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Supermodel buys Suffolk home

PUBLISHED: 18:00 13 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 March 2010

SUPERMODEL Claudia Schiffer and her film-maker fiancé have brought one of the finest Elizabethan mansions in Suffolk as their new home and are believed to be planning to stage their wedding there in less than two week's time.

SUPERMODEL Claudia Schiffer and her film-maker fiancé have bought one of the finest Elizabethan mansions in Suffolk as their new home. They are believed to be planning to stage their wedding there in less than two weeks.

The 31-year-old catwalk queen and her fiancé Matthew Vaughn, producer of hit film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, last week completed the purchase of historic Coldham Hall at Stanningfield, near Bury St Edmunds.

The couple have agreed a price – reported to be in the region of £7.5million – for the Grade I listed 16th century property, which was once home to one of the Gunpowder Plot conspirators of 1605.

The current owner of the hall is multi-millonaire Danish businessman Jens Pilo, a property dealer who has spent a fortune on restoring the mansion and its grounds to their original condition.

Mr Pilo refused to comment at the weekend on the sale of Coldham Hall.

Miss Schiffer and Mr Vaughn are believed to have applied for a special licence to enable them to marry at the hall.

Stars including Sir Elton John, Madonna, soccer star-turned-actor Vinnie Jones and former tennis champion Boris Becker, are already said to have reserved rooms in luxury hotels in the area ready for the star-studded wedding on May 25.

The couple are believed to have invited 300 guests, but exact details of where and when the wedding is taking place will only be sent out at the last minute in a bid to keep the affair a secret.

Florists, up-market caterers and a marquee hire firm have all had to sign confidentiality agreements to keep the location secret.

A public footpath still runs next to the house, which may prove a security worry for the newly-weds.

But locals are said to be determined that it is not closed or diverted because of the hall's famous new owners.

The hall was built in 1575 by Sir Robert Rookwood. His son Ambrose became one of the chief Gun-

powder Plot conspirators.

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