Bats in the attic: as Noel Gallagher faces renovation delays, why are bats protected in the UK and what can you do about them?

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    Bats in the attic

    Rocker Noel Gallagher and radio presenter Kelly Brook are two notable names to have had renovation plans thwarted, at least in the short term, by roosting bats.

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    On hold

    Kelly Brook has applied to build two bat boxes in the chimney of her Grade II-listed home. The radio host is renovating the country pile but an ecology survey found she has long-eared and pipistrelle bats living in the roof. Brook and her boyfriend Jeremy Parisi are having to find ways to house the protected bats and it would seem bat boxes are the answer.

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    More celebrity homes: Kate’s class

    The Surrey primary school attended by British actress Kate Beckinsale is now part of a luxury homes conversion. The Pearl Harbor star was at Flexlands private girls’ school in the Seventies.

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    Commuter base

    The site, disused since 2005, now offers 14 bespoke homes in three landscaped acres of Chobham. It’s an ideal commuter base, with 28-minute trains from nearby Woking station to Waterloo.

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    A-list spot

    Dakota Fanning is the new owner of this elegant house in starry Toluca Lake in the San Fernando Valley, LA. There’s a master suite with vaulted ceiling and a cosy fireplace, a marble bathroom and a balcony overlooking the garden. Fanning, a star of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, paid £2.2 million.

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    Planning dispute

    Supermodel Claudia Schiffer and her movie director husband, Matthew Vaughn, who live in a 14-bedroom Grade I-listed Elizabethan manor house set in 530 acres in Suffolk, have had their objection to a neighbour extending her cottage rejected.

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    Adele’s old estate

    Adele rented Lock House in West Sussex for £15,000 a month. Now, a one-bedroom cottage on the estate has been listed to rent for £81 a night, it’s the perfect winter retreat for a busy Londoner’s weekends away..

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    Leo’s former Holllywood pad

    Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio sold a Spanish-style house he’d owned for 20 years in Silver Lake, LA, for £1.23 million in December. Less than a year later it “flipped”, selling for £2.69 million. To more than double their money in less than a year, the new owners had most period details stripped from the Thirties hacienda. Original wood doors and beams remain while the living room and kitchen is now super-modern.

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    Price cut

    Singer Gwen Stefani has taken a mighty price cut to sell her LA home for £17.5 million. The seven-bedroom property was listed for £28.4 million in 2017 but there weren’t any takers back then.

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    Mark Ronson’s LA mansion

    Mark Ronson has put his fabulous LA house on the market for £4.4 million. The DJ and producer bought the Spanish Revival property in late 2016 for just over £3.5 million. Many of the home’s original features are intact, including the sweeping staircase and Thirties tiles in the bathroom.

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    Buy it for the Banksy

    Some vendors leave the light fittings behind when they sell. Liam West, who runs West Contemporary fine art gallery in Shoreditch, is chucking in framed works worth £15,000 by the likes of Banksy, Charming Baker and Stuart Semple when he sells his two-bedroom penthouse in Hackney Wick.

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    Robbie’s St John’s Wood escape

    The mansion that Robbie Williams and his family “escaped” to during his planning battle with Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page is for sale. Robbie and his wife Ayda reportedly paid £20,000 a month for the late Victorian property. It’s now on the market for £22.5 million.

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    Property portfolio

    Ex-England football captain John Terry has bought his fifth property, a Surrey mansion, for £4.35 million. The fully restored seven-bedroom 18th-century country house in eight acres has a grand entrance hall with Georgian fireplace and a curved staircase.

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    Karlie Kloss selling in New York

    Supermodel and tech entrepreneur Karlie Kloss is selling her cute-and-compact two-bedroom townhouse in New York’s West Village for £2.23 million.

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    Ultra exclusive

    An ultra exclusive apartment is for rent, with interiors by Martin Kemp whose clients include Tom Ford and Roman Abramovich. Done in emerald, charcoal, brass and cream, the flat is in the Clarges scheme on Piccadilly and is available to rent for £7,500 a week.

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    Haslam style

    Interiors king Nicky Haslam did the décor at this one-bedroom, second-floor flat in a glorious period building in St James’s, piling on the gold with his signature flamboyant style. It’s now for sale for £995,000.

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    Inspiration

    A luxurious home is for sale in the former Henley-on-Thames golf clubhouse frequented by James Bond author Ian Fleming. The club was referenced in Goldfinger, when 007 tells the villain he “played off nine at Huntercombe”.

    The clubhouse was converted into six homes in the late Sixties and Chiltern House, one of the most coveted, is on the market with Stowhill Estates for £885,000.

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    On location

    This five-bedroom property in Kempshott Road has been the choice for fashion shoots with model Adwoa Aboah and actress Vanessa Kirby. There is a lovely mix of Twenties grandeur and industrial style, it would make the dreamiest spot for a special occasion. Visit kempshottroad.co.uk to book.

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    City bolthole

    Kanye sold his New York bachelor flat at a reported loss for £2.4 million last summer — but it’s back on the market already, for £3.7 million.

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    Big cheese

    Blur bass player Alex James lived in a Grade II-listed converted warehouse in Covent Garden long before moving to his 200-acre Cotswolds mansion to become a master cheesemaker and festival host.

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    Starchitect credentials

    Remodelled by acclaimed architect Sir Terry Farrell, the warehouse is now on the market for £3.5 million with
    Tavistock Bow. It is also available to rent at £1,650 a week.

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    Glam shoot location

    Cosmetics queen Charlotte Tilbury loved glamorous Victorian Carlton House in Ealing when she used it as a setting for one of her tutorial videos.

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    Period charm

    The seven-bedroom mansion with celebrated period features makes a wonderful backdrop. Oversized parquet spreads across two drawing rooms and the entrance hall, the blue library is sumptuous and the pink sitting room with original marble detail is pretty enough for a beauty Princess. It’s for hire via 1st-option.com.

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    Selling up

    The sister of the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has put her three-bedroom Hyde Park home back on the market for £4.5 million.

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    Kashmira Bulsara has knocked £250,000 off the asking price for the Grade II-listed property, after failing to sell earlier this year. It’s on the market with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices/Kay & Co for £4.5 million.

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    Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas have bought an estate on the outskirts of New York for £3.6 million. There are eight bedrooms, a two-storey panelled library and a terrace overlooking the Hudson River.

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    A stay for rugby fans

    Health and fitness couple James and Chloe Haskell have listed their Northamptonshire home on Airbnb while they’re in Japan for the Rugby World Cup.

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    Game time

    Guests will be able to watch up to six matches at the house during the two-day period, from 11 October until Sunday 13 October, including England vs France, New Zealand vs Italy and Wales vs Uruguay. The rental will cost £400 in total. James and Chloe are donating the fee to Sebastian’s Action Trust, a charity which offers respite breaks to seriously-ill children and their families.

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    Just add pixie dust

    The Kensington house that inspired its owner, the author JM Barrie (1860-1937), to write Peter Pan is for sale.

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    Famous features

    The six-bedroom property, built in 1890, comes with a top-floor balcony window from where Barrie had Peter and Wendy view the London skyline before flying off to Neverland.

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    A cut above

    Alicia Keys and her husband, the rapper and music producer Swizz Beatz, have spent £16.9 million on a breathtaking coastal estate in La Jolla, California.

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    Bieber’s British base

    The sprawling six-bedroom property that Justin Bieber called home when in the UK is on the market.

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    Kitted out

    The I Don’t Care singer fell in love with Steppingstone, with its essential helipad, above the Cheshire Plain.

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    Cult classic

    This house, where Richard E Grant starred on location in the Eighties cult hit film, Withnail & I, is for sale.

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    Tucked away

    In a quiet Notting Hill cul-de-sac, the three-bedroom end-of-terrace home has been renovated and retains a quirky sense of style. This cosy home is on Lurot Brand’s books for £1.75 million.

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    More celebrity homes: So long

    James Blunt’s childhood home is for sale. The pop singer’s father inherited Cley Windmill in Norfolk and converted it into a B&B in 1966. The family sold it several years ago but it is still a guesthouse with 11 bedrooms and a restaurant.

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    City base

    Dua Lipa and her boyfriend Anwar Hadid have apparently started renting a New York apartment together. The One Kiss singer and the brother of Gigi and Bella Hadid have been dating for two months. When she is back in Britain, Lipa lives in Primrose Hill, pictured, while Hadid’s main property is his family’s sprawling mansion in Los Angeles.

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    Paul McCartney’s application to trim trees turned down

    The former Beatle wanted to prune the protected birch, hornbeam and sycamores trees in his garden in north-west London, but Westminster council has said no.

    The pop legend submitted two applications in an attempt to get more light into his three-storey Regency townhouse but the council feels his precious would suffer.
    He can, however, trim three lime trees in his front garden.

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    Meryl’s New York home

    Hollywood royalty Meryl Streep is selling her huge New York penthouse with views of the Hudson River, the Statue of Liberty, the Freedom Tower and the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings.

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    Price cut

    Taking up an entire floor of the River Lofts building in Tribeca, the four-bedroom home has been listed at £20 million in the past, so some might call it a bargain. It’s for sale for £14.8 million with Sotheby’s.

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    Travis Mark for Sotheby’s International Realty

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    James Bond’s Chelsea home

    Here’s a must-have for James Bond fans. In the original novels, Ian Fleming’s heroic secret agent lived in super-smart Christopher Wren-designed Royal Avenue in Chelsea, in a house that’s now for sale.

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    A must for James Bond fans

    The five-bedroom house has failed to leave buyers shaken or stirred, so the price has been slashed by £800,000 to £6 million.

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    Noël Coward’s former filming location

    If you plan to hold a seance any time soon, the house that starred in the original 1945 film adaption of Noël Coward’s play Blithe Spirit, with Rex Harrison as haunted novelist Charles Condomine, is for sale. Denham Mount comes to the market with filming under way on a remake for release next February, starring Judi Dench as eccentric medium Madame Arcati.

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    For sale

    The Grade II-listed Georgian villa is on the market at £6.5 million with Strutt & Parker.

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