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CHURCHILL'S PAINTING RETREAT.

Byline: With Nigel Lewis

Gary Oldman has won praise for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the wartime drama Darkest Hour, currently playing in cinemas.

It follows Churchill's struggle to gain power as the political elite tried to decide who was best to lead the country during the run-up to WWII. But there is a softer side to Churchill that isn't included in the film; that he was an accomplished painter. And both before and after his time leading the UK through the war, his favourite spot to park his easel was in the South of France.

His base during these holidays with his wife Clementine was at Domaine du Paradou, a large house and estate owned by British friends, near St Tropez.

The house features tunnels used during the war by the French resistance to evade capture by the Nazis, and an Ionic column in the garden was given to the owners by underwater explorer and TV star Jacques Cousteau.

After being offered for sale last summer but then withdrawn, Domaine du Paradou is back on the market, put up for sale by the same family that Churchill and his wife knew.

The property, which is available either as two separate estates or as one, includes 40 acres of gardens and grounds, two main villas and over half a dozen guest houses, outbuildings and staff flats. It's for sale through specialist French property agency Home Hunts (0208 144 5501) for PS7.5 million as a whole.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Loughborough Echo (Loughborough, England)
Date:Feb 14, 2018
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