready to cut as many ties as possible with her hunky model ex.

They chose the house, in a forest outside Montreal near Aubry’s home town, as a holiday retreat but these days Berry prefers relaxing in her Beverly Hills mansion.


Lord Glenconner and Kent Adonai
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Lord Glenconner's manservant sells the silver and the cufflinks


Lord Glenconner, who died last year, was best known for turning the neglected Caribbean island of Mustique into a glamorous playground for the rich and famous. Rock stars and royalty would attend wild parties at his estate, Beau House, an 18-minute flight away in St Lucia.

The millionaire left the property and all his possessions to his West Indian manservant Kent Adonai (pictured with Glenconner) who is putting the house contents up for sale today at Bonhams (020 8963 2814, bonhams.com).

Among the furniture and jewellery lots are a pair of a birthday cufflinks from Princess Margaret, who burnt her feet in a scalding bath and suffered a stroke while holidaying on Mustique, and photographs by the Earl of Lichfield, the Queen’s cousin.


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Who will open the batting for Mike Atherton's smart Ledbury Road pad?


Tucked away in W11, Ledbury Road is a favourite celebrity haunt. Kate Moss, Lily Allen and Alan Rickman are regular diners at The Ledbury and trendy bar Beach Blanket Babylon is a favourite with socialites and royals — including Prince Harry.

The glamorous location has even featured in films from Match Point to Notting Hill. Now one of its most elegant homes, which previously belonged to cricket champion Mike Atherton, is on the market less than two years after he sold it.

The five-storey, four-bedroom home was much enjoyed by the retired batsman — who captained England a record 54 times — while he was working for Sky Sports.

Crayson is quoting a guide price of £3.95 million for the freehold (020 7221 1117, crayson.com).


John Hawkesworth's former house in Market Harborough

Upstairs or downstairs, this is the perfect country retreat


She may have just missed out on an Emmy for her role as Lady Holland in the BBC revival of Upstairs, Downstairs but Dame Eileen Atkins will always think highly of the show. She and fellow actress Jean Marsh conceived the Seventies original, which was then written and produced by John Hawkesworth.

Now Hawkesworth’s former house in Market Harborough is for sale through Strutt & Parker for £695,000 (01858 433123, struttandparker.com). Many of the early episodes were written in the seclusion of five-bedroom Fishponds House, which was clearly an inspirational country retreat.


Home just off Camden High Street that once belonged to Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Rossetti's home offers another stroke of genius


A terrace home that once belonged to Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the prominent Pre-Raphaelite painter, and his eminent poet sister Christina, is for sale with Chesterton Humberts for £1.29 million (020 7267 2053, chestertonhumberts.com).

The charming four-storey Georgian property is located just off Camden High Street and offers an abundance of original features. With four bedrooms, three reception rooms and two bathrooms it makes a spacious family home.

However, it is the commemorative stone monument recalling the property’s literary past that is really likely to set culture lovers’ hearts aflutter.

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