George Clooney and Amal Clooney have been quietly preparing their nine-bedroom UK manor, and will finally call it home seven months after buying the marital home in Sonning – a small Berkshire village that’s about to be put on the map thanks to its new, high-profile residents.
The actor revealed their plans to relocate to the home county during an interview with Good Morning Britain’s Ross King this week. “We’ve got a house there, we’re fixing it up. We’re going to be moving in at the end of the summer, and we’re really excited,” he said.
“I love it and we’re going to have a great time. There’s a great old pub and there’s a great restaurant, The French Horn there and it’s a really beautiful fun place to be. I’m really excited.”
George, 54, and Amal, 37, bought the £10million, approximately $19 million CAD, Grade II listed manor house on the River Thames in October 2014, one month after they tied the knot in a lavish Venice celebration.
The house has its own library, gym, spa and steam room, along with a cellar and a boathouse, and a separate cottage for guests or staff. It is set in four acres of land, surrounded by trees and expansive gardens, offering the A-list couple seclusion and privacy.
George and Amal are believed to have had a swimming pool and pool house added to the property, along with a large terrace and a private cinema.
It is thought that George was drawn to the area after visiting the nearby Oxfordshire village of Fingest last June to shoot scenes for The Monuments Men. Its locale is ideal for human rights lawyer Amal, with the advantage of easy access to London.
British fans will be hoping that George is able to spend a considerable amount of time in the UK,despite the demands of his Hollywood career.
He delighted British TV audiences at Christmas when he made a cameo role in a charity version of the hugely popular Downton Abbey – once he becomes a British resident, could a repeat appearance be on the cards?
Asked about a possible return to Downton, George jokingly told Ross King; “I’ve been thinking about it a lot and I think since I nearly destroyed the Batman franchise, I could hurt that series really badly if I came back, so they’ve asked me not to come back!”