Gwyneth Paltrow house hunting in Cornwall as many A-Listers buy mansions there
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Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow is the latest celebrity to eye up a holiday home in Cornwall.
Although usually based in sunny LA, the Iron Man and Shakespeare in Love star has reportedly been checking out properties in the quaint seaside village of Polzeath.
The area has a ladies’ surf club so Gwyneth should feel right at home given the popularity of the sport in California.
“Gwyneth has been in the area recently and has been looking at a couple of potential places for a holiday home,” a local said. “She isn’t a stranger and has spent a bit of time in Cornwall over the years.
“Some locals can get annoyed at the number of rich out of towners who come and buy up houses around our area but everyone seems pretty excited about the idea of having Gwyneth moving in,” they told The Sun.
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Express.co.uk has contacted representatives for Gwyneth Paltrow for comment.
According to census data, Cornwall is the most popular destination in the UK for people to own a second home, with 6,080 holiday homes used by 14,230 people.
Should Gwyneth follow through on purchasing a property in the area, she would be in good company, as the influx of celebrities buying homes in Cornwall has led to it being dubbed Hollywood on Sea.
Belfast star Jamie Dornan, double Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett and The Devil Wears Prada’s Stanley Tucci, all have places up the coast.
Earlier this year Aquaman actor Jason Momoa was reported to be eyeing up properties in the area after he fell in love with it while filming The Lost Kingdom.
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However, locals have complained that “Cornwall’s best-kept secret” is now home to those who are not part of rural life.
They say traditional 1930s bungalows are being demolished and replaced by what they described as “James Bond-esque Lego blocks” which few can afford.
Susan Schofield, 65, who has farmed land in the area for 50 years, told the MailOnline the new arrivals “don’t like the smell of cow dung”. She said: “They don’t seem to have any idea that this is the countryside. I have had complaints when I put cows in my field because people don’t like the smell or they expect to be able to walk across my land whenever they want.”
Margaret Behr, 64, moved into a bungalow overlooking the beach in 2009 and told the publication that she thinks there are now too many holiday homes.
She said: “I’d say only about 18 to 20 per cent are locals now, four in five houses are dark in the winter which can make it a lonely place. I completely understand why people want to live here. It’s a stunning place but it’s still quite basic and unpretentious and that’s what we need to protect.”
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