Dave the surf dude splashes £2m on Cor­nish hol­i­day home

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Comment - By Ned Dono­van

HE already owns a £3.6mil­lion prop­erty in Not­ting Hill, a £1.5mil­lion Cotswolds cot­tage with a £25,000 ‘shep­herd’s hut’ in the gar­den, and now for­mer Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron has splashed out on a £2 mil­lion hol­i­day home in Corn­wall.

Cameron, 51, has bought a clifftop house over­look­ing the sea. Neigh­bours to the ‘mas­sive’ prop­erty are said to in­clude celebrity chef Gor­don Ram­say.

Since leav­ing of­fice in June last year, Cameron has been work­ing on his mem­oirs, bought by an im­print of HarperCollins for a £1 mil­lion ad­vance.

To make the pur­chase, it is un­der­stood the ex-pre­mier has had to take out a sub­stan­tial mort­gage.

Mr Cameron and wife Sa­man­tha, 46, pur­chased their Not­ting Hill pad for £1.1mil­lion in 2006.

The cou­ple and their three chil­dren week­end at a cot­tage in Chip­ping Nor­ton, Ox­ford­shire, in his for­mer Wit­ney con­stituency which they bought for £650,000 in 2001.

Ear­lier this year it emerged he spent £25,000 on a lux­ury ‘shep­herd’s hut’ for the gar­den.

News of his lat­est ac­qui­si­tion comes only days af­ter Mr Cameron was con­tro­ver­sially tipped to take a job with a £500mil­lion Bri­tish-China busi­ness fund af­ter vis­it­ing Bei­jing to lobby fi­nance min­is­ters.

The ru­mours raised fresh ques­tions about lob­by­ing rules for for­mer se­nior politi­cians when it emerged the for­mer Prime Min­is­ter trav­elled to China on be­half of his friend and for­mer donor Lord Chadling­ton, who is back­ing the fund.

A spokesman for Mr Cameron told The Sun: ‘David has al­ways loved spend­ing time in Corn­wall and has dreamt of hav­ing his own place there.’

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