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Robbie comes out of hiding
Robbie Williams has bought a £7 million country home in Wiltshire. The 18th century home in Compton Bassett, in 71 acres, has eight bathrooms, sauna, swimming pool, gym and a hangar for a helicopter. After five years in the US, he will be living there with his girlfriend, American actress Ayda Field.
“Robbie is moving back to England, where he has a new album out soon,” says an insider. The football-mad Stoke-on-Trent-born crooner has previously lived in Maida Vale, Notting Hill and Chelsea Harbour.
In October 2008 it was reported that he had paid £12 million for a seven-bedroom Mediterranean-style mansion in Beverly Park, a gated Hollywood Hills community where neighbours include Sylvester Stallone, Denzel Washington and Eddie Murphy.
Pop princess Sophie Ellis-Bextor is selling her four-storey, three-bedroom North Kensington home for £1.5 million. “It’s a terrific, very bright house which she’s owned for nearly five years,” say the agents, Bective Leslie Marsh (020 7221 0330).
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“But Sophie and her husband (Richard Jones, bass guitarist with The Feeling) are expecting their second child in April and want more space. She’s looking locally as well as in Chiswick, Maida Vale and Notting Hill.”
The white stucco Victorian terrace property includes a music studio where she has composed many of her recent songs. Her debut album, Read My Lips, sold more than 1.5 million copies in 2001, as well as producing four hit singles.
Harry Potter film producer David Heyman has paid £11 million for his new home with a ballroom. He is the mystery buyer of one of Pimlico’s most unusual properties.
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The three-storey Grade II listed garden-square mansion, on sale through Hamptons, was built in 1859 by Scottish society portrait painter James Rannie Swinton to impress his rich clients. It has a stunning sweeping staircase with a domed ceiling, octagonal studio and ballroom.
Latterly it was used by the vendor, art-loving tax barrister Milton Grundy, as the gallery of his Warwick Arts Trust. “It’s a rather crazy house with huge potential,” says Heyman’s interior decorator wife Rose Uniacke, who has transformed its rather gloomy interior into a set worthy of Hogwarts.
Antiques Roadshow guru and ceramics expert Paul Atterbury is selling Whin Bridge, his quirky, converted railway-carriage home near Bridport, Dorset, for £495,000 through Humberts.
The two-bedroom property in Eype, on the magnificent World Heritage coastline, includes two former beach huts.
“So much of Paul’s work as an antiques pundit and lecturer involves travelling around the country,” explains a neighbour. “So Paul and his wife Chrissie plan to move somewhere with better rail links, either in Devon or Dorset.”