Connect with us

Current

Spy author John Le Carré’s Grade II-listed six bedroom cottage goes on the market for nearly £2m 

Voice Of EU

Published

on

The former home of spy author John le Carré has been put on the market with a price tag of nearly £2million.

The espionage writer, behind novels such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and the Constant Gardner, moved into the stunning Grade II listed building near Wells, Somerset, in 1965.

He created many of his most famous works from the studio cottage on the grounds which he used as his study.

The current residents of Coxley House, previously Coxley Manor, have since carried out a ‘painstaking’ refurbishment and are now marketing the six-bedroom property with an asking price of £1.95million.

The former home (exterior pictured) of spy author John le Carré near Wells, Somerset, has been put on the market with a price tag of nearly £2million

The former home (exterior pictured) of spy author John le Carré near Wells, Somerset, has been put on the market with a price tag of nearly £2million 

The espionage writer, behind novels such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and the Constant Gardner, moved into the stunning Grade II listed building in 1965 (conservatory pictured)

The espionage writer, behind novels such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and the Constant Gardner, moved into the stunning Grade II listed building in 1965 (conservatory pictured)

From the scullery there is a charming walled courtyard (pictured) with a boot room, boiler room and four store rooms accessed externally

From the scullery there is a charming walled courtyard (pictured) with a boot room, boiler room and four store rooms accessed externally

The three-storey home has six bedrooms (pictured), four bathrooms and a 'delightful' lawned garden which boasts the property's one-bedroom studio cottage

The three-storey home has six bedrooms (pictured), four bathrooms and a ‘delightful’ lawned garden which boasts the property’s one-bedroom studio cottage

Le Carré moved to Coxley Manor following the end of his career as a spy which coincided with the publication of his novel The Looking Glass War.

The author, whose real name was David Cornwell, died last year at the age of 89 from pneumonia.  

The three-storey home has six bedrooms, four bathrooms and a ‘delightful’ lawned garden which boasts the property’s one-bedroom studio cottage. 

The stunning Grade II listed building near Wells, Somerset, is spread across three floors and boasts six bedrooms, four bathrooms and multiple reception rooms (floorplan pictured)

The stunning Grade II listed building near Wells, Somerset, is spread across three floors and boasts six bedrooms, four bathrooms and multiple reception rooms (floorplan pictured)

The current residents of Coxley House, previously Coxley Manor, have carried out a 'painstaking' refurbishment (drawing room pictured)

The current residents of Coxley House, previously Coxley Manor, have carried out a ‘painstaking’ refurbishment (drawing room pictured)

The house has an abundance of charm and architectural features including exposed beams, stone floors, an ornate carved fireplace in the drawing room and an inglenook fireplace in the dining room (pictured)

The house has an abundance of charm and architectural features including exposed beams, stone floors, an ornate carved fireplace in the drawing room and an inglenook fireplace in the dining room (pictured) 

The Grade II listed building boasts a charming walled courtyard (pictured) as well as a lawned garden with views extending across to the field beyond

The Grade II listed building boasts a charming walled courtyard (pictured) as well as a lawned garden with views extending across to the field beyond

The former home of spy author John le Carré has been put on the market with a price tag of nearly £2million (one of the four bathrooms pictured)

The former home of spy author John le Carré has been put on the market with a price tag of nearly £2million (one of the four bathrooms pictured)

Estate agents Strutt and Parker in Bath said: ‘Coxley House is a wonderful example of a Georgian country house, providing both elegant and enjoyable accommodation, set within a pretty village on the outskirts of Wells. 

‘The property has been painstakingly refurbished by the current owners, with great attention paid to retaining and restoring the original features throughout.

‘The house has an abundance of charm and architectural features including exposed beams, stone floors, an ornate carved fireplace in the drawing room and an inglenook fireplace in the dining room.’

All of the principle reception rooms face south over the lawned garden with views extending across to the field beyond (pictured)

All of the principle reception rooms face south over the lawned garden with views extending across to the field beyond (pictured)

The current residents of Coxley House, previously Coxley Manor, have carried out a 'painstaking' refurbishment and are now marketing the six-bedroom (pictured) property

The current residents of Coxley House, previously Coxley Manor, have carried out a ‘painstaking’ refurbishment and are now marketing the six-bedroom (pictured) property

The espionage writer moved into the stunning Grade II listed building near Wells, Somerset, in 1965 and it has now been put on the market for £1.95million (one of the bathrooms pictured)

The espionage writer moved into the stunning Grade II listed building near Wells, Somerset, in 1965 and it has now been put on the market for £1.95million (one of the bathrooms pictured)

Le Carré’s colourful career in espionage after teaching at Eton for two years when he joined the Foreign Office.

He also wrote his first novel, Call For The Dead, which was published in 1961, and this meant the need for a pen name as Foreign Office officials were not allowed to publish books under their own name.

His career as a spy came to an end in 1964 after his name was one of many given to the Soviet Union by a double agent, an incident which inspired a plot line in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. 

John Le Carré: The former spy who became one of Britain’s most critically acclaimed authors 

John le Carré - real name was David Cornwell - was born in Poole and educated at Sherborne School and worked for both MI5 and MI6 in the 1950s and 1960s

John le Carré – real name was David Cornwell – was born in Poole and educated at Sherborne School and worked for both MI5 and MI6 in the 1950s and 1960s

John le Carré – real name was David Cornwell – was born in Poole and educated at Sherborne School and worked for both MI5 and MI6 in the 1950s and 1960s. 

After joining the Intelligence Corps of the British Army in 1950, he later worked covertly for MI5, spying on left-wing groups at Lincoln College, Oxford, to detect any potential Soviet agents. 

Le Carré’s own upbringing is said to have played a key part in his interests in subterfuge.

His father, who was described as a ‘five-star conman’, was a con man who was an associate of gangsters and spent time in jail for insurance fraud.

His mother deserted the family home when he was just five-years-old after walking out on her abusive husband – but Le Carré managed to track her down when he was 21. 

Le Carré’s career as a spy came to an end when it was revealed Kim Philby, one of the infamous Cambridge Five, had shared his true identity with Soviet Russia.

He went on to write 25 books under the pen name John Le Carré, as a means of getting round a ban on Foreign Officers publishing works under their own name, with his body of work dating back to 1961.

The works of Le Carré were often praised for stripping away the glamorous life of a spy often depicted in James Bond novel and instead focusing on the grittier, darker aspects of the job despite one former MI6 boss once claiming his books had given the group a ‘bad name’. 

In a career that spanned nearly 50 years, he would become famed for works such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, both of which would become successful film adaptations and contain his renowned character, George Smiley. 

The father-of-four, who turned down literary honours and a knighthood, spent lockdown at his Cornish home and was outspoken about the Government’s handling of the pandemic.

He died in December last year aged 89 after a short battle with pneumonia. His publisher confirmed he did not have Covid-19.

Source link

Current

Zappone turns down invitation to appear before committee to discuss envoy role

Voice Of EU

Published

on

Former minister Katherine Zappone has turned down an invitation to appear before an Oireachtas committee to explain the circumstances surrounding her now-scrapped appointment as a special envoy.

The chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan confirmed on Monday that Ms Zappone had declined an invitation to attend to discuss the matter.

The committee, which met last Wednesday in private session, agreed to write to the former minister and invite her to appear before it.

It is understood the decision was taken at a private meeting after it was proposed by Sinn Féin spokesman on foreign affairs John Brady and his Social Democrats counterpart Gary Gannon.

The committee is also to invite Martin Fraser, the secretary general of the Department of the Taoiseach and the State’s highest-ranking civil servant, to address the issue of precisely when Ms Zappone’s name was communicated to the Department of the Taoiseach.

Controversy erupted over an attempt by Minister of Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney to appoint Ms Zappone as a special envoy for freedom of expression and LGBTQ+ rights.

Mr Coveney – who is attending UN meetings this week in New York – last week faced down a motion of no confidence as a result of his handling of the matter.

Earlier this month, Mr Coveney told the Oireachtas Committee Ms Zappone was mistaken in her belief she had been offered the job last March.

Mr Coveney also rejected claims that Ms Zappone lobbied for the position or that he breached Freedom of Information legislation by deleting texts between himself and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.

However, Mr Coveney apologised for “sloppiness”, and for making mistakes in the past few weeks.

Records released by the Department of Foreign Affairs show Ms Zappone texted Mr Coveney to thank him on March 4th “so, so much for offering me this incredible opportunity”.

In mid-July she sent another message of thanks but Mr Coveney has insisted nothing had been formally agreed until it came to Cabinet on July 27th.

Source link

Continue Reading

Current

Lori Loughlin and fashion designer husband drop $13M on Palm Desert vacation home

Voice Of EU

Published

on

Former Full House actress, Lori Loughlin, and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have dropped $13million on a gated Palm Desert, California, oasis, following their release from prison for their involvement in the college-admissions scandal.  

Loughlin, who was released from prison in December, with her husband following in April, appear to be celebrating their newfound freedom with the purchase of their vacation getaway in the La Quinta community.

The five-bedroom, 5.5 bathroom home, situated in the guard-gated exclusive Madison Club, comes lavished with several amenities, including a wine cellar, movie theater, two pools, two spas, a wet bar and an outdoor projector-theater.  

Former Full House actress, Lori Loughlin, and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have dropped $13million on a gated Palm Desert, California, oasis, following their release from prison for their involvement in the college-admissions scandal.

Former Full House actress, Lori Loughlin, and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have dropped $13million on a gated Palm Desert, California, oasis, following their release from prison for their involvement in the college-admissions scandal.

The open dining and living room area is perfect for watching L.A sunsets

The open dining and living room area is perfect for watching L.A sunsets 

The home comes equipped with several outdoor fireplaces, perfect for entertaining guests on chilly evenings

The home comes equipped with several outdoor fireplaces, perfect for entertaining guests on chilly evenings 

Opulent swimming pools encompass the outdoor area, in addition to an outdoor projector for watching films

Opulent swimming pools encompass the outdoor area, in addition to an outdoor projector for watching films 

The home comes lavished with several amenities, including a wine cellar, movie theater, two pools, outdoor fireplaces, two spas, a wet bar and an outdoor projector-theater

The home comes lavished with several amenities, including a wine cellar, movie theater, two pools, outdoor fireplaces, two spas, a wet bar and an outdoor projector-theater 

Former 'Full House' actress, Lori Loughlin, (right) and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, (left) have dropped $13 million on a gated Palm Desert, California, oasis

Former ‘Full House’ actress, Lori Loughlin, (right) and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, (left) have dropped $13 million on a gated Palm Desert, California, oasis

Built in 2019, the home was formally owned by Assurance co-founder Michael Rowell and his wife, Alexis, who purchased it for only $9.5 million. 

A few of their neighbors include Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Nike’s Phil Knight, Cindy Crawford and Scooter Braun. 

The purchase comes a year after Loughlin and Giannulli bought a $9.5 million modern farmhouse in the Hidden Hills area of Los Angeles.      

A federal judge in Boston recently granted Loughlin ‘expedited’ permission to travel to Canada to possibly rekindle her career. The request was necessary as she remains on probation.

The five-bedroom, 5.5 bathroom home is situated in the guard-gated exclusive Madison Club in the La Quinta community

The five-bedroom, 5.5 bathroom home is situated in the guard-gated exclusive Madison Club in the La Quinta community

Built in 2019, the home was formally owned by Assurance co-founder Michael Rowell and his wife, Alexis, who purchased it for only $9.5 million

Built in 2019, the home was formally owned by Assurance co-founder Michael Rowell and his wife, Alexis, who purchased it for only $9.5 million

An large dining area opens out onto the terrace, as an intricate chandelier hangs from the ceiling

An large dining area opens out onto the terrace, as an intricate chandelier hangs from the ceiling

Also featured in the amenities is a chic, oversized wine cellar

Also featured in the amenities is a chic, oversized wine cellar 

Loughlin was unable to travel due to her prison sentence and ensuing community service commitments stemming from her involvement in the ‘Operation Varsity Blues’ scheme, which involved wealthy parents paying large sums of money to get their kids into elite universities.    

‘Ms. Loughlin anticipates she will be traveling for about one week’ and is ‘being offered a filming production project’ if granted permission, her initial request sent by a probation official stated.   

It emerged in 2019 that Lori and Giannulli bribed their daughters Olivia and Isabella’s way into University Of Southern California.

Lori and her fashion designer husband paid $500,000 to falsely pass the girls off as potential college rowers on USC’s rowing team.

Although they initially claimed to be innocent, Mossimo pled guilty last May to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services and mail fraud, while Lori pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.  

Giannulli was sentenced to five months, while Loughlin served two months behind bars.

It emerged in 2019 that Lori and Giannulli bribed their daughters Olivia and Isabella's way into University Of Southern California

It emerged in 2019 that Lori and Giannulli bribed their daughters Olivia and Isabella’s way into University Of Southern California

Source link

Continue Reading

Current

Tenor fails to rent home as work in Covid-hit sector deemed precarious

Voice Of EU

Published

on

An Irish tenor, who has performed for presidents and emperors and been shortlisted for a Grammy award, is struggling to rent a home in Dublin because of a perception that working in the Covid-19-hit entertainment industry makes him a risk.

Paul Byrom said he was “knocked for six” last week after a potential landlord refused to even meet him on the grounds that the pandemic had made his profession singularly unsuitable for the rental market.

Byrom has earned his living as a musician for more than 20 years and has performed for Emperor Akihito of Japan, former Irish presidents Mary McAleese and Mary Robinson and former US president Barack Obama.

He was one of the original soloists in the Celtic Thunder show that toured the world and had number one albums on the World Billboard Chart. A solo album, This is the Moment, debuted at number one on the same chart and was shortlisted for a Grammy nomination.

Byrom has continued to work online during the pandemic and is looking forward to restarting his live career soon. “I am no Bono, but I am not starting out in the game,” he said.

However, none of his achievements appear to have been good enough for one Dublin landlord. Byrom said he and his girlfriend were keen to move to a bigger home and found a two-bedroom house in south county Dublin advertised at a rent of €2,000 a month.

‘Exemplary tenant’

It was being let by the estate agent which manages the property the couple currently live in and he was assured that, as an “exemplary tenant” for more than three years, his application would most likely be considered favourably.

“The estate agents said that while it was looking after the letting, it wouldn’t be the management company and the guy who owned it would be the point of contact,” Byrom said. “I was told that the landlord would want to meet me and I had no problem with any of that – I thought that made sense.”

He and his girlfriend assembled all the paperwork including her payslips and details of his earnings from his accountant. “I had moved in in my head but then I got a phone call saying the application had been rejected,” he said.

His mother joked that he had been turned down “because the landlord didn’t want you practising your Ave Maria’s at 10 in the morning.”

But that was not the reason. It emerged that the “landlord thought that because Covid had hit my industry hard he would be too nervous to take me on. He simply didn’t want anyone from the entertainment industry,” Byrom said.

Mortgage

He said struggling to rent or get a mortgage were not the only issues entertainers encounter.

“Try and look for car insurance as a singer and the companies don’t want to know. So I can’t drive a car or rent a home or even take advantage of the bike to work tax scheme because I am self employed.

“And this is a country that claims to be the land of the bards and the poets. The amount of roadblocks put in an entertainer’s way are just crazy, but then they will say get out there and sing Danny Boy and represent the country. You’d have to wonder if Ireland wants artists to be here at all.”


Source link

Continue Reading

Trending

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates 
directly on your inbox.

You have Successfully Subscribed!