The relaxing pastoral hills of Westchester County north of New York City is home to hordes of American celebrities, who desire a quiet countryside setting that is proximate to midtown Manhattan. Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones’ $5.75 million modest house in Bedford is the latest addition to a long list of properties owned by her and husband Michael Douglas, which includes a couple of houses in Bermuda, Majorca, Wales, and Turks & Caicos. In fact going by previous standards, the star couple’s latest buy is a far cry from existing properties like the luxury Kenilworth apartment in New York’s west Central Park area. But this Colonial style mansion still has enough liveliness to catch the gaze of onlookers strolling across the carefully crafted boulevards of Westchester County.
Location: Bedford, Westchester County north of New York City.
Accommodation: With 5 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms, the house is spread across a 5.7 acre estate, and boasts a total floor space of 6,300 square feet. The house also has separate guest house or caretaker cottage. In addition to the master suite with its Delph blue and white toile covered everything, there are two more en-suite bedrooms and a fourth, the only bedroom with a fireplace, that shares a pooper with an office and the laundry facilities.
Features: The house boasts of tantalizing hardwood floors, five fireplaces, a spacious country-style kitchen with two dishwashers, a grass tennis court, a private swimming pond, and a sprawling lawn.
The mansion is surrounded on three sides by a famed horse stable, and an extensive gravel driveway leads to the white brick mansion with six over six windows and classy black shutters.
The ground floor also boasts of a library and dining room both equipped with fireplace, a sun room having a row of arched fan lights, French doors and a private bedroom meant for house-keepers and governesses.
Further, a tree-shaded brick terrace off the home's back steps down to vast swathes of lawn kept green by a sprinkler system.
Neighborhood: Bedford and the surrounding communities of Westchester County boast of a wide array of high profile property owners like businesswoman and ex-convict Martha Stewart, Mathew Bronfman (heir to the Seagram’s breweries fortune), actors Glenn Close, Chevy Chase, Richard Gere and wife Carrie Lowell, billionaire financier George Soros and fashion designing behemoth Ralph Lauren.
Acclaimed interior designer Stephen Ryan has put in his best to create this marvel of a home for the celebrity couple. There are no reliable estimates of the cost of this home but pictures reveal that it must have cost the couple many millions of dollars. As Michael Douglas put it, it has been family legacy to live on this island, as his Bermudian mother's ancestors have been on the island since 1610. The home was completed in 2001.
Location: This island is located off the east coast of USA in the North Atlantic Ocean. It is about a 90 minute flight from New York.
Accommodation: Located on the oceanfront, the property is on a sparsely populated island. One of the striking features of this home is the large living room which can easily house 14 guests. The master bedroom with its elaborate lace-panel canopy is more than heaven for a couple. There is a guest bedroom too made with a palette of simple and elegant colors. There are three bathrooms and the cozy home has been built for lavish luxury of a family and is not exactly one which accommodates many people. And, the fact that the actual living area and other information about the rooms that the property holds are not available, showcasing that it is a real privacy haven.
Features: A high wall fences the home and allows an abundance of privacy at home and even in the garden. In fact, Catherine has been quoted saying that in New York, she misses walking around naked as she could in Bermuda. The dining room is opulent with red walls while there is a cozy and beautiful fireplace in the living room. There is a large magnificent pool with its own poolhouse and shower, and a large patio with patio furniture is well hidden among the trees surrounding the property. Further, the guest room which has been named as the "white room" by the couple features twisted-oak candlesticks with many acrylic-framed collections of the intaglio seals.
Neighborhood: As stated before, the home is quite isolated and private. The plush home is located in quite sparse surroundings and has nature all around - the greens of trees and blues of seas!
The guest room
The pool area
The dining area
Another living hall
The master bedroom
The living hall
A firm of Swansea-based architects, Michael Batcup Architects, constructed a plush home for Catherine Zeta Jones in Swansea, her place of birth, for an estimated $1 million. The property was commissioned in 2003.
Location: Plunch Lane, Mumbles, Swansea located in the county of Wales.
Accommodation: Located in the Welsh seaside, the home has been built as a six-bedroom detached dwelling. This ensures ample space with privacy for at least 14 people. The large master bedroom is luxurious like the others in any of Zeta Jones' homes.
Features: Seeing the home, one is left to wonder if luxury can get any better. Surrounding the estate on one side is a large tree plantation that doubles up as a mini forest. A small parking area with a medium sized yard surround the home. Located within the walls is a extremely well-stacked library. Add to this a huge family room along with an elaborate gym and you have a luxury home for even an extended family. The guest bedrooms are all oozing with opulence.
Neighborhood: Swansea is a fishing village and so this is a coastal neighborhood. But there are many celebrities of differing degrees that stay here too. Bonnie Tyler, the Welsh superhit singer is often seen here doing her shopping in The Mumbles.
It's not surprising that Catherine Zeta Jones loves driving her Jaguar XJR which is considered as one of the fastest cars around. The car has an all new aluminum body and a 4.2 liter V8 engine that gives around 499 hp. There are only a few cars in this category which has features like six speed automatic transmission and it reaches 0 to 60 in just 5 secs. The car's shock absorbers gets automatically adjusted in tune with the speed of the vehicle and road conditions. The $83K car has huge leg and headroom, offering maximum comfort, and features like touch-screen display, plush seats and a fully functional stereo makes it worthy of price, which however doesn't matter to the actress.
In what is one of the most expensive celebrity weddings, the heroine of the Mask of Zorro married the producer of One flew over the Cuckoo's nest in New York's Plaza Hotel. It is estimated that the bill in 2006 for the Catherine-Michael wedding came to $1.5 million. To ensure that there are no gatecrashers, the invited guests had to present their hologram-embedded invites written in invisible ink to the 50-odd policemen engaged. $300,000 was spent on the bridal tiara studded with diamonds and $140,000 on the bridal gown.
On the month of June, 2007, Catherine Zeta Jones was seen holidaying with her husband, Michael Douglas in the beautiful Menorca Islands of Spain.
Location: Menorca is a part of Balearic Islands of Spain. Menorca island is one of the most ancient islands in Spain.
Accommodation: Menorca is a popular holiday spot for international tourists. There are some quality accommodation facilities available in this particular Balearic island. Some of the top lodging options includes La Quinta, Insotel punta prima, Royal family club, Rural binigaus vell, and Santo Tomas.
Main Attractions: The beautiful Menorca island is filled with numerous landmarks. Leave the beaches aside. They are obviously nice and sultry. But, an island sightseeing tour is necessary. At the south eastern part of this island lies Cales Coves, ancient caves that depict earliest of human settlements. Then, head towards Xoriguer Distillery located near to harbour,Moll de Ponent. It is a 18th century liquor distillery, notable for producing finest quality of Gin. Other notable attractions include Es Freginal park, Mahon harbour, Los Delfines waterpark, Monte Toro, Naveta des tudons, and old town of Ciutadella. There are some pleasant views on offering if visited the countryside of Minorca. Golf lovers can head towards Son Parc. This area features lush green golf courses, some finest dining options, and definitely the classic beaches.However, the longest beach is located at Son Bou. It is near about 3 km long! However, never forget to visit Cala Pregonda. This beautiful bay is surrounded by tamarisk and pine woods. The beach is simply stunning. However, special permission is required to visit this bay region.
Hholidaying with her husband, Michael Douglas
Enjoying with her husband on the streets of Spain
Catherine Zeta Jones was seen holidaying with her husband, Michael Douglas in the beautiful Menorca Islands of Spain.
In the month of June, 2011, Catherine Zeta Jones was seen holidaying with her husband, Michael Douglas, and friend, Jon Bon Jovi in the beautiful coastal town of St. Tropez.
Location: St. Tropez is a coastal town situated on the Var Department of PACA region. St. Tropez is located in the south eastern part of France.
Accommodation: Being a popular travel destination among international tourists, most notably celebrities and business tycoons, St. Tropez features quite a few luxury five star accommodation options. Some of the top 5 star accommodation options available in this coastal town are Benkirai, Villa Marie, Byblos, Chateau de la messardiere, Althoff hotel villa belrose, La Bastide, Sezz, Four Seasons, Domaine de l'astragale, and Tiara Yaksta.
Main Attractions: St. Tropez is famous for its beautiful beaches and long coastal lines. The Bonne Terrase and Pampelone beaches are quite ravishing. The old Port ("Le Vieux Port") is one important place not be missed. Other attractions include old gendarmerie station, marina, Tour Jarlier, citadel canyons, maritime museum, butterfly museum, and Château Suffren. The place is more popular for surfing and other water sport activities. Luxury yacht and cruise rides across the Mediterranean Sea are very popular.
Enjoying vacations with partner
Boarding on a yacht
French Riviera Vacation
French Riviera, is truly a travel destination associated with holidays for as long as holidays have ever existed. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones enjoyed vacation aboard a yacht, and reportedly remained tuned into the ongoing breaking news in the scandals surrounding Rupert Murdoch. On board the yacht, the couple even got affectionate for pictures. And, later in the evening both also disembark to have a delighting dinner at famous Tetou.
Location: Synonymous with summer holidays and famed for its beauty, the French Riviera is located in the Mediterranean coastline of the south-east corner of France.
Accommodation: French Riviera features a range of spectacular hotels and resorts which ensures visitors comfortable and delightful stay.
Main attractions: Glamorous coastal town of Cannes is the perfect location for French Riviera holiday, where one can enjoy the way stars spend their holidays, cocktails in hand, shopping and all other finer things in life.
French Riviera also hosts numerous festivals and events, including prominent ones like Monaco Grand Prix, Cannes Film Festival and International Circus festival.
And, for those on a tight budget can opt for Grasse, which is famous for its flower growing space and perfume industry which is notably the source of 90% of the world’s fragrances.
With 4 French Riviera golf courses, Mougins is famous as an artist’s heaven, as this is the place where the world acclaimed artist Picasso lived, worked and died. Even this place is said to be one of the favorite gourmet centers of Elizabeth Taylor.
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the French Riviera
Aboard a yacht in the French Riviera
Out for dinner with her husband, Michael Douglas
St Barts Vacation
Academy Award winning Welsh actress who is equally talented on stage and screen, Catherine Zeta-Jones was spotted holidaying in one of the world’s famous holiday destination St. Barts, along with Michael Douglas, Hollywood Royality, and two children named, Dylan and Carys. A perfect mix of Welsh and Irish, Catherine Zeta-Jones enjoyed photographing the spectacular beach location, along with the boat ride with friends.
Location: Discovered by Columbus in 1493, St. Barts is known as one of the French overseas territory and the Caribbean beach destination, located between the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, in the Northern Antilles Arc.
Accommodation: Featuring all range of luxurious as well as affordable accommodations, St. Barts as a renowned holiday destination ensures a comfy and enjoyable stay for all the visitors. One can also opt an option from more than 350 villas, can even rent a yacht of choice. Some of the best rated hotels includes Hotel Le Toiny, Salines Garden Cottage and Eden Rock Hotel.
Main Attractions: Undoubtedly, the pristine white sand beaches of St. Barts have been an all time favorite for Catherin Zeta-Jones.
For those looking for the true French Caribbean, a holiday to St. Barths is truly the right choice.
Further, the St. Barts breathtaking collection of 17 marvelous and beautiful beaches with white sand offers the visitors a place for numerous outdoor activities like tennis, volleyball, scuba diving, sunbathing, sailing, and water-ski.
Other major holiday attractions includes its untouched wildlife, entertaining and incredible night life, rejuvenating spa treatments and amazing shopping destinations.
With her partner
Enjoys paddle boarding
Enjoying the vacations
Elie Saab Fall 2011 RTW T-Bar Open-Toe Sandals
Catherine Zeta-Jones flaunted her designer sandals to the premiere of the movie 'Rock of Ages' in Los Angeles. It boasts of 100% leather upper, inner and sole high heels with metal detailing measuring 14cm. The shoe features a T-bar strap with an adjustable ankle strap and gold tone buckles.
Alice + Olivia Glitter-Finish Stretch-Jersey Dress
Catherine has been snapped wearing this Alice + Olivia Glitter's finish stretch-jersey black dress while attending a high profile event with her husband. Made of 94% acetate,6% elastane with 94% nylon lining and 6% spandex, this black stretch-jersey sleeveless dress has a double V neck with ruched sides and black seams in shimmering gold finish.
Judith Leiber Mojave Clutch
Catherine has been spotted carrying this designer clutch to an awards show. Designed in the shape of a beautiful box with a protective signature bag, it features tortoiseshell silver polished cage and large crystals accents, and available in champagne/copper and ebonized/jet colors.
Havaianas Brazil Flip Flop
The actress has been photographed wearing the Havaianas Brazil Flip Flop frequently. Sporting an embellished Havaianas logo and Brazilian Flag, flip flop is made of rubber sole with a cushioned foot-bed, and its rubber upper thong construction is perfect for going to sandy beaches.
Van Cleef & Arpels Eliza Diamond Earrings
The artist donned her high-end designer earrings to the 68th Golden Globe Awards held in Los Angeles. The earrings are made from 76 round pear shaped Marquise diamonds of 26.8 carats purity, and the precious stones have been set with platinum.
Marcello De Cartier Handbag
Miss Jones often flaunts her luxurious brown Marcello De Cartier handbag. The accessory features soft, pure leather and the overall amazing look are completed with its metallic round studs on either side. Its lining is made of high quality of microfiber with magnets with colors ranging from white to brown.