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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.’ 

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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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Maurice Investments sell London office building for €30.3m (GB)

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Allsop, acting jointly alongside Anton Page, has completed the sale of the freehold of a Grade A workspace in Aldgate, central London, on behalf of Maurice Investments for €30.3m (£26m). Acquired by Meadow Partners, the price is equivalent to approximately €1120 (£960) per ft² and a net initial yield of 5%.

 

Wool + Tailor, 10-12 Alie Street E1, comprises 27,158ft² of Grade A office and ancillary accommodation over nine floors. It is within a three-minute walk of Aldgate station and a 15-minute walk of six further train and underground stations, including Whitechapel which is on the newly opened Elizabeth line, and is multi-let to five tenants. Maurice Investments had initially acquired the building in an off-market deal advised by Allsop, which also went on to conclude a successful leasing campaign alongside Anton Page.

 

Wool + Tailor was redeveloped in 2019 to include two additional floors and a new façade, with BREEAM “very good” and EPC A and B ratings. It features an eco-friendly biodiverse roof, cycle racks to accommodate up to 36 bikes, and a WiredScore Gold certification with fibre optic internet. Wool + Tailor further benefits from outstanding natural light throughout, which is enhanced by floor-to-ceiling heights of up to 3.3 metres, and a 7th floor communal business lounge with dual aspect terraces offering panoramic views of the City and beyond.

 

Matthew Millman, Partner at Allsop, said: “The sale of Wool + Tailor concludes a highly successful business plan for our client where we advised on the off-market acquisition, letting, then disposal of what has become one of the finest buildings in Aldgate. Wool + Tailor satisfies the requirements of the modern investor and occupier for ‘best in class’ office space with strong ESG credentials, excellent connectivity and plentiful nearby cafes, bars and restaurants.”

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AnaCap secures €59m loan for Paris office deal (FR)

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Tristan Capital Partners’ TIPS One “Income Plus” Real Estate Debt Fund has provided senior debt financing to funds advised by AnaCap Financial Partners, to support the €59.25m acquisition of South Station, a freehold office asset located in Massy, in the second ring of Paris. South Station is a high-quality property ideally located in Massy – the largest economic centre in the Southern Paris area – and is adjacent to the town’s main transport stations (RER and TGV). The asset is one of the most attractive buildings in the submarket offering modern A-grade office space with excellent amenities.

 

The sale and partial leaseback acquisition will see the vendor CGG, a geophysics specialist, remain as the majority tenant. Pramena Investment will act as the asset manager for the property.

 

Ashil Sodha, Director, Debt Investment at Tristan Capital Partners, said: “As TIPS One continues to diversify, we are pleased to have closed our first loan in France. We are focused on lending on high-quality assets with the right ESG characteristics and we believe this loan exemplifies this strategy well. We look forward to working alongside AnaCap and Pramena and supporting them in optimising their strategy for this asset.”

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Barratt and David Wilson invest €45.5m in UK resi market

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Harworth Group plc has sold two residential land parcel at its Waverley and Thoresby Vale developments to Barratt and David Wilson Homes, for a total consideration of €45.5m (£39m).

 

At Waverley in South Yorkshire, Harworth has competed a €33.8 (£29m) land sale which will see the delivery of approximately 450 homes, of which over 30% will be affordable. This represents Harworth’s largest-ever serviced residential land sale by number of plots. The new homes will represent Barratt and David Wilson Homes’ fifth phase at the site and will be situated adjacent to both Highwall Park and the Waverley Lake, benefitting from unique water frontage in an area of the development known as Waverley Waterfront. Construction will follow a bespoke design code, devised in partnership between Harworth and Barratt and David Wilson Homes, that complements the existing Waverley development while maximising the amenity value of the area’s waterfront location. The development will include a pedestrianised promenade, further enhancing the site’s placemaking and connectivity.

 

At Thoresby Vale in Nottinghamshire, Harworth has exchanged on the sale of serviced land capable of delivering 174 homes, for €11.6m (£10m). This represents the second phase of the Thoresby Vale development, following the sale of two land parcels at the site to Harron Homes and Barratt and David Wilson Homes in 2019 and 2020 respectively. Alongside the new homes, Barratt and David Wilson Homes will provide a new surface water attenuation pond and a multi-use path and associated landscaping, which will enhance connectivity and link to the site’s planned primary school and local centre, for which site preparation works are currently underway. The sales conclude an active first half for Harworth’s residential developments, during which over 100% of its budgeted residential land sales for the year were completed, exchanged or under offer, and it also launched its first single-family Build to Rent portfolio.

 

Andrew Blackshaw, Chief Operating Officer at Harworth, commented: “Barratt and David Wilson Homes is a trusted and valued partner to Harworth, and we are pleased to be developing our relationship with these two significant land sales. Harworth is particularly well-placed in volatile markets as our serviced land provides housebuilders with a product which is de-risked and ready to build on from day one. The acceleration of both our Waverley and Thoresby Vale sites will see Harworth stepping through its strategy to take advantage of the placemaking and levelling up that these schemes ultimately bring to these communities. In addition, these sales will enhance the maturation of these socially diverse neighbourhoods when delivered alongside our recently launched single family Build to Rent product, Project Spur.”

 

Ed Catchpole, Joint Regional Director for Yorkshire & Central at Harworth, added: “Barratt and David Wilson Homes has a proven track record of high-quality housing delivery at Harworth sites, and these transactions will help to further accelerate the build-out and placemaking at Waverley and Thoresby Vale. Both sites are also set to benefit from additional investment which will see the creation of new Build to Rent homes and local amenities.”

 

Mark Cotes, Managing Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes North Midlands, said: “We’re thrilled to have secured the land for an extension to our Thoresby Vale development and will look forward to another opportunity to meet the growing demand for housing in Nottinghamshire. Our growing community in Edwinstowe will continue to provide new jobs for local people and we’ll be making further ecological and financial investments as the development progresses.”

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