When David and Victoria Beckham posed with fans at a convenience store in Gloucestershire, it was presumed they were just enjoying a weekend break to unwind from their hectic, globe-trotting schedules. Now it seems the supercouple are in the market for a plush new country pad in the area, having been seen in the villages of Nailsworth and Stroud.
The Beckhams are currently renting a home in London, after selling their Hertfordshire estate, dubbed 'Beckingham Palace', when they bought it as newlyweds in 1999. They have bought a £31.5 million house in the capital, but it is being renovated. With their brand worth a combined £500million, it's not out of their reach to also buy a country bolthole.
David and Victoria Beckham are apparently in the market for a plush country retreat
There are two possible contenders for the new Beckingham Palace – the first is a £27million estate Grade II-listed country home in the Cotswolds, which has not been named. The ten-bedroom mansion is located on the banks of the River Dikler, which offers trout fishing and there is also the potential for pheasant and partridge shooting.
Another unique feature, which would prove a hit with their children Brooklyn, 16; Romeo, 13; Cruz, ten; and daughter Harper, four is the flock of 1,800 ewes which graze the grounds.
The Cotswolds offer unparalleled views and accessibility to London
Surrounded by landscaped gardens designed by famous architect Edwin Lutyens, the estate is said to be perfect for someone who wants to entertain in private.
Clive Hopkins, from estate agents Knight Frank, told the Daily Mail: "It is right in the heart of the Cotswolds and is very private. You cannot see the main home unless you are on the estate but it is still easily accessible."
The estate boasts two entrance lodges, 11 cottages and planning permission for four further homes. Neighbours include Prince Charles, whose country retreat Highgrove is nearby and his sister Princess Anne on the Gatcombe estate.
David and Victoria's other possible choice is Amberley House, a property set in 22 acres of land and worth £5.4 million. Also Grade II-listed it has an infinity swimming pool and tennis court, a two-bedroom lodge and pool house, and a stables.
The famous duo have probably been inspired by friends such as Kate Moss, who has had a country home in the Cotswolds for years and married in the village of Southrop.
Meanwhile, Guy Ritchie and Jacqui Ainsley celebrated their wedding this summer at their retreat Ashcombe House. David was there to toast the happy couple and sample the delights of country living which included swimming in their lake, glamping in luxury tipis and viewing a screening of the groom's latest film.