Guy Ritchie buys an airfield as part of his plan to build a holiday camp for the rich and famous
FILMAST Guy Ritchie has bought an airfield as part of his plans to build a holiday camp for the rich and famous.
He took over the picturesque Compton Abbas airfield next to his sprawling 1,200-acre Ashcombe estate on the Dorset-Wiltshire border.
In a post on the airfield’s website, Ritchie says, “Improvements to buildings and infrastructure will be made in a sympathetic manner.”
Ritchie, 54, is already locked in a planning war with the local parish council over plans to build 11 luxury cabins on his estate.
Eric Adams, a councillor, said in a submission to the planning authority: “It’s a new development, isn’t it? It’s a huge app.
“We want the council to reject the application, it was unanimous. This is an area of outstanding beauty.
If it gets the go-ahead, guests will be able to go shoot, sample beer from an on-site brewery and stay in pioneer-style cabins.
They will be furnished in the greatest luxury with copper fittings, leather sofas and insulated parquet.
Ritchie bought the country stack with ex-wife Madonna in 2001 before landing it in a £50million divorce settlement seven years later.
The estate’s Georgian mansion was previously the home of famed photographer Cecil Beaton.
Madonna said of Ashcombe: “There’s something very mystical about it…in the summer it’s the most beautiful place in the world.”
Ritchie now lives on the estate with his second wife, Jacqui Ainsley and their children.
He won permission to build two lakes on the estate in 2018 and in 2019 planning chiefs agreed he could provide bed and breakfast accommodation for wealthy guests on his land.