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Breaking News - Mary Berry 'downsizes' her home to one costing £2.6million

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Whilst often a necessity, downsizing in old age is never much fun.But, aged 82, Mary Berry has ensured she does it in style - moving into a Grade II-listed house that is ‘closer to Waitrose’.The former Great British Bake Off judge is selling her stunning 18th century, six-bedroom Buckinghamshire mansion - her family home for the past 29 years - for £4 million, the Mail can reveal.However, Miss Berry will not be slumming it in her new property - but she will need to buy a new Aga.The sprawling four bedroom property in Henley comes complete with a separate cottage, double garage with gym, tennis court and an indoor pool boasting a swim-up bar and giant palm tree mural.Costing £2.6 million - £400,000 less than the original asking price - the move also ensures the star and her husband of 51 years, Paul Hunnings, will be able to enjoy their twilight years in comfort.Crucially, however, the new pad boasts one other essential feature: it is a mere eight minutes from the nearest Waitrose.Last night a source said: ‘She is really excited about being closer to a Waitrose, and has already worked out she is only an eight-minute walk away.‘They have got builders in at the moment and are having lots of work done, and are hoping to move in around Christmas.’Fittingly, the star recently launched her inaugural range of luxury puddings in Waitrose, and can also stock up on her eponymous range of chutneys and dressings there too.Those looking for an explanation for the decision to downsize might look to Miss Berry’s latest book, in which she describes herself as an ‘ancient old granny’.However, the much-loved star - who has written over 80 cookbooks and sold nearly seven million tomes – is showing no sign of slowing down just yet.In addition to working on several TV shows, she is keeping herself busy with plans for the house.Indeed, she has already had extensive renovation work approved by the local council, including adding on extensions and making alterations to the greenhouse.Planning documents show that the existing conservatory will be transformed into an orangery, Miss Berry’s assistant Lucy Young will be given her own office near the kitchen, and the one-bedroom cottage next to the house will be changed into a self-contained, two-bedroom annexe.But perhaps the most important change is to the kitchen, with internal walls being knocked down and an extension built to the side of it to give Miss Berry more space for television shows and the potential for home teaching.Along with her love of baking, Miss Berry is also a keen gardener, giving a tour of her garden on the BBC’s Chelsea Flower Show coverage this year and previously opening it to the public.And, whilst she will have to make do with just one acre in her new house - rather than the 4.3-acre ‘perfect English country garden scene’ she is used to - she has already enlisted the help of an award-winning garden designer.Bunny Guinness’s plans for the garden include a circular bench around a tree, raised beds, ‘easy fruit trees’ and a bespoke greenhouse.Although Miss Berry and her 85-year-old husband are well under way with making their new house a home, and residents of Henley are buzzing about the move, they are sure to miss their present residence.Indeed, estate agent pictures for the property show it in its full resplendence.The Queen Anne-style farmhouse boasts over four acres of stunning, landscaped gardens overlooking meadowlands and a duck pond, and also has a separate two-bedroom cottage, a former brewery house, wine cellars and a secondary ‘preparation kitchen’ - perfect for any professional cake maker.The main, completely renovated kitchen also has a walk-in fridge and Aga - something the new house, sadly, is lacking.The Grade II-listed mansion is described by agents as being an ‘intriguing period family home with wonderful historical features’, with an ‘English country garden’ billed as a ‘sheer delight... and a weeping willow setting the scene’. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4956768/Mary-Berry-downsizes-home-one-costing-2-6million.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Jack Duffy (1 month ago)
I met an Angela Berry years ago in western Canada, She was under the impression that I was the duke of Denman st, I could have liyed, I said, Close, I'm a Commiesar, As in commy pingco swine, A construction job steward, I hope she found her Duke.
seattwa (3 months ago)
I guess she's going to have to rough it now. What a shame.
Pegs Barton (3 months ago)
She deserves it, Mary has worked long and hard and has earned a place in Britain's 'treasure' history. I hope they will be very happy in their new home. I just hope I am functioning as well as Mary when I'm in my 80's!! Not as good as that in my 60's at the moment!! If it's right about the classes run at the new place I might start saving, I'd love to meet her and learn some of her skills first hand.
Jane Ryan-Douglas (4 months ago)
LMAO @ being near a waitress!
Schotzy (5 months ago)
I had to look up what a waitrose is...
Greitcha Smith (4 months ago)
A supermarket chain lol
Karen Greenfield (4 months ago)
It’s really a lovely grocery store —I’ve shopped there in the past and have introduced to many fruits I had never seen in the States. They also had a wonderful frozen section with super packaged meals.
Phyllis Smith (4 months ago)
Me too.
Angela Creasman (6 months ago)
Well done very nice
sue king (6 months ago)
Is there a mix up with the old and new photos?? I think they mean she will have a waitrose supermarket close by not a waitress.....
Callie Masters (6 months ago)
That's a lot of cooking to pay for that house. Well done, Mary!
ann bottelli (6 months ago)
Waitress????????? Waitrose supermarket!!!!!!

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