Hurley and Warne splash out on £6 million love nest
It's a long way from their more modest childhood homes.
Having sealed their unlikely union with an engagement, former Gloucestershire-based model Elizabeth Hurley and ex-cricketer Shane Warne can now live like lord and lady of the manor after spending £6million on a Georgian country mansion.
The purchase of Donnington Hall in a picturesque part of Herefordshire is a big step up the property ladder for the former cricketer and his fiancee.
Miss Hurley, 47, who has previously lived on an organic farm near Barnsley, Cirencester, is a comprehensive-educated former teenage punk who grew up in an unpretentious property in Basingstoke, Hampshire, while Mr Warne spent his childhood in a bungalow in a working class area of Melbourne, Australia.
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In contrast, there is plenty of space at magnificent Donnington Hall.
It has 13 bedrooms, five bathrooms, stables, a private lake and tennis courts, as well as 187 acres of land, 46 of which are parkland and landscaped gardens.
With four children between them – Miss Hurley's son Damian and Mr Warne's children Brooke, 15, Jackson, 13, and Summer, ten – and their extensive family and friends, there is plenty of room to accommodate all.
There is also room for a housekeeper and nanny, an extensive cellar, 12 stables, a coach house, tennis court and four estate cottages.
Miss Hurley hinted that buying a property together was an important next move for them as a couple.
She said: "It was very important to us to get engaged because of the children. It was important for Damian's relationship with Shane and his children's with me that they knew it wasn't just a passing flight of fancy for us.
"It gives them a little more stability, understanding we have every intention of getting married and setting up home together."