Something for the weekend at Stoke Park
Here’s your chance to share a mansion with stars such as Johnny Depp and Daniel Craig. They are among familiar guests at Buckinghamshire’s luxurious Stoke Park country club.
The club was a private house from 1066 to 1908, with the 18th- century architecture enthusiast John Penn responsible for most of what can be seen at the resort today.
Stoke Park is where Hugh Grant’s Daniel Cleaver took Renée Zellweger’s big pants-wearing Bridget Jones in the Diary romcom of 2001, and now couples can follow in their footsteps with one-night Bridget Jones mini-breaks available from £245 each (but with a £130-per-person supplement if they want the elegant Pennsylvania Suite where the movie’s sauciest scene was shot).
Loved-up guests who venture from their rooms may spot Holly Willoughby teaching her little ones to swim in the spa pool, or catch the boys from JLS working out in the gym.
A veg garden for Flynn will Bloom
Another celebrity couple tryng to win eco points are Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr. The new parents, who split their time between their London and Los Angeles homes, are keen to make their son Flynn’s upbringing as environmentally sound as possible.
The Victoria’s Secret model wants him to enjoy a flavour of her own Aussie childhood by cultivating a vegetable patch at their Hollywood home. She says: “I had such a wonderful childhood in the country. He is going to have a diverse upbringing.”
If you want to get ahead, get a castle
Nicolas Cage bought and sold one, Madonna got married in one and Lady Gaga was said to be on the hunt for one but if you have £1.1 million to spare, a castle can be yours.
In East Ayrshire, Scotland, Aiket Castle (pictured) is a dream family holiday home providing an escape to the wilds in a charmingly restored 15th-century fortress.
With five reception rooms, six bedrooms and eight bathrooms this is no poky retreat. It stands on an outcrop on the banks of the River Glazert, which flows through the 95-acre grounds. The house is for sale through Savills in Glasgow. Visit savills.co.uk or call 0141 222 5875.
It’s millionaires’ row, Brixton
Levi Roots may be the hottest success story from the BBC’s Dragons’ Den show but he still lives in the housing association flat he rented before he made his considerable fortune.
The 50-year-old Reggae Reggae Sauce entrepreneur lives on a gated Brixton estate paying an estimated £450 a month rent, causing some to claim that he no longer needs a home intended for people on low incomes.
However, Levi, whose spicy barbecue sauces are flying off supermarket shelves, insists he is an inspiration to the children on his street and that he has no desire to move to a big house just because he can afford it.
I guess that’s what you call sticking to your roots.
Brand's got room for a few
Last month I reported that Katy Perry and Russell Brand had put their California mansion on the market for £2.1 million. Well, things move swiftly in celebville. It has since been snapped up for the asking price and we may have got to the bottom of their reason for selling.
The A-list couple are buying a new £4 million home in Hollywood. The Spanish-style property previously belonged to Daniel Laikin, the former chief executive of National Lampoon.
The rumour is that the loved-up pair, who married in a ceremony on a tiger reserve in India last October, are keen to start a family. Hence the desire for a more spacious abode.
The house has nine bathrooms, seven bedrooms and an in-house cinema, which should keep a brood entertained.