Celebrity Cotswolds: Countryside hills are A-list capital of Britain

Essex may be the home of footballers and soap stars.

But the sleepy Cotswolds have become the celebrity capital of the UK, a survey has revealed.

Outside London, there are more A-listers per acre in the Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire hills than anywhere else in the UK.


Stella McCartney

Lily Allen

Exclusive address: Kate Moss, Stella McCartney and Lily Allen all have homes in the Cotswolds

the Cotswolds

Location, location, location: The picturesque villages in the Cotswolds have become a mecca for the influential

The Cotswolds have become the
geographical equivalent of a celebrity-endorsed product because of the
increasing number of big names moving into the area, the findaporperty.com study revealed.

They were was also the venue for Kate Moss's wedding to Jamie Hince – so lavish it was dubbed 'Moss-Stock'.

Around 48 well-known people are thought to be living within its borders.

 Kate Moss and Jamie Hince in Southrop, Cotswold

Lily Allen

Wedding venue: Kate, left, and Lily were married in the bride exclusive area last summer

And property analyst Samantha Baden
says there are probably another dozen or so who also have Cotswold homes
but are 'keeping a low profile.'

Zara Phillips and her fiance Mike Tindall

Zara Phillips and her fiance Mike Tindall at their home in Cheltenham after announcing their engagement

living in the Cotswolds include Kate Winslet, Prince
Charles, Hugh Grant, Liz Hurley ,
Damien Hirst, Kate Moss and Jamie Hince, Lily Allen and Stella Macartney.

Others include best-selling author
Joanna Trollope, Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond, writer Jilly Cooper, the Princess Royal, actress Fiona Fullerton and presenter Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen, Keith Allen, Zara
Phillips and Mike Tindall, Anne Robinson , and comedian Rory Bremner.

Tina Hobley, food critic Matthew Fort,
Tony Adams and Richard Ashcroft.

a feast of fame has no direct affect on house prices, despite claims by
some agents that stars can push up prices in a local area – even though
the county's homes cost on average 100,000 more than the national

The Cotswolds are a range of hills in west-central England, sometimes called the Heart of England.

They extend across the counties of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, parts of Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

In recent years the picturesque villages in north-west Oxfordshire have become a mecca for the influential.

Also living nearby are Amanda Holden, Blur star-turned-country gentleman Alex James, and Rebekah
Brooks, the former News International chief executive.

Liz Hurley at the Cotswold Show at Cirencester Park near to her home in Gloucestershire

Jeremy Clarkson rides a Scooter near his Oxfordshire home

Famous faces: Liz Hurley, pictured in 2010, at the Cotswold Show at Cirencester Park near to her home in Gloucestershire and Jeremy Clarkson rides a Vespa near his Oxfordshire home in 2008


Who's who: The Cotwalds are a celebrity hotspot

Who's who: The Cotwolds, deemed an area of outstanding beauty, are a celebrity hotspot