George Clooney paid for neighbours to stay in hotel during house works

We’ll just call him Generous George from now on…

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George Clooney paid for neighbours to stay in hotel during house works

The best way to keep your neighbours happy during renovation works to your home? Pay for them to stay in an upmarket hotel for a month while it happens.

That's exactly what George Clooney and his wife Amal did while £12 million of work was carried out on their home in Sonning, Berkshire.

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The Hollywood couple paid for neighbours John and Clare Grove, 58 and 49, to stay at The French Horn just 300m down the road.

The couple are reportedly regulars at the dining spot on the Thames, which his also a favourite of Prime Minister Theresa May.

The Clooneys' Grade II-listed property stands on a five and a half-acre island on the Thames, and the Groves are the only other residents on the island.

Refurbishment work started in late 2015 and included the addition of a 12-seater cinema, a 60ft swimming pool and a tennis court, reports the Daily Mail.

According to The Sun, the couple also "even paid to have the road damaged by the builders' lorries to be completely re-laid".

Their home is said to be worth around £20 million.


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