The Cotswolds conjure up nostalgic images of rolling hills, quintessential country living, stunning honey-stoned villages and of course, celebrities. Many famous faces choose to call this area home because of its natural beauty and exclusive, private living opportunities. With numerous manor houses, cottages and regency townhouses located in picturesque, quiet villages and towns, it’s no wonder the Cotswolds have become such a desirable place to live. Here are just a few who have made the Cotswolds their home:
The former presenter of Top Gear and quite often controversial Jeremy Clarkson has a home in Chipping Norton. He has quite literally blown up his old house to make way for a new build, in true Top Gear style. He loves living life in the fat lane which is why he might enjoy the tranquillity that comes with Cotswold living. When you tire of the big city and paparazzi, coming home to a rural retreat must feel magical.
Former co-star of Top Gear, Richard Hammond doesn’t live too far away on the border of the county near Ledbury. He has presented many shows and been involved in a few serious road accidents too so it must be nice to return the calm of the countryside when he’s not filming in far-flung locations and engaging in dangerous stunts. Ten years ago, he was left in a coma after filming a high-speed stunt for Top Gear.
A royal connection here, Zara lives on the Gatcombe Estate in Tetbury with rugby star husband, Mike Tyndall. They previously owned a stunning Regency home in Cheltenham that came complete with a jacuzzi and private cinema! Zara won Sports Personality of the Year in 2006 after winning an Olympic silver medal for riding. Mike keeps busy by playing and coaching at Minchinhampton RFC.
Who would have thought that the star of the steamy Fifty Shades of Grey films could live just outside Stroud? The Irish heartthrob moved to a home in the village of Charlford in 2015 with his wife and daughter. Well, it’s more of a mansion than a home but it’s nice to know that even Hollywood heartthrobs find happiness in the beautiful Cotswolds. For you very own slice of Cotswold living, follow the trend for nostalgic, rustic installations and consider installing a Shepherds Hut in your garden. For more information on these must-have garden accessories, visit http://cotswoldshepherdshuts.co.uk/
Somehow the Cotswolds seem perfect for the flamboyant interior designer and he’s sure to have had a hand in designing some of the celebrity pads found in the area. He shot to fame when chosen as a designer for the BBC show Changing Rooms. Often creating masterpiece redecorations but sometimes leaving poor home owners in tears! He is on TV in Australia as a judge on a show called House Rules and also big in Asia, where he stars in reality programme The Apartment. Home for Laurence is a period manor house in Siddington, a quaint village on the outskirts of Cirencester.