Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig bond in dream home
The BFI London Film Festival launches tonight and the star of the opening and closing night gala films (globetrotting love story 360 and post-war Britain chronicle The Deep Blue Sea respectively), Rachel Weisz is set to shine. But as well as finding time to work on these and another four upcoming movies, the British actress has also arranged for her north London home to undergo a makeover.
The spacious Primrose Hill property, which Weisz previously shared with her former partner, director Darren Aronofsky, now acts as a UK base for the gorgeous brunette and new husband, 007 actor Daniel Craig. Fittingly, the couple met on the set of upcoming thriller Dream House, in which they play a couple forging a new life in a quaint New England town.
During the past three months workmen have been spotted revamping the four- storey, £3 million townhouse. The new additions include an impressive range of gym equipment as well as top-notch security cameras.
London-born Weisz, who attended St Paul’s Girls’ School in Hammersmith, spoke earlier this year of missing the capital so the two-week festival is a welcome chance to get re-acquainted with the city she loves.
Tantalising taste of luxury for X Factor's hopefuls
At least this year’s X Factor hopefuls can enjoy a spot of luxury as they head for stardom - or not. The producers of the ITV show have rented a £4,000 a month Hertfordshire mansion with its own music rehearsal room, a gym and even a "chillout" area in the attic.
Local entrepreneurs David and Karina Rickards bought the 12,060sq ft property for £5.5 million five years ago. After selling their broadband company, Pipex, in 2003, they rocketed up the rich lists and decided the grand white-rendered home would make a great investment.
The glamorous pile is on the rental market with Savills Harpenden (01582 465 020; savills.co.uk) but producers have secured it until Christmas, and converted the six bedrooms into shared dorms. The property’s seclusion was important after complaints of noise that followed last year’s series when a north London house rented for its boisterous contestants proved too close to its neighbours.
Is Jasper's old house just the carrot to tempt the Blairs?
Barbados's Platinum Coast is the ultimate celeb-spotting zone. Katy Perry and Rihanna (pictured) love holidaying in the area’s famous five-star Sandy Lane resort, which was the glamorous location for Tiger Woods’s wedding to Elin Nordegren.
It is a favourite haunt for high-profile Britons Hugh Grant, Jodie Kidd and, of course, the Blairs. They will surely take an interest in the latest magnificent villa on the block.
Comedian Jasper Carrott owned the former two-bedroom house that has now been transformed into a luxury seven-bedroom, 8,000sq ft mansion for sale for $8 million (£5.1 million).
The home has several vast outdoor terraces and incredible views, and has for its neighbour, Sir Cliff Richard’s six-bedroom island estate. With a prime spot on the exclusive Royal Westmoreland Estate, next to the clubhouse restaurants and leisure facilities, the tropically themed escape is the epitome of Caribbean opulence.
Buy something drop-dead gorgeous from Dropmore
Calling all interior design enthusiasts. An online auction sale will be held on October 18 of some very high-end glitzy homeware from a mansion conversion of the former home of Lord Grenville.
Dropmore House, famous for its arboretum, is on the market again. The Grade I-listed Buckinghamshire mansion was originally built on the grounds of Dropmore Park for the former Prime Minister Lord Grenville in 1792, who cultivated his tree collection there. It was devastated by a fire in 1990, then in 2004 an ambitious restoration plan was approved but never completed.
Now the estate, which was a location for the Doctor Who: Day of the Daleks series, has a mystery buyer, said to have paid around £20 million for it.
Meanwhile, those with a more modest budget can purchase a slice of Dropmore. Wyles Hardy & Co is selling the high-end homes furniture via its website (wyleshardy.com). Pieces from Poltrona Frau and Sawaya & Moroni should attract particular interest. But hurry, the sale comes to an end on October 18, 2011.