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Celebrities who have ditched the bright lights for life on a farm

Many huge names in showbiz and television have hectic lives full of early call-times, constant travel, and late nights.

To offset the stress of the limelight, some celebrities have chosen to make the countryside their home and retire to the tranquillity of a farm.

Away from the red carpet, these celebrities live a very different life which most people may not know about.

Flavia Cacace and Jimi Mistry

After meeting on Strictly Come Dancing as partners in 2010, actor Jimi Mistry and professional dancer Flavia Cacace decided to uproot their life in Guilford and move to rural North Devon.

The couple now run their own farm, and have documented their adventures on an Instagram account called Our Life At The Barn.







Flavia Cacace and Jimi Mistry live on a farm in rural North Devon
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They share videos and pictures of their livestock and produce, such as rams, chickens, and sheep.

The couple are also looking to open their own farm shop and guest house soon.

Kelvin Fletcher

The former Emmerdale actor, motor racing driver and Strictly Come Dancing winner moved to a farm on the edge of the Peak District National Park in 2021.

Kelvin Fletcher lives in the 120-acre piece of land with his wife Liz Marland and two children, Marnie, five, and Milo, three.







The family have documented their new farm life in a BBC show, Kelvin’s Big Farming Adventure.
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The family have recently announced the birth of twin baby boys.

After playing farmer Andy Sugden on the soap for twenty years, Kelvin decided to make the move to try it for real, despite having zero farm experience.

The family have been showing fans how they have adapted to the farm life in the BBC One show Kelvin’s Big Farming Adventure.

Calvin Harris

International Scottish DJ-producer Calvin Harris sold his two multi-million-dollar LA mansions in 2020 to enjoy the rural life in a 138-acre Spanish farm.

He bought Terra Masia, in Ibiza, and now helps look after livestock and grow organic vegetables.







Superstar DJ Calvin Harris has swapped the glamour and lights of the Hollywood Hills for farm life in Ibiza
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Calvin has snapped pictures of the produce his farm has grown, such as carrots and oranges.

The land also producers wine and eggs, and is said to be the island’s largest organic farm.

Terra Masia is also a venue for weddings and special events.

Martin Clunes

Doc Martin actor Martin Clunes regularly travels the world to present documentaries, recently reviewing his animal travelogues in Martin Clunes: My Travels and Other Animals.

When he is not filming, he spends time on his farmhouse in Dorset with his wife Philippa.







Doc Martin actor Martin Clunes lives on a farm in Dorset with his family
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They bought the Beaminster farm in 2017 and look after horses, dogs, sheep, hens, Shetland ponies and 50 Dexter cattle.

In an interview with SagaMartin said: “I love the space and the way everything is changing all the time with the seasons. It keeps me in touch with real life.”

He added that it is “a wonderful way of switching off from the world”.

Hadid family

Bella and Gigi Hadid’ s mum, Yolanda, owns a $4 million ranch in New Hope in Pennsylvania.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star’s model daughters isolated at the 32-acre farm during the coronavirus lockdown, alongside former boyband star Zayn Malik.







Bella and Gigi Hadid spent lockdown at their mum’s farm
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The farm is a world away from their supermodel life
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The sprawling estate has its own horse stables for the horse-loving family, and a botanical garden where Yolanda is creating essential oils and a line of her own gin.

They also have livestock including Scottish highland cattle, chickens, sheep and goats.

Matt Baker

The Countryfile presenter moved to an organic sheep farm in the Durham Dales to help his parents, after his mum was injured in an serious accident.







Countryfile presenter Matt Baker lives on a farm in Hertfordshire with his wife Nicola and their two children
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Matt, and his wife Nicola and two children, documented the experience in a Channel 4 series Matt Baker: Our Farm in the Dales.

The family also own their own smaller farm in the Chilterns, Hertfordshire, where they own their own sheep, donkeys, chicken and dogs.

Martha Stewart

Celebrity chef Martha Stewart owns her own 156-acre farm in Katonah, New York.

She bought the farm in 2000 for $15.2 million and named it Cantitoe Corners; it was previously called Sycamore Farms.







Martha Stewart owns a farm in New York that is like a “small village”
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She has been slowly restoring and rebuilding the estate, adding new properties and refurbishing existing properties on the land.

The Martha Moments blog explains the land is more like a “small village, with a series of houses and out-buildings dotting the expansive grounds”.

It is every chef’s dream, as Martha can use her own vegetables, eggs, fruit and milk in her recipes.

Jason Gardiner

Former Dancing on Ice judge has quit his life of farm to relocate from London to a eco-friendly farm in Portugal.

Jason, 46, was once called ‘Mr Nasty’ on the ITV dance competition and quit his role in 2019.







Dancing On Ice judge Jason Gardiner quit a life of fame to live on a farm in Portugal
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During lockdown, a neighbour let him use an allotment, which allowed him to find a new love for nature.

He now describes himself as a “Nomadic Permaculture Designer” who travels around encouraging people to be more sustainable.

In one Instagram post, Jason wrote: “Getting back to basics where you don’t have to rely on an extortionate supply chain for your energy is something we all need to seriously consider.”

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban

Actress Nicole Kidman and her husband Keith Urban own a $4.5 million working farm in Bunya Hill, Australia, which they bought in 2008.







Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban own a $4.5 million working farm in Australia
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The 111 acre land has an orchard filled with fresh fruit and is home to a herd of Black Angus cows, six alpacas and chickens.

In 2015, Nicole told Vogue magazine that she loves “the simplicity, the air, the peace” of her farm life Down Under.

Although this is not the only property the A list couple own, it is said that they spend half of the year on the farm.

Elizabeth Hurley

Actress and model Elizabeth Hurley bought a 400 acre organic farm in Gloucestershire in 2003.

The 56 year old left the chaos of London with her son Damian and then-husband Arun Nayar.







Liz Hurley lived on a working farm between 2003 and 2015
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The farm was home to sheep, chickens and other animals.

Eventually, Elizabeth sold the farm in 2015 for £9 million and moved closer to the Forest of Dean.

Russell Crowe

Actor Russell Crowe owns a 400 hectare farm in New South Wales, Australia.

The plot was ravaged by a fire in November 2019, and Russell chose to miss the Golden Globe awards to help his neighbours battle the flame.







Russell Crowe’s 400-hectare Australian farm was hit by the bush fires at the end of 2019
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He shared photos of the damaged farms and its recovery after heavy rainfall.

Russell even invited Oprah Winfrey to visit the farm and he showed off his 500 cows.

JB Gill

JLS pop star JB Gill has relocated his wife Chloe and two kids to an 11-acre farm in Kent, which homes animals such as turkeys and chickens.

He told the BBC that he had always wanted to move away from the bright lights of fame.







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JB and his wife relocated to Kent

Here, he presents farming shows CBeebies’ Down on the Farm and Channel 5’s On The Farm.

JB has supported a campaign to promote British pears and apples, and encourage people to buy local.

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