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Cate Blanchett 'building her own Tate Modern' at 'haunted' $8.6million English countryside mansion 


Cate Blanchett is ‘building her own Tate Modern’ as she amasses art collection inside her ‘haunted’ $8.6million countryside mansion

Cate Blanchett is creating an art gallery at her ‘haunted’ $AU8.6 million mansion in the English countryside, according to a new report. 

The Australian star, 54, is ‘building her very own Tate Modern in the grounds of her English country manor Highwell House’ in Crowborough, East Sussex, The Sydney Morning Herald claimed on Friday. 

The paper quoted an alleged source as saying:  ‘I’ve seen the plans, it’s pretty modest’.  

Update: Cate Blanchett (pictured) is creating an art gallery at her 'haunted' $AU8.6 million mansion in the English countryside, according to a new report

Update: Cate Blanchett (pictured) is creating an art gallery at her ‘haunted’ $AU8.6 million mansion in the English countryside, according to a new report

Another source is said to have added: ‘She has a great art collection but she keeps it in her home, not out in the shed!’ 

Earlier this month, the Hollywood star won planning permission to build a garden office complete with meditation room at the property – despite the discovery of a colony of bats.   

The star wants to demolish a cottage and shed on the grounds of her stunning manor.

Nice digs: The Australian star, 54, is 'building her very own Tate Modern in the grounds of her English country manor Highwell House' in Crowborough, East Sussex, The Sydney Morning Heral d claimed on Friday. The mansion is pictured

Nice digs: The Australian star, 54, is ‘building her very own Tate Modern in the grounds of her English country manor Highwell House’ in Crowborough, East Sussex, The Sydney Morning Heral d claimed on Friday. The mansion is pictured 

The two-time Oscar winner plans to replace the dilapidated buildings with a contemporary garden office, kitted out with a studio and meditation room. 

However The Lord of the Rings star and her husband Andrew Upton, 54, were forced to hit the brakes on the demolition plans last year, after the discovery of bat droppings.

Council chiefs have now given the green light to the proposals, but have demanded a plan for the bats is put together and approved first. 

The paper quoted an alleged source as saying: 'I've seen the plans, it's pretty modest'. Another source is said to have added: 'She has a great art collection but she keeps it in her home, not out in the shed!'

The paper quoted an alleged source as saying: ‘I’ve seen the plans, it’s pretty modest’. Another source is said to have added: ‘She has a great art collection but she keeps it in her home, not out in the shed!’

As part of a report, it was found that the shed, where the ‘tranquil retreat’ was due to be built, was deemed to have ‘high suitability for roosting’.

The cottage, meanwhile, was found to have a ‘low suitability’. However both will require a licence to carry on knocking them down.

According to planning documents lodged with Wealden District Council, return-to-roost surveys and DNA analysis of droppings confirmed ‘the presence of a common pipistrelle bat summer roost’.         

Cate and husband Andrew Upton, 54, splashed a cool $6.25million on their lavish English manor in 2016.

Hey mate! The Oscar winner also plans to replace the dilapidated buildings with a contemporary garden office, kitted out with a studio and meditation room. However she was forced to hit the brakes on the demolition plans last year, after the discovery of bat droppings

Hey mate! The Oscar winner also plans to replace the dilapidated buildings with a contemporary garden office, kitted out with a studio and meditation room. However she was forced to hit the brakes on the demolition plans last year, after the discovery of bat droppings

The Victorian country home has seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms and five reception rooms.

It was originally built in 1890, but began to fall into disrepair in the early 2000s before finally being extensively refurbished in 2015.  

Many locals even believed the home to be haunted, with some claiming to have photographed ghosts inside its walls. 

In 2015, The Sun named the manor Britain’s 13th most creepiest abandoned house.   

English charm: Cate and husband Andrew Upton, 54, (left) splashed a cool $6.25million on their lavish English manor named Highwell House in 2016

English charm: Cate and husband Andrew Upton, 54, (left) splashed a cool $6.25million on their lavish English manor named Highwell House in 2016  



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