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Spain sow appealing for Paltrow.

GWYNETH Paltrow has been given a Mediterranean hideaway so she can build a lovenest with new husband Chris Martin - but it's next to a pig farm.

The pregnant Hollywood star got a five-acre plot in a remote part of central Spain as a Christmas present.

She was given the land by Jesus and Julia Lazaro, who she stayed with when she was an exchange student and now considers family. An insider said: "The man who offered Gwyneth the land is a pig farmer and his wife owns a petrol station.

"Their country home is right next to the land where she plans to build a hideaway for her and Chris.

"Between them they're probably the most unlikely pairing you could provide as friends to a Hollywood actress.

"But Gwyneth treats them as she does her blood family. She really loves them and they unquestionably love her.

"She and Chris have busy schedules but they are hoping to start work on plans for a home as soon as possible.

"They already have a fair idea of the sort of place they want.

"The smell of the pigs can be a bit overpowering. But Gwyneth is a regular visitor and she's sure to be used to it by now."

The Shakespeare In Love star plans to build a villa-style country mansion on the land near the city of Talavera de la Reina, near the farm which is home to more than 4,500 porkers.

The pigs' meat is used to make Iberian ham, a local delicacy.

Gwyneth is so close to the Lazaros she calls them mum and dad. They call her Winnie and said they treat her as they do their son and three daughters.

Julia added: "We ended up giving each child a plot of land to do what they wanted with it.

"So Gwyneth has also got her piece of land in the country estate. It's an idyllic place and I'm sure she can be very happy here."


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 21, 2004
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