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George Clooney ‘wants to build a mega mansion in an area dubbed the Hamptons of Portugal’  

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Hollywood star George Clooney looks set to add to his property portfolio by building a mega mansion for his family in an area dubbed the ‘Hamptons of Portugal’.

The actor and his wife Amal, already have two luxury homes ‘abroad’ – an 18th century waterfront mansion at Lake Como in Italy and a 17th century pad in Sonning, Berkshire.

Both have recently been affected by floods so it seems he’s no taking no chances with his latest purchase – a clifftop villa overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the beautiful village of Melides on Portugal’s west coast.

EXCLUSIVE: George Clooney is set to add to his property portfolio - by building a mega mansion in an area dubbed the 'Hamptons of Portugal' where Madonna and Nicolas Sarkozy already have homes

EXCLUSIVE: George Clooney is set to add to his property portfolio – by building a mega mansion in an area dubbed the ‘Hamptons of Portugal’ where Madonna and Nicolas Sarkozy already have homes 

Practical pair: George and his wife Amal (pictured in 2019) already have two luxury homes 'abroad' ¿ an 18th century waterfront mansion at Lake Como in Italy and a 17th century pad in Sonning, Berkshire

Practical pair: George and his wife Amal (pictured in 2019) already have two luxury homes ‘abroad’ – an 18th century waterfront mansion at Lake Como in Italy and a 17th century pad in Sonning, Berkshire

The area, with its secluded beaches and surfing waves, has been compared to St Tropez in the 1960s and Ibiza before it became party central.

And it has caught the eye of several leading jet-setters including Madonna, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Italian beauty Monica Bellucci.

Now, according to the respected Portuguese news and economics website ECO, the Clooney’s have fallen deeply in love with the place and are planning to build.

Their report stated: ‘George Clooney is going to invest in Portugal, specifically in Melides south of Comporta. ECO has learned the American actor and producer is going to buy a plot of land in the CostaTerra Golf & Ocean Club project owned by Discovery Land Company.’

Land to build: Clooney has had properties affected by floods so it seems he's no taking no chances with his latest purchase ¿ a clifftop villa overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the beautiful village of Melides on Portugal's west coast.

Land to build: Clooney has had properties affected by floods so it seems he’s no taking no chances with his latest purchase – a clifftop villa overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the beautiful village of Melides on Portugal’s west coast.

Clooney has been led to this latest investment by his fellow tequila tycoon Mike Meldman.

The pair teamed up in 2013 to launch tequila firm Casamigos and sold it four years later for a reported £1bn.

Meldman, the CEO of the Discovery Land Company, acquired the 722-acre plot which runs along the Atlantic coast in 2019, with an initial £435million investment.

Having already overseen the building of 24 luxury residential golf communities around the world, he has now established the CostaTerra Golf & Ocean Club luxury resort community.

Striking: The area, with its secluded beaches and surfing waves, has been compared to St Tropez in the 1960s and Ibiza before it became party central

Striking: The area, with its secluded beaches and surfing waves, has been compared to St Tropez in the 1960s and Ibiza before it became party central

See the potential: Now, according to the respected Portuguese news and economics website ECO, the Clooney's have fallen deeply in love with the place and are planning to build

See the potential: Now, according to the respected Portuguese news and economics website ECO, the Clooney’s have fallen deeply in love with the place and are planning to build

It recently claimed that a Wellness centre, equestrian centre, community village, 18-star golf course, 146 single-family homes and 29 residences belonging to the club would be completed by the spring of next year.

The Clooneys will no doubt have been reassured by the green credentials claimed by the estate they plan on moving to.

According to the CostaTerra website it is a, ‘flourishing community and thriving ecosystem grounded firmly in the values of sustainable development’. It describes itself to potential buyers as ‘your family’s private European escape.’

Under construction: Clooney has been led to this latest investment by his fellow tequila tycoon Mike Meldman and his villa will be on the grounds shared with the CostaTerra Golf & Ocean Club which is currently under construction

Under construction: Clooney has been led to this latest investment by his fellow tequila tycoon Mike Meldman and his villa will be on the grounds shared with the CostaTerra Golf & Ocean Club which is currently under construction 

Plenty of potential: It recently claimed that a Wellness centre, equestrian centre, community village, 18-star golf course, 146 single-family homes and 29 residences belonging to the club would be completed by the spring of next year

Plenty of potential: It recently claimed that a Wellness centre, equestrian centre, community village, 18-star golf course, 146 single-family homes and 29 residences belonging to the club would be completed by the spring of next year

However, it is understood that the Clooneys do not want one of the estate’s ‘off the shelf’ luxury villas but intend to take over the design of their own property.

According to Spanish digital newspaper El Confidencial, the family plan on visiting the area later this month to look at the evolution of their new home.

If the purchase is confirmed it will be the fourth major property owned by the star and his wife.

Idyllic: Clooney will no doubt have been reassured by the green credentials claimed by the estate they plan on moving to

Idyllic: Clooney will no doubt have been reassured by the green credentials claimed by the estate they plan on moving to 

Green: According to the CostaTerra website it is a 'flourishing community and thriving ecosystem grounded firmly in the values of sustainable development'. It describes itself to potential buyers as 'your family's private European escape'

Green: According to the CostaTerra website it is a ‘flourishing community and thriving ecosystem grounded firmly in the values of sustainable development’. It describes itself to potential buyers as ‘your family’s private European escape’

The others are a multi-million dollar apartment in New York, a £13 million mansion on the River Thames in Berkshire and another mansion on the banks of Lake Como in Italy which he allowed the Obama family to use as a getaway in 2019.

Both the English and Italian properties have been affected by floods in recent times.

In 2020 after Storm Dennis struck, the River Thames burst its banks flooding his property.

And in July of this year, while he was staying at Lake Como with wife Amal and their four year old twin sons, the roads outside their property turned into a river as floods destroyed several homes in the area.

Doing it their way: It is understood that the Clooneys do not want one of the estate's 'off the shelf' luxury villas but intend to take over the design of their own property

Doing it their way: It is understood that the Clooneys do not want one of the estate’s ‘off the shelf’ luxury villas but intend to take over the design of their own property

Get ready for the Clooneys! According to Spanish digital newspaper El Confidencial, the family plan on visiting the area later this month to look at the evolution of their new home

Get ready for the Clooneys! According to Spanish digital newspaper El Confidencial, the family plan on visiting the area later this month to look at the evolution of their new home

Melides, sitting high on the coast should be reassuringly above sea-level, and offer the family breath-taking ocean views.

However, it is not clear how much use he will get out of the development’s stunning 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed golf course.

According to Golf Digest, who produce the handicaps of celebrity participants, he ‘plays rarely and doesn’t talk about it’ with a handicap of 25.

The Discovery Land Company and CostaTerraGolf and Ocean Club were both contacted for comment.

A spokesman for Discovery Land Company said: ‘George Clooney is indeed a business partner of Mike Meldman in a joint tequila venture called Casamigos. We do not comment any activities related to our properties.’

Shocking: The Clooneys own a multi-million dollar apartment in New York, a mansion on the banks of Lake Como in Italy and £13 million mansion on the River Thames in Berkshire (pictured) which fell foul to flooding in February

Shocking: The Clooneys own a multi-million dollar apartment in New York, a mansion on the banks of Lake Como in Italy and £13 million mansion on the River Thames in Berkshire (pictured) which fell foul to flooding in February 

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Tetchy Tánaiste stirs the Stormont pot

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Some of the most petulant reaction to the latest protocol row has come from Fine Gael, which may explain unwise comments on direct rule and a Border poll from Leo Varadkar.

Speaking at a Co-operation North event in Dublin on Tuesday night, the Tánaiste said direct rule was not a viable long-term alternative to devolution. If Stormont is not restored quickly other options must be considered, with the best forum to do so being the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference (BIIGC) of the Belfast Agreement.

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Tiny one-room flat with BATH in the lounge and kitchen by the bed is up for rent at £1,000-a-month

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Tiny one-room flat with BATH in the lounge and kitchen just few feet away from the bed goes up for rent for £1,000-a-month in London

  • A cramped studio flat that is up for rent in south London is so small it has a bath located in the lounge
  • The property, that is in the ‘highly sought after’ Wimbledon area, has a bed only feet away from the kitchen
  • Renters will have to fork out over £1,000-a-month to live in the odd space, though bills are included

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A tiny studio flat has been mocked because it costs over £1,000-a-month to rent and the bath is located in the lounge.

While the bed is found only feet away from the kitchen area, with a giant telly on the wall.

The south London property is on the market to rent for an eye-watering amount considering its size.

The bath is right by the back door leading out to a small private area on a patio garden.

The listing states that it has been ‘designed to maximise the space available’ and adds that the bathroom has ‘been cleverly designed to be fully hidden from view’, but this appears just to be a shower curtain.

A compact studio flat in Wimbledon is charging more than £1,000 a month for the luxury of having a bath in the lounge (pictured)

A compact studio flat in Wimbledon is charging more than £1,000 a month for the luxury of having a bath in the lounge (pictured)

The property's bed is located just feet away from the 'Kitchenette area', which boasts a microwave and kettle

The property’s bed is located just feet away from the ‘Kitchenette area’, which boasts a microwave and kettle

The flat has a 'self contained pied-a-tierre' (pictured) with a small table and two chairs

The flat has a ‘self contained pied-a-tierre’ (pictured) with a small table and two chairs

The flat in upmarket Wimbledon Village will cost lodgers £1,150 per month – or £265 per week – to live in it.

Bills are included within the rental and there is a secure parking space available.

One home hunter fumed: ‘London cost of living is so disgusting that you pay £1,150 per month to rent a bath in a bed/kitchen as advertised on Rightmove today.

‘Living in a decent home is an essential and fundamental basic human right.

‘It shouldn’t be a privileged novelty.’

The letting agent said it would be ideal for someone to rent for the Wimbledon tennis tournament which starts next month.

The All England Tennis Club, where the grass championship is hosted, is just half a mile away.

A Twitter user bashed the listing, calling the price of the studio flat 'disgusting'

A Twitter user bashed the listing, calling the price of the studio flat ‘disgusting’

The listing says the flat is 'finished to an exceptional standard' and is available for short term rent

The listing says the flat is ‘finished to an exceptional standard’ and is available for short term rent

The toilet is found opposite to the bath and appears to have more than a curtain separating it from the lounge, unlike the bath

The toilet is found opposite to the bath and appears to have more than a curtain separating it from the lounge, unlike the bath

It is being let by CHK Mountford and advertised via Rightmove, the property listing reads: ‘Set on the ground floor of a wonderful detached private residence in the heart of Wimbledon Village is this self-contained pied a tierre.

‘The property has been immaculately refurbished to a very high standard and has been cleverly designed to maximise the space available.

‘To the front of the property is a small private patio.

‘The room is fully furnished and there is a small kitchenette area complete with sink, microwave and fridge.

‘There is a separate WC and a bath which has been cleverly designed to be fully hidden from view if required plus a generous storage cupboard/wardrobe.

‘One parking space is available and is set behind the properties private gates offering complete secure parking.

‘This property would be ideal for a working professional looking for a weekday base and who is looking for something which is centrally located and finished to a high standard.

‘All bills are included within the monthly rental.

‘Available on a short or long term basis, please note that for a short term rental the cost would be on a weekly basis.

‘And would be at a higher rental amount than for a long term tenancy – please contact the office directly for verification of the weekly rental.

‘The property is available for rental during Wimbledon Tennis event and is the perfect base for those wanting to be close to the site and have secure parking in addition.’

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Truss made ‘turnips in truck’ Brexit remark about Ireland, former diplomat says

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UK foreign secretary Liz Truss told a US audience three years ago that the impact of a no-deal Brexit on Ireland would only “affect a few farmers with turnips in the back of their trucks,” a former UK diplomat said.

Alexandra Hall Hall, a former Brexit counsellor at the UK embassy in the US, disclosed on Twitter on Tuesday night that Ms Truss made the remarks to a US audience three years ago.

The former career diplomat revealed in an article she wrote in a US academic journal last year that a UK government minister made the remarks but she did not identify the minister at the time.

Last night Ms Hall Hall retweeted a tweet by Ms Truss in which the foreign secretary said the UK government’s “first priority is to uphold the Belfast Agreement” – the 1998 deal that underpins the Northern Ireland peace process. Ms Truss shared a link to her House of Commons speech in which she set out plans to introduce legislation to override the Northern Ireland Brexit deal.

Retweeting the message, Ms Hall Hall said: “So pleased to see Liz Truss become a genuine expert on Irish matters. She was, after all, the minister who told a US audience three years ago that Brexit would not have any serious impact in Ireland . . . it would merely ‘affect a few farmers with turnips in the back of their trucks.’”

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Ms Truss told the UK parliament that the protocol had put the Belfast Agreement “under strain” because of opposition by Unionist parties, citing this as a reason to plan to introduce new legislation in the coming weeks to scrap parts of the Northern Ireland Brexit deal.

Ms Hall Hall wrote in the Texas National Security Review journal last year that during her time as a diplomat in Washington, DC that Boris Johnson’s government damagingly played down the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland’s peace process in statements intended for US audiences.

She resigned from her job in late 2019 because she said she was unwilling to “peddle half-truths on behalf of a government I do not trust,” she said in her resignation letter.

In her article last autumn, she described the “turnip” remarks – without naming Ms Truss at the time – as a “low point” of her time in Washington when the UK minister “openly and offensively” in front of a US audience dismissed the impact of a no-deal Brexit on Irish businesses.

Ms Truss, then the UK secretary of state for international trade, was visiting Washington at the time to meet the then US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross and the US trade representative Robert Lighthizer, both members of US president Donald Trump’s administration, and other politicians.

In the academic article, she said he had become “increasingly dismayed by the way in which our political leaders have tried to deliver Brexit, with reluctance to address honestly, even with our own citizens, the challenges and trade-offs which Brexit involves.”

She took issue in the article – entitled: “Should I stay or should I go? The dilemma of a conflicted civil service – with the UK government’s “use of misleading or disingenuous arguments about the implications of the various options” with Brexit.

Ms Hall joined the UK foreign office in 1986 and served in various roles around the world, including in Bangkok, New Delhi and Bogota before serving as British ambassador in Georgia.

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