If once the soundtrack of Sussex was the clucking of chickens and the mooing of prize heifers, now over a rural hedgerow you are as likely to catch on the breeze the twanging of guitars, or even the splash of a Rolls Royce enjoying a dip in a swimming pool.
For Sussex has become Britain’s rock-broker belt. Once it was Surrey, with the mansions of St George’s Hill, Weybridge, over-run by an embarrassment of Beatles. Now the startlingly un-spoilt landscape of Sussex, so close to London, provides a bucolic haven for rock stars after a hard day at the office hurling TVs out of windows and seducing supermodels, or whatever it is that pop stars do these days – talking to accountants, probably.
Adele, whose latest album 25 recorded more first week sales than any in history, rented a vast pile near Partridge Green, before buying in Hove. The Partridge Green mansion was for sale in 2014 for £6m, despite coming with a disagreeable sitting tenant – a ghost, which rumour has it prompted Adele to spend £100,000 a year on a bodyguard. “I’m not rattling around here on my own,” cooed the chanteuse. “It gives me the creeps.” Still, for a while its 13 bedrooms and 24 secluded acres was welcome retreat for this international phenomenon when she wanted to roll in the deep of a buttercup meadow.
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