Cheryl Cole to sell £3.5m marital mansion and 'downsize'

Cheryl Cole to sell £3.5m marital mansion and 'downsize'


Girls Aloud singer and X Factor judge Cheryl Cole is reportedly putting her Surrey mansion on the market, following her separation from Ashley Cole.

The 27 year-old star is looking to downsize from the £3.5 million estate, according to a report in the Sun newspaper, and is on the hunt for a West London property close to Heathrow airport.

The historic property – which was used in World War II as a home for Canadian troops preparing the D-Day landings – is set to go on the market as soon as Cheryl and Ashley Cole’s divorce comes through.

The pop star and footballer bought the nine-bedroom mansion in October 2007, making numerous changes to the property – including a three-storey extension, five-a-side football pitch, garden pavilion and two oak-framed garages.

However, their planning application for an underground swimming pool, gym and spa was refused by Guildford Borough Council in October 2008, after it was deemed “a disproportionate addition” to the house, and “unacceptable”.

It was also reported in July that Ashley Cole had built a secret casino room at the mansion, to escape Cheryl’s mother, Joan Callaghan, who moved into the property when the Chelsea defender’s extramarital affairs were first discovered.

Cheryl is still living in the mansion with her mother, who has been helping her through a recent battle with the deadly illness malaria, however an unnamed source told the Sun she’s already looking for a new home.

“It will be a lot smaller than what she has now,” the source added. “She doesn’t need a huge estate.”

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