Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

WHO'S MOVING Homes Gossip; Diana's Love Nest 'Not for Sale'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

WHO'S MOVING Homes Gossip; Diana's Love Nest 'Not for Sale'

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ROYAL scourge Mohamed Fayed has unexpectedly withdrawn the South of France estate where his son, Dodi, met and fell in love with PrincessDiana from the market.

A year ago he discreetly asked Knight Frank to find a buyer for the Castel de Ste-Therese behind St Tropez, with its two eight-bedroom villas, helipad, disco, two swimming pools and garaging for 50 cars. The price? [pounds sterling]40 million.

"Mr Fayed has now decided to hold on to it and will spend the summer there with his family," an aide tells me. In July 1997, the Harrods supremo invited the late princess to spend a family holiday there with Princes William and Harry.

She and Dodi later enjoyed three more breaks in its secluded four-acre grounds away from prying paparazzi lenses..

NO SOONER has TV presenter Ben Fogle reduced the [pounds sterling]550,000 price of his North Kensington home by [pounds sterling]50,000 than it goes under offer at almost the original price through Foxtons.

After his recent marriage to children's party organiser Marina Hunt, he found his one-bedroom bachelor flat "too small".

The pair met three years ago in Hyde Park when his Labrador, Inka, befriended her frisky Labrador Maggi.

The daredevil son of Marylebone vet Bruce Fogle and Sixties actress Julia Foster last year completed a record-breaking row across the Atlantic with double-gold Olympic oarsman James Cracknell.

BARGAIN-hungry property dealers are queuing up to buy one of Chelsea's most eccentric homes for [pounds sterling]1.4 million through Bective Leslie Marsh.

The battered three-bedroom

Victorian terrace cottage in Elystan Place belonged to the late Rusheen Lady Wynne-Jones, who festooned its front exterior with a garden aviary for her budgerigars, canaries and pigeons.

"We've had an amazing response considering it's such a wreck," says the agent. …

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