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HOGGYWOOD; Gwyneth's villa near pig farm.

Byline: GERARD COUZENS in Madrid

THIS is the remote spot where Gwyneth Paltrow will build a hideaway mansion...and have 4,500 pigs as neighbours.

The pregnant Hollywood star was given the five-acre plot as a Christmas present by a couple she has known since childhood.

But it is right next to their pig farm near the village of Buenaventura in central Spain. It was a gift from Jesus Lazaro and his wife Julia, who Gwyneth first met as a 15-year-old on a language exchange with their son.

Mum-of-four Julia said: "We treat Gwyneth as we do our own daughters. We decided to give each child a plot of land to do what they wanted with it. It's idyllic. She'll be happy here."

An insider added: "The smell of the pigs can be overpowering. But Gwyneth is a regular visitor and I expect she'll be used to it by now."

Gwyneth is so close to Jesus and Julia she calls them mum and dad. The couple, who have a pounds 2million home near the farm, call her Winnie.

The actress plans to build a villa on the plot - 20 miles from the nearest city of Talavera de la Reina - so she and Coldplay singer husband Chris Martin can relax during breaks.

The insider said: "They are hoping to start work on the site as soon as possible."


PLOT: Gwyn will have pigs as neighbours
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 21, 2004
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