Homes gossip: tax-haven Jersey scores with Kyran Bracken

Tax-haven Jersey scores with former England rugby scrum-half Kyran Bracken
Victoria and Kyran Bracken
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Victoria and Kyran Bracken
Former England rugby scrum-half Kyran Bracken may have a tendresse for that chav ghetto Hadley Wood but his real passion is tax haven Jersey.

Last summer he sold his rambling Victorian semi there for £1.2 million, but still has on the market a second five- bedroom, recently “de-Tudored” 1930s house at £1.2 million through Statons.

“I’m building a three-bedroom house in Jersey and one day we’ll move over and make it our main home,” he says.

Nicknamed Kyran Broken after his numerous sports injuries he and his wife Victoria have three children, Charlie, Jack and Lochlan.

Eddy Grant
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Eddy Grant
Four years after putting Bayleys, his historic 15-bedroom Barbados plantation house, on the market reggae legend Eddy Grant has finally listened to Savills and cut £4 million off the asking price.

With Simon Cowell, Sir Philip Green, Michael Winner and leading plutocratskis already preparing for their annual Sandy Lane Hotel hols there’s a good chance of a Christmas sale, even at £19 million.

The dreadlocked I Don’t Wanna Dance singer bought his 18th-century home, site of the island’s first anti-slavery revolt in 1816, 30 years ago for “less than £1 million”. Set in 38 acres it has its own football pitch and a recording studio used by the Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello and Sting.

“There’s something special about this place,” says the Kentish Town-born singer. “It has given me very, very great inspiration.”

Henry Channon
Henry Channon
Guinness heir Henry Channon, grandson of diarist Sir Henry “Chips” Channon, is selling his nine-bedroom, Thameside home on Cheyne Walk for £25 million through Savills.

The 17th-century property, boasting one of Chelsea’s largest and most secluded gardens, comes with Mick Jagger and developer Robert Bourne as near neighbours.

“Henry is only selling because both his parents died recently and their estates need to be sorted out,” explains a friend. “It is the most stunning house, with a double-cube drawing room.”

Merrick Francis
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Merrick Francis
Former racehorse trainer Merrick Francis has clipped £300,000 off the £1.9 million asking price of Folly House, his six-bedroom home and training yard in Lambourn, Berkshire.

It comes with a pool, tennis court, walled garden and garages.

“Now my children have left home, we are moving to Upper Lambourn and something more manageable,” says the son of thriller writer Dick Francis.

A toffs’ revolt has broken out in Belgravia between denizens of the Cundy Street flats and their landlord, the Duke of Westminster. Residents, led by estate agent Geoffrey Van Cutsem, Janet Marchioness of Milford Haven and Marie Hely-Hutchinson, say they object to being asked to pay between £16,000 and £23,000 per flat for repairs to roofs and windows.

An insider explains: “The Duke is merely taking a more commercial attitude towards these prime properties, which are dubbed grace-and-favour flats because they’re let on exceptionally low rents to ducal relations, retainers and favourites.”

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