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George and Amal Clooney 'build a luxurious all-weather tennis court' in the grounds of their sprawling £20million Berkshire mansion
By Abby Rose For Mailonline
PUBLISHED: 01:46 BST, 14 May 2017 |
They renovated their stunning £20 million property in Sonning-On-Thames, Berkshire, in late 2015.
And expectant parents George and Amal Clooney have added another flourish to their luxurious home - by building an all-weather tennis court in the grounds of the estate.
Speaking to the Daily Star, residents have noted they can hear 56-year-old George playing tennis in the court - and mother-to-be Amal, 39, is sure to join him as soon as she welcomes the new addition to their family.
Life of luxury: Expectant parents George and Amal Clooney have added another flourish to their luxurious £20 million home - by building an all-weather tennis court in the grounds of the estate
One resident told the Star: 'George and Amal are spending a lot of time here at the moment but tend to keep themselves to themselves.
A friend said: 'George and Amal are very keen to do the best for their first baby - or babies.'MailOnline has contacted George's representatives for further comment.
Stunning: They renovated their stunning £20 million property in Sonning-On-Thames, Berkshire, in late 2015
George wed Amal in 2014, and bought the beautiful £7.5 million home that year.
They have reportedly spent an additional £12.5 million on the sprawling estate, including building a nanny's quarters.
When starting the renovation works, the generous couple gave neighbours in their Berkshire village a £45,000 compensation package for the disturbance caused by renovations to their estate.
Investment: George wed Amal in 2014, and bought the beautiful £7.5 million home that year. They have reportedly spent an additional £12.5 million on the sprawling estate
The deal agreed with John Grove, 58, and his wife Clare, 49, included a holiday to Corfu, a six-week stay in a luxury hotel and a £30,000 lump sum.
In addition to the package – which curiously also included a replacement vacuum cleaner – the Clooneys paid for the Groves to rent a £780,000 cottage down the road from their home in Sonning.
Refurbishment works on the Clooneys’ Grade II-listed Thames-side property began in late 2015, and included the construction of a 12-seater cinema, subterranean irrigation system, 60ft swimming pool and an astroturf tennis court.
Disturbance: In compensation for the disturbance of the renovations, George agreed a deal with his neighbours that included a holiday to Corfu, a six-week stay in a luxury hotel and a £30,000 lump sum
For the Groves and their next-door neighbour, it meant a daily stream of lorries, trucks and diggers clogging up the tiny lane outside their homes for a year.
At one point, the Clooneys had 1,000 mature trees transported to the estate by lorries and planted around the outskirts of the property to protect their privacy.
A source said: ‘It is a known fact in the village that the Clooneys’ closest neighbours were very stressed by the building work. At the height of the work, there were up to three large building lorries in the small road leading to the Clooneys’ house every day.
Protection: At one point, the Clooneys had 1,000 mature trees transported to the estate by lorries and planted around the outskirts of the property to protect their privacy
‘But the Clooneys have given a lot back to the community since they moved in. They have been incredibly generous in compensating the Groves for the hassle of the building work.’
During the height of the work in September 2015, the Clooneys paid for the Groves to take a week-long break on the Greek island of Corfu.
Upon their return, they moved into The French Horn, a hotel and restaurant 300 yards from their home at the expense of the Clooneys for six weeks.
Generous: At the time, the Clooneys were praised for their generosity in helping out their neighbours and giving back to the Sonning community
Perched on the banks of the Thames, the 19th century former coaching inn is the Clooneys’ favourite local dining spot and charges couples £225 a night to stay at its riverside cottage suites.
The restaurant, which sells vintage wines for up to £25,000 a bottle, is also a favourite of Prime Minister Theresa May, who is often seen dining with her security team in tow. The Clooneys are such fans of the restaurant they regularly hire its staff for private dinner parties at their mansion.
After staying in the hotel became inconvenient for the Groves, the Clooneys secured them a £780,000 cottage in the village for a year, with all rent and bills paid by the Hollywood actor and his human rights lawyer wife. It is not known how much this cost overall.
Finally, the Clooneys agreed to make a one-off payment of around £30,000 to the couple.
Since the work was completed last year, the Groves have moved from their former home – a £500,000 cottage at the foot of the celebrity couple’s driveway.
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