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Inside Dawn French’s beloved harbourside Cornwall mansion she called home for 15 years

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She recently parted ways with her treasured Cornwall mansion for a multi-million pound fee, after living in it for 15 years.

And Dawn French regularly gave her fans intimate glimpses of her treasured harbourside abode, which sits in the charming town of Fowey, over the years before she packed up and moved on.

Sources recently revealed to The Mail On Sunday that the Vicar of Dibley star, 63, opted to sell the grand abode, which she shared with daughter Billie and husband Mark Bignell, because the area had become ‘too trendy’.

Move: Dawn French recently parted ways with her beloved Cornwall mansion for a multi-million pound fee, after living in it for 15 years

Move: Dawn French recently parted ways with her beloved Cornwall mansion for a multi-million pound fee, after living in it for 15 years

Stunning home: She owned Point Neptune House, which boasts huge, arched windows and stunning sea views, for 15 years

Stunning home: She owned Point Neptune House, which boasts huge, arched windows and stunning sea views, for 15 years

The Welsh-born star often took to Twitter to share an insight into her idyllic life on the coast, including time with her beloved pets and the bountiful flowers that decorated the home, called Point Neptune.

And while her adorable pets and sweet and savoury treats were often the subject of her posts, her spacious kitchen, light-flooded living room and art-covered walls often stole the show.

Boasting views of the harbour, Dawn was also able to take advantage of the West Country’s abundant sunshine, with a sprawling outdoor dining area.

Although the three-storey home was clearly grand in stature, it boasted a relaxed feel, with the screen star’s pet pooches and cat regularly seen lounging around the house on the furniture. 

Furry family members: Although the three-storey home was clearly grand in stature, it boasted a relaxed feel

Lounging: The screen star's pet pooches and cat regularly seen lounging around the house on the furniture

Furry family members: Although the three-storey home was clearly grand in stature, it boasted a relaxed feel, with the screen star’s pet pooches and cat regularly seen lounging around the house on the furniture 

Breathtaking: The Vicar of Dibley star gave her fans intimate glimpses of her treasured harbourside abode, which sits in the charming town of Fowey, over the years before she packed up and moved on

Breathtaking: The Vicar of Dibley star gave her fans intimate glimpses of her treasured harbourside abode, which sits in the charming town of Fowey, over the years before she packed up and moved on

Life's a beach: The Welsh-born star often took to Twitter to share an insight into her idyllic life on the coast, including time with her beloved pets

Shoreline: She enjoyed countless strolls along the golden shoreline during her time at the abode

Life’s a beach: The Welsh-born star often took to Twitter to share an insight into her idyllic life on the coast, including time with her beloved pets and strolls along the golden shoreline

Despite all the charm of the home, it was recently revealed that Dawn planned to move out of the rural idyll of Fowey at a time when it has become too ‘cool and trendy’.

The Mail on Sunday revealed that the comedienne had sold her treasured home, dramatically set on a windswept bluff, and has decamped to a more low-key area, while remaining within Cornwall.

She had owned Point Neptune House, which boasts huge, arched windows and stunning sea views, for 15 years.

The property is widely considered one of the most desirable houses in the town, but it is clearly visible to the growing hordes of tourists that visit.

A source said earlier this month: ‘Yes, Dawn is selling up, but she’s very much staying in Cornwall. She just wanted a change.

Stealing the show: While her beloved pets and sweet and savoury treats were often the subject of her posts, her spacious kitchen, light-flooded living room and art-covered walls often stole the show

Stealing the show: While her beloved pets and sweet and savoury treats were often the subject of her posts, her spacious kitchen, light-flooded living room and art-covered walls often stole the show

Too cool for school: Despite all the charm of the home, it was recently revealed that Dawn planned to move out of the rural idyll of Fowey at a time when it has become too ‘cool and trendy’

Sweet treat: The star regularly baked at the grand abode

Too cool for school: Despite all the charm of the home, it was recently revealed that Dawn planned to move out of the rural idyll of Fowey at a time when it has become too ‘cool and trendy’

Also fresco delights: Boasting views of the harbour, Dawn was also able to take advantage of the West Country's abundant sunshine, with a sprawling outdoor dining area

Also fresco delights: Boasting views of the harbour, Dawn was also able to take advantage of the West Country’s abundant sunshine, with a sprawling outdoor dining area

‘Dawn is low-profile and private. The fact that Fowey has recently become cool and trendy isn’t what she finds appealing per se.

‘It can get very busy now during summer. Dawn will always love Fowey and had 15 wonderful years living there. She will miss all the locals who made her feel so welcome.’

During an interview with Fern Cotton back in 2018, Dawn said of her home: ‘It was in a bit of a state and I thought “Oh, I’m going to need a bit of dosh to do this up”.

‘I called Jennifer [Saunders] and I said, “Look I’ve seen this place and I know I want to live there but we’ve got to go on tour, how about it?” And she said something like “Oh yes, I’m doing my conservatory, OK yes.”‘

Fowey, a charming harbour town where writer Daphne du Maurier once lived, has been described as a ‘millionaires’ playground’ and is popular with London buyers. 

Moving on, staying local: The Mail on Sunday revealed that the comedienne had sold her treasured home, dramatically set on a windswept bluff, and has decamped to a more low-key area, while remaining within Cornwall

Moving on, staying local: The Mail on Sunday revealed that the comedienne had sold her treasured home, dramatically set on a windswept bluff, and has decamped to a more low-key area, while remaining within Cornwall

Say it with flowers: One overriding theme in Dawn's snaps of her home was her love of fresh flowers adorning the property

Blooming marvellous: She also added flowers to the outdoor areas of her home

Say it with flowers: One overriding theme in Dawn’s snaps of her home was her love of fresh flowers adorning the property

Art pieces: A selection of quirky and personalised art adorned the walls and other areas of the tastefully decorated property

Art pieces: A selection of quirky and personalised art adorned the walls and other areas of the tastefully decorated property

It voted last year to ban newly built houses being sold as second homes amid an influx of city-dwellers pricing locals out of the market.

The summer season sees the town overrun with tourists, particularly recently now that foreign travel is largely off the cards. 

Several trendy London restaurants have opened outlets on its narrow – and previously quiet – streets in recent years, with queues around the block.

The source said that Dawn ‘doesn’t see herself in that celebrity, flashy tribe. She’s a low-key resident. It’s actually not like her to have a visible, ostentatious home in the centre of town.’ 

Safety first: At the height of lockdown last year, the comedienne shared her tongue-in-cheek solution for hugging loved ones

Safety first: At the height of lockdown last year, the comedienne shared her tongue-in-cheek solution for hugging loved ones

In the midst of the bustle: The property is widely considered one of the most desirable houses in the town, but it is clearly visible to the growing hordes of tourists that visit

In the midst of the bustle: The property is widely considered one of the most desirable houses in the town, but it is clearly visible to the growing hordes of tourists that visit

Change: A source recently said, ‘Yes, Dawn is selling up, but she’s very much staying in Cornwall. She just wanted a change'

Low profile: Added the source, 'Dawn is low-profile and private. The fact that Fowey has recently become cool and trendy isn’t what she finds appealing per se'

Change: A source recently said, ‘Yes, Dawn is selling up, but she’s very much staying in Cornwall. She just wanted a change’

Oops! The star revealed that a wood pigeon accidentally flew through one of her glorious windows, braking it in the process

Oops! The star revealed that a wood pigeon accidentally flew through one of her glorious windows, braking it in the process

Dawn, who starred as Geraldine Granger in The Vicar of Dibley, moved into the Grade-II listed building in 2006 with her then-husband Lenny Henry and their daughter Billie. The couple divorced in 2010.

In 2013, she married therapist Mark Bignell in the coastal resort of Mawgan Porth.

The sale of Point Neptune House is believed to have been a multi-million-pound off-market sale through the luxury property agent Jonathan Cunliffe. 

He said of the sale: ‘We cannot say who Dawn sold Point Neptune to, only that she has bought again in Cornwall.’

Big move: Dawn, who starred as Geraldine Granger in The Vicar of Dibley, moved into the Grade-II listed building in 2006 with her then-husband Lenny Henry and their daughter Billie. The couple divorced in 2010

Big move: Dawn, who starred as Geraldine Granger in The Vicar of Dibley, moved into the Grade-II listed building in 2006 with her then-husband Lenny Henry and their daughter Billie. The couple divorced in 2010

Husband: She now lives with her therapist husband Mark Bignell, who she wed in the coastal resort of Mawgan Porth in 2013

Views: The property and surrounding area are not short on breathtaking views

Husband: She now lives with her therapist husband Mark Bignell, who she wed in the coastal resort of Mawgan Porth in 2013 

Busy: The summer season sees the town overrun with tourists, particularly recently now foreign travel is largely off the cards

Busy: The summer season sees the town overrun with tourists, particularly recently now foreign travel is largely off the cards

Loving it: The star has often joked about Cornwall being 'grim' and 'horrible' as she shares one stunning view after another

Loving it: The star has often joked about Cornwall being ‘grim’ and ‘horrible’ as she shares one stunning view after another

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Sirius Real Estate sells London business park for €18.8m (GB)

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Sirius Real Estate has agreed to the sale of an asset in Camberwell, London, for €18.8m (£16m), representing a NIY of circa 2%. The property formed part of the portfolio Sirius acquired in November 2021 with its purchase of BizSpace, the leading provider of regional light industrial, workshop, studio and out of town office units across the UK. The sale price represents a 94% premium to the valuation at the time of Sirius’ acquisition of BizSpace.

 

The multi-tenanted business park, which comprises approximately 34,700ft² of industrial and office space is 91% occupied following a series of asset management measures delivered through the BizSpace platform. The sale is expected to complete in July 2022.

 

Commenting on the transaction, Andrew Coombs, Chief Executive Officer of Sirius Real Estate, said: “This disposal is further proof of the latent value in the BizSpace portfolio we acquired late last year, the price being significantly ahead of last September’s valuation on which our purchase was based, and the attractive sale follows our recent announcement that we had since improved like-for-like rental income across the portfolio by 7.5%. The sale will allow us to invest in new opportunities for BizSpace in the UK as we continue to build our acquisition pipeline. Bringing together the Sirius and BizSpace platforms, with a strengthened management team at BizSpace, is already delivering strong results and operational synergies that will enhance our UK portfolio.”

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Southwold beach hut which is 10ft wide with no running water or electricity up for sale for £250,000

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A beach hut in an upmarket seaside town which is famed for its celebrity visitors has gone on the market for a record £250,000.

The price is believed to be the highest ever to be asked in the UK for a hut which people are not allowed to sleep in – and is double the cost of a three bedroom terraced house just 10 miles away.

The hut, numbered 149 and called ‘Here’s Hoping’, measures 10ft 6ins wide and is in a prime position on the promenade in the Edwardian town of Southwold, Suffolk.

The resort has always been a popular retreat for well-heeled Londoners and celebrities including Chris Evans, Michael Palin, Stephen Fry, Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis.

Beach huts on the south coast can be more expensive with selling prices for some in Dorset exceeding £500,000.

But the huts in Southwold, which have no electricity or running water, are subject to strict local by-laws which ban anyone from sleeping overnight.

A beach hut called 'Here's Hoping', pictured, which sits on the promenade of the upmarket seaside town Southwold in Suffolk, Doset, famed for its celebrity visitors, has gone on the market for a record £250,000

A beach hut called ‘Here’s Hoping’, pictured, which sits on the promenade of the upmarket seaside town Southwold in Suffolk, Doset, famed for its celebrity visitors, has gone on the market for a record £250,000

The price is believed to be the highest ever to be asked in the UK for a hut which people are not allowed to sleep in. The hut, called 'Here's Hoping' and numbered 149, measures 10ft 6ins wide and is in a prime position on the promenade in the Edwardian town

The price is believed to be the highest ever to be asked in the UK for a hut which people are not allowed to sleep in. The hut, called ‘Here’s Hoping’ and numbered 149, measures 10ft 6ins wide and is in a prime position on the promenade in the Edwardian town

The resort has always been a popular retreat for well-heeled Londoners and celebrities including Chris Evans, Michael Palin, Stephen Fry, Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis. Beach huts on the south coast can be more expensive with selling prices for some in Dorset exceeding £500,000

The resort has always been a popular retreat for well-heeled Londoners and celebrities including Chris Evans, Michael Palin, Stephen Fry, Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis. Beach huts on the south coast can be more expensive with selling prices for some in Dorset exceeding £500,000

The buyer will still have to pay annual ground rent of £998 and will only have 18 years left of a 30 year lease, although there will be an option to renew.

They will be able to enjoy spectacular views from a veranda overlooking the beach and the North Sea, while being just a short walk from pubs, restaurants and shops.

But just 10 miles away in Lowestoft, Suffolk, there are several homes up for sale, priced between £120,000 and £140,000.

But the huts in Southwold (pictured), which have no electricity or running water, are subject to strict local by-laws which ban anyone from sleeping overnight

But the huts in Southwold (pictured), which have no electricity or running water, are subject to strict local by-laws which ban anyone from sleeping overnight

Southwold beach (pictured) has always been a popular retreat for well-heeled Londoners and celebrities including Chris Evans, Michael Palin, Stephen Fry, Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis

Southwold beach (pictured) has always been a popular retreat for well-heeled Londoners and celebrities including Chris Evans, Michael Palin, Stephen Fry, Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis

Huts in the best locations within Southwold, which is famed for its Adnams brewery, pier and lighthouse, are rarely on the market and some have been in the same family or generations

Huts in the best locations within Southwold, which is famed for its Adnams brewery, pier and lighthouse, are rarely on the market and some have been in the same family or generations

Several semi-detached homes in the area offer three bedrooms, one bathroom and two reception rooms, and is located 0.1 miles away from Lowestoft railway station.

Another property on the market is a £90,000, three-bed semi-detached bungalow at Broadlands Park and Marina in Lowestoft which has a garden, one bathroom and one living room.

The listing for the beach hut boasts that it has ‘glazed double folding doors’ and ‘a number of storage cupboards’.

The previous highest price asked for one of Southwold’s 300 beach huts was £150,000 in September 2018.

Prices have soared since then as property prices have continued to increase and the demand for staycation breaks following the Covid epidemic has boomed.

Huts in the best locations within Southwold, which is famed for its Adnams brewery, pier and lighthouse, are rarely on the market and some have been in the same family or generations.

Several semi-detached homes in the area offer three bedrooms, one bathroom and two reception rooms, and is located 0.1 miles away from Lowestoft railway station

Several semi-detached homes in the area offer three bedrooms, one bathroom and two reception rooms, and is located 0.1 miles away from Lowestoft railway station

Many are rented out for around £600 a week to visitors who flock to the town.

The latest asking price is more than double the price of a three bedroom terrace house on the market for £110,000 around ten miles away in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

More than half the properties in Southwold are second homes and the full-time population is now below 1,000, putting extra strain on local services.

Earlier this year, councillors unveiled plans to try and stem the number of second homes in the town and make more affordable housing possible for local people.

A spokesperson for estate agent Flick & Son, which is selling the hut, said: ‘I am sure it will go very quickly.

‘There is a high demand for huts and we expect there will be a bidding war in the end.’

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EU will retaliate to any unilateral action on NI protocol, Coveney warns

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British prime minister Boris Johnson has been warned of the consequences of unilateral action on the Northern Ireland protocol, including the prospect of “retaliatory” action from Europe.

On the eve of Mr Johnson’s visit to Belfast, the Government and Sinn Féin said moves to disapply parts of the protocol risked damaging east-west relations.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney spoke of a “landing zone” for negotiations and indicated that the European Union was willing to make adjustments through “partnership and dialogue” due to what he said were “legitimate concerns” within unionism about the operation of the protocol.

However, he also said that if London moved unilaterally it would make matters “significantly worse” and that “then the EU will be forced to respond to that with some form of retaliatory action”.

Mr Coveney said it was not “helpful” to expand on what form that might take, but that a response “would be very negative”.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said “there is a real and urgent obligation now” for Britain to engage with the European Commission “in a real and professional way to resolve issues that have been raised”.

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Ahead of talks between Mr Johnson and Northern Irish political leaders aimed at restoring powersharing at Stormont, Sinn Féin’s northern leader Michelle O’Neill said unilateral action would “represent an appalling attack on the international rule of law”.

“Only through joint agreement with the EU can solutions to problems or concerns be resolved,” she said.

“I will be telling Boris Johnson that unilateral action deepens political instability and economic uncertainty and must not happen.”

Ms O’Neill is to meet Mr Martin in at Government Buildings Dublin on Monday morning ahead of her meeting with Mr Johnson.

Mr Coveney travels today to Brussels for a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council and will later speak with EU negotiator Maros Sefcovic and British foreign secretary Liz Truss, who is expected to announce legislation on Tuesday that will unilaterally override central elements of the protocol.

Speaking to The Irish Times, Mr Coveney said Mr Sefcovic is open to making “significant progress” on the protocol.

“I believe there are solutions we could pursue and we can agree relatively quickly if there was an attitude to do so on both sides,” he said. “But we need a partner in London to do that, not a partner that is making threats of unilateral action.”

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The Minister also said he believes it is “likely” that US president Joe Biden will appoint an envoy to the North, saying the US administration is “extremely interested” in marking 25 years since the Belfast Agreement next year with “its institutions intact and functioning as they need to be”.

Mr Johnson is expected to affirm his commitment to the agreement and assert that he is not seeking to scrap the protocol. But Downing Street said ahead of his meetings with the North’s party leaders that he will not drop his government’s threat to unilaterally disapply parts of the protocol, which Mr Johnson agreed with the EU in 2019.

Downing Street said in a statement that Mr Johnson will tell party leaders that the door will always be open to “genuine dialogue” but that “there will be a necessity to act” and protect the Belfast Agreement if the EU does not change its position.

Writing in Monday’s Belfast Telegraph, Mr Johnson outlined that the protocol “has not been adapted to reflect the realities of the [Trade and Co-operation Agreement]”. He will signal that there is “without question a sensible landing spot in which everyone’s interests are protected”. However, he said that if the EU’s position does not change, “there will be a necessity to act”.


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