Jamie’s for-beaver home

JAMIE Oliver’s new £6mil­lion Es­sex coun­try pile boasts a six-bed El­iz­a­bethan man­sion, three-bed lodge and a con­verted cart shed.

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But the su­per­star chef ’s 70-acre es­tate also comes with some­thing else – two very well­pro­tected sit­ting ten­ants.

The dad-of-five, 43, snapped up the North Es­sex site last month.

But when he moves in he’ll have no choice but to share with the ex­ist­ing res­i­dents – two rare Eurasian beavers.

The an­i­mals were set to be in­tro-

duced to the grounds in De­cem­ber by the for­mer owner to help stop lo­calised flood­ing. The scheme, backed by the En­vi­ron­ment Agency, is the first time beavers will have lived in Es­sex for 400 years.

The agency’s Matt Butcher said at the time: “The beavers bring an­other ex­cit­ing di­men­sion, as we can as­sess how ef­fec­tive they are as flood en­gi­neers.”

Jamie’s reps have not com­mented on his house-share sit­u­a­tion. How­ever the ten­ants are no­tice­ably longer in the tooth than he and his fam­ily.

As for the beavers, it is un­der­stood they won’t give a, er, damn, about liv­ing with him and wife Jools, 44.

The chef did their species a huge favour in 2011 when he ex­posed food com­pa­nies for us­ing very pri­vate beaver parts as a vanilla food flavour­ing.

Jamie told a shocked David Let­ter­man at the time: “More to the point, who found out that the beaver anal gland tastes good?”

Sounds like they’ve found a pukka house­mate to me.


EA­GER BEAVEROliver will be shar­ing his home with furry friends

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