WHO'S MOVING ; Lisa Butcher Cecil B DeMille

The Evening Standard (London, England), November 12, 2008 | Go to article overview

WHO'S MOVING ; Lisa Butcher Cecil B DeMille


Byline: Compton Miller

The retiring Widdecombe

FORMER prisons minister Ann Widdecombe can't wait for PM Gordon Brown to call an election. She wants to occupy the remote Fifties Dartmoor cottage she bought for her impending retirement.

"I married that house," laughs the Bath-born spinster and Admiralty civil servant's daughter. "The air is so fresh it hits me when I get out of the car from London. I can walk for miles and not see another human being. The views are unmatchable miles of rolling moors to the sea." Novelist Widdecombe has already sold her other properties: a terrace house near Borough Market and a bungalow in her Maidstone and Weald constituency. She now plans to buy a "rabbit hutch" in London so that she can maintain her busy social, political and broadcasting life..

THE credo followed by modelturned-TV presenter Lisa Butcher is if you can't sell it, let it. Last summer she put her three-bedroom Parsons Green maisonette on the market at [pounds sterling]640,000 through Savills.

"Lisa couldn't find a buyer and has now let it instead," says a neighbour. "It's amazing it didn't sell as she'd obtained planning permission to add a two-bedroom roof extension." The ex-wife of irascible superchef Marco Pierre White has two daughters, Olivia and Amber, by her ex-husband, the late Chilean polo player Gabriel Donoso. She has enjoyed romances with actors Jeremy Northam and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, gaming tycoon Damian Aspinall and Knightsbridge romeo Jacobi Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe. …

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