George Clooney and wife Amal Alamuddin welcomed to ‘new home’ in Berkshire village
Sonning’s vicar tells of ‘excitement’ at talk of couple buying £10m home
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Published: 10 October 2014
Updated: 12:13, 10 October 2014
Residents of a small Thameside village today promised George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Clooney a “friendly welcome”, following reports that the newlyweds have bought a home in the area.
Villagers in Sonning, Berkshire, spoke of their excitement over rumours that the Hollywood actor and the human rights lawyer had bought a £10 million Grade II-listed manor house on the river.
Reverend Jamie Taylor, the vicar of Sonning, said he had been inundated with calls from American news outlets overnight.
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“If they want to get involved in village life then they’ll find a friendly welcome.
“I haven’t seen the happy couple and it hasn’t actually been verified, it’s just a rumour.”
The couple, who got married in Venice last month, were reportedly spotted in The Bull Inn, a 16th-century pub, on Saturday night, fuelling speculation that they were moving to the village.
Landlady Christine Mason admitted that there was “a little bit of a buzz” among residents. “People are sort of wandering around, we’ve got press all over the place and it’s getting a bit hectic,” she said. The nine-bedroom house which the couple have reportedly bought has a library, gym, spa, steam room, cellar, boathouse and a cottage for guests or staff. It is set in four acres surrounded by trees and gardens