cate blanchett’s english countryside castle
the two-time oscar winner just purchased a $4.5 million mansion an hour south of London.
Published Jan 27, 2016 5:00 AM
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The Australian actress—along with her director hubby and four kids—will soon be neighbors to celebs such as Kate Winslet and Heather Mills, who also live in the East Essex area.
Also known as the “Highwell House,” the Victorian estate sits on 13 acres of bucolic land and was originally built in the 1800s.
In addition to over 9,000 square feet of living space, the palatial pad hosts seven bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, five entertaining rooms—including a paneled reception hall with a solid oak staircase—and a one-bedroom guest apartment.
There’s also multiple game rooms, a formal dining hall, a library/study, a 40-ft drawing room, a greenhouse, and over a dozen antique fireplaces sprinkled throughout the spread
The massive eat-in kitchen is covered in black marble and features a walk-in pantry.
Outside of the brick abode are acres of rolling hills, a private pond—and an island—as well as several aging outbuildings that add to the rustic charm of the place.