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George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin eyeing up £3million manor of Downton Abbey producer

Post by party animal - not! on Sun Jun 01 2014, 10:07

This in the Mirror this morning -

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George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin eyeing up £3million manor of Downton Abbey producer


George is known to be a Downton fan and recently went on a private set visit at Highclere Castle, arranged by his Monuments Men co-star Hugh Bonneville

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Hollywood superstar George Clooney could soon be lord of an English manor after eyeing up the home of a Downton Abbey producer.


The Gravity actor, 53, has been looking for a house here after getting engaged to London-based lawyer Amal Alamuddin , and is said to be tempted by the £3million 10-bedroom period countryside property in Kent.


George is known to be a Downton fan and recently went on a private set visit at Highclere Castle, arranged by his Monuments Men co-star Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Robert Crawley in the ITV period drama.


And it seems he took inspiration from the sprawling pile, and has made enquiries about one producer’s Grade II listed Georgian home, which boasts almost 10 acres of land and has a further 53 acres up for negotiation.


It also has an outdoor pool, formal gardens, a wine cellar and separate areas to house staff if required – and includes a barn conversion next door.


A source claimed: “George wants to lay down some roots in England and be close to Amal’s family and work.


“She loves rural areas, including Kent and Oxfordshire, so they’re keen to find somewhere picturesque and with some privacy.


He loves the lineage and the fact it is on a large acreage for privacy and to build further if need be.


“It’s isolated and not too grand and that’s the brief they have given their agent.”


George and Amal are set to tie the knot in September, near to their ­one-year anniversary. He is said to have proposed with a £450,000 ring in April.


The couple visited Downton’s grand ­Highclere Castle during a mini-break in the countryside last week.


It prompted speculation they could even consider the historic location as their wedding venue.


It is available to hire from around £14,000.


George met top lawyer Amal – who represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in court – through a mutual friend at a ­charity f­undraising event last year.


He was reported to have wooed the 36-year-old with a string of flirty emails, including one in which he joked that “the reported hottest man in the world should meet with the hottest human rights lawyer in the world”.


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Post by Nicky80 on Sun Jun 01 2014, 10:22

I think Kent would be a better idea then London for them. I have never been to Kent but heard it is nice  Laughing

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Post by party animal - not! on Sun Jun 01 2014, 10:42



I think this is in Oxfordshire/Buckinghamshire, and the house of a famous film producer in the '60s and 70s. Interesting that the Downton connection was overhead somewhere and some bright spark thought they'd made a visit there.

Remember Amal's mother lives in Buckinghamshire, tho this is a way out from there. People from the film world tend to settle out there and commute in to film studios i e Pinewood and Shepperton not that far away.Also a great area for locations - nearby village Fingest was featured in Monuments Men. And there are some great pubs in lovely countryside!

But this is not Richmond (nearer Amal's work), so clutching at straws or two and two making five?

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Post by calypso on Sun Jun 01 2014, 12:31

I found it! :-)
But it doesn't feel "georgy", judging from his other homes. Too isolated, too open.

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Post by party animal - not! on Sun Jun 01 2014, 12:45


It does, Calypso. Beautiful. But miles away from London, airports and film studios.

Take a look at this. Games rooms, pool, gym...........


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Post by LornaDoone on Sun Jun 01 2014, 15:26

Well if he does buy a home there I'll bet he won't spend more than 89 nights there at a time. :-)

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Post by party animal - not! on Sun Jun 01 2014, 15:32


Tax laws, Lorna?

Oh, and a cinema in the last one............

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Post by Katiedot on Sun Jun 01 2014, 16:04

calypso wrote:I found it! :-)
But it doesn't feel "georgy", judging from his other homes. Too isolated, too open.

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 It's similar, but it's not the same house as pictured in the article.  

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Post by Picachu on Sun Jun 01 2014, 16:26

Kent is beautifull and well worth a visit but i hope wherever they buy they are sensible, the south of England had a hell of a time with flooding in January, just be aware if you buy on a flood plane you will encouter problems

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Post by hathaross on Sun Jun 01 2014, 17:09

The house is beautiful!!! Although Amal has her work in London so I can´t see who they would live there... maybe they want to have some calm place near London "without" paparazzi, so many people... so their family can visit both of them and stay there.

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Post by amaretti on Sun Jun 01 2014, 17:48

The house is beautiful . The garden looks so lovely .

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Post by Pita428 on Sun Jun 01 2014, 18:50

A house in the countryside and apartment in town, they can afford both.

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