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Rod Stewart buys English stately home with a croquet lawn

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May 06, 2013 | 8:36pm EDT

Rod Stewart and his wife Penny Lancaster have reportedly spent more than $7 million (£4.4 million) on a Grade II listed stately home just outside London. Insiders claim the Stewarts are the new lord and lady of Durrington House, on the edge of England's Epping Forest. The sprawling country retreat comes with a billiard room, 10 bedrooms, five bathrooms and an impressive basement wine cellar, while the grounds feature four cottages, a carriage house with an 18th-century clock tower, a rose garden, an orchard, tennis court and even a croquet lawn. But the multi-millionaire singer recently told Mojo magazine he has quite a bit of renovating to do before he can move in to his new spread, revealing, "I haven't been able to sleep for worrying about roofs and lead pipes, Welsh tiles and felt underlay, damp-proofing and rewiring the whole house." According to celebrity property news website RealEstalker.com, Stewart also owns another stately pile nearby, as well as pads in Beverly Hills and Palm Beach, Florida.

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