The rich and famous sometimes like to do things a little differently but, just like us, they need a roof over their heads. If you want to buy a property with provenance, cachet and even a sprinkle of stardust, start by taking a look at this selection for sale. All have belonged to well-known names, from great names in historical literature to showbiz legends and royal dynasties.
1. Nan Les Pins, Provence, France, €3.495m (about £2,945,287)
Former summer residence of Eric Clapton, this beautifully renovated farmhouse sits on 10 acres of landscaped grounds surrounded by forest and is about an hour’s drive from Marseille and Aix en Provence. The main house has eight bedrooms, seven bathrooms, an open kitchen/dining room and a large vaulted living room opening onto the terrace and the garden through large sliding doors. There is also a two-bedroom, two-bathroom annex/guest house, tennis court, pétanque court, gym, swimming pool and fully soundproofed cinema room so you can ride the volume as loud as you want. On the market via Home Hunts.
2. Combe Florey, Taunton, Somerset, £4.5m
Evelyn Waugh – considered one of the great novelists of the 20th century – bought Combe Florey House in 1956 and her family lived there until 2008 when it was acquired by the current owners. Dating back to the 18th century and Grade II listed, it is entered through an elegant reception hall and comprises 12 bedrooms, seven bedrooms, a three bedroom cottage, summer house/party barn and almost 35 acres of land. The TA ground floor orangery serves as a central hub, connecting the informal rooms – kitchen/breakfast room, study, family room and living room – to a trio of formal reception rooms. These consist of a living room, a dining room and – no surprise here – a library. For sale by Strutt & Parker.
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3. Guia, Algarve, Portugal, €5.9m (approx £4,966,926)
Congratulations are in order for the purchaser of this private estate, as it is currently owned by Sir Cliff Richard. He has been coming to the Algarve since the 1960s and bought the property in the 90s but is selling it as it is too big for his needs and is looking for a smaller place. Just 35 minutes from Faro International Airport, it comprises a main farmhouse with six en-suite bedrooms, a three-bedroom cottage, a two-bedroom apartment, an outdoor heated swimming pool, tennis court, gym gym, hot tub, and tons of indoor and outdoor space. entertainment area. On top of all that, it comes with a 300-year-old windmill and its own vineyard that produces grapes that supply a local winery. Get in touch with Fine & Country Algarve.
4. Théoule-sur-Mer, Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, France, €5.95m (about £5,021,866)
Sweet dreams are made of this secluded and very spacious waterfront villa, which belonged to Eurythmics stars Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart from 1988 to 2001. Located on the French Riviera just outside Cannes , it has private access to the Mediterranean Sea, a jetty for mooring your own boat, sunbathing and dining on terraces, and incredible views from almost every angle. Inside you will find five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a living room, a dining room, two kitchens and a fitness room, all fully air-conditioned. Available through Carlton International.
5. Ottery St Mary, Devon, £5.95million
Chanters House is the former home of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who was born here in 1772 and wrote The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan. However, it dates from the 14th century and Oliver Cromwell is believed to have declared civil war while there in 1645. In recent years the 22,000 square foot house has been rewired, re-plumbed and painstakingly restored with new windows to sash window, a new roof and an indoor swimming pool, while retaining all the period features in accordance with its grade II* listing. It includes 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a billiard room, a palm grove, a party room with a bar and a DJ booth in the chapel, and most magnificent of all, a 70-foot-long library containing 22 000 pounds. Contact Strutt & Parker.
6. Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11, £12.5million
Michael McIntyre and Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan are close neighbors to Fairwood, a Grade II listed mansion which was designed by famed architect Sir Edward Lutyens for the McKenna Midland Bank dynasty who lived there from 1935 until the early 1960s After being sold to the Saudi royal family, who owned it until 2002, it was rebuilt in 2006 behind the original facade, making it suitable for 21st century living while keeping the layout true to the designs. by Lutyens. The house has a triple height gallery entrance hall, three reception rooms, library, family room, kitchen/breakfast room, office, eight en-suite bedrooms, a cinema/games room, a gym and a bird sanctuary. Available through Aston Chase and Arlington Residential.