Sheeranville: Inside Ed Sheeran’s incredible country estate with his own pub and recording studio
When you’re a global megastar with an tonnes of famous friends wanting to come over, you need space to entertain.
Rather than move to a bigger pad, Ed Sheeran — whose friends included Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John and Taylor Swift — has opted to expand his village home, and keep expanding.
This week it emerged Sheeran now plans to build a massive outdoor kitchen and BBQ at his estate in Suffolk, northeast of London.
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Since buying his Grade II listed farmhouse seven years ago, the multi-millionaire singer-songwriter has put in as many planning applications as he’s had hits and has turned his pile into a mini-village dubbed ‘Sheeranville’.
The additions to the 28-year-old star’s estate — featuring everything from an orangery to a spiral wine cellar — has created a divide in the sleepy Suffolk village.
“It’s never-ending,” one neighbour told The Sun. “It’s not surprising he’s ruffled a few feathers locally.”
Here is how Sheeran — who grew up in historic town Framlingham just three kilometres away from the estate — has transformed the sleepy enclave into a millionaire’s playground.
A HUGE MODERN DETACHED FARMHOUSE is the estate’s main house. Bought in June 2012 for $1.6 million, it includes a billiards room and an additional “man cave” complete with recording studio and a jacuzzi.
2: A 16TH CENTURY GRADE II LISTED FARMHOUSE was snapped up by Sheeran for $800,000 in the same year.
3: A FOUR-BEDROOM HOME in front of his farmhouse was bought for $1.65 million in September 2016.
4: THE BUNGALOW close to his property went for a relative song at $940,000 in 2017.
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5: THE PUB, featuring a selection of beers, was granted planning permission in 2017 as long as Sheeran used bricks and tiles that were in keeping with the original barn.
It features underground rooms with a 10m by 6m cinema and a 2m-wide tunnel to the main house.
Planning officials feared the pub’s 5m sign saying The Lancaster Lock, to honour Sheeran’s wife Cherry Lancaster Seaborn, could undermine the “character” of the area but later let him keep it.
6: A TREE HOUSE measuring 8m x 8m has a living room, study and TV audio visual room. Dubbed a “Hobbit Hole” by some, it gives Sheeran and his pals views across the rollings hills.
7: A MODERN EXTENSION to the main house features a gym and indoor pool, with changing room and outdoor seating. He knocked down a cart lodge to build it.
8: FOUR-SPACE GARAGE that looks like a barn.
9: AN OUTDOOR KITCHEN is the latest tweak Sheeran wants to make to his country pile. He wants it to have a 1.4-metre-high terracotta chimney pizza oven and two large barbecues next to the pub.
Complete with high-end decking, a York stone bar and seating, it would be the ideal spot to wine and dine guests al fresco.
10: A $900,000 ‘WILDLIFE POND’ drew complaints from locals who alleged it was being used as a swimming pool, as it had steps, a handrail and a jetty.
Local Tony Robinson wrote: “I believe the development of the site is more about creating an environment for a ‘wild lifestyle’ rather than actual ‘wildlife’!”
Sheeran was allowed to keep the pond, but the council ordered him to remove a nearby wooden caravan that had been converted into a sauna.
Another of his planning defeats was a wedding chapel he wanted to build for when he and Cherry married last year.
Officials ruled the proposed 15m Saxon style round tower would create “unsatisfactory visual impacts”.
The only way you’d know a man worth almost $300 million lives in the village is the fleet of works vans parked up behind the large wooden fence that shields the complex, with deliveries taken from boutique furniture company Jayrest Interiors.
Locals in the pretty village of just 600 people say they haven’t seen their famous neighbour for weeks.
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“We rarely see Ed round here at the moment,” one local told The Sun.
“But there’s so much construction work going on that he’s probably steering well clear.
“With all the money he has I find it strange that he’s not just gone out and spent a few million pounds on a mansion deep in the countryside.”
But another backed the singer, saying: “Good luck to the guy — at least he’s spending his hard-earned money with local builders, and I am sure it will look lovely when it’s done.
“You can quite easily live here and not know that we’re home to one of the biggest stars in the music world.”
This story originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission