Jamie Oliver set to move to Finchingfield after buying million pound home
PUBLISHED: 13:24 16 January 2019 | UPDATED: 17:46 16 January 2019
Jamie Oliver is moving to Finchingfield, after spending millions on a well known property in the village.
It seems 2019 is a homecoming year for the chef and TV star. The 43-year-old is making a move back to Essex having just bought Spains Hall in Finchingfield, just 17.5 miles from his parents’ pub in Clavering.
Jamie, who spent a reported £13m of his own money rescuing his Jamie’s Italian chain in 2017 spent £6m on the grand farm house, where he will live with wife of 17 years Jools, and children Poppy Honey (16), Daisy Boo (15), Petal Blossom (9), Buddy Bear (8) and River Rocket (2).
The family are due to move in next month, The Sun reports.
A popular wedding venue, Spains Hall hasn’t been sold for 250 years and has only been owned by three families since 1066. It was originally listed for £8m – so it appears the family have nabbed themselves a bargain.
With sweeping grounds and an impressive Elizabethan frontage, Spains Hall is a tranquil property with extensive grounds.
The property boasts a heated outdoor pool and tennis courts. The estate runs into around 70 acres and the property is amost 1,3800sqft. Above a bay in the dining room is a rare medieval king-post roof believed to date back to 1410. The hall is named after the original owner, Hervey de Ispania.
As reported in the Broadcast in November 2018, A pair of beavers will be introduced into Spains Hall Estate this year in an attempt to mitigate flooding in the village and surrounding area.
However, it is understood the chef and his family will have little to do with the beavers, as Oliver does not own the land where the animals will be settled. A spokesman for the Environment Agency, which is leading the flood mitigation project, added that Oliver’s purchase would not impact upon the scheme.
Oliver was born and raised in Clavering and attended Newport Free Grammar School, now called Joyce Frankland Academy.
In June 2003, he was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.