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Friday, 22 November, 2002, 12:51 GMT
Last chance for Zeta's castle bid
Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas
The Hollywood couple married two years ago
The last chance for Hollywood actress Catherine Zeta Jones to become queen of a south Wales castle passed on Friday.

Zeta Jones and husband Michael Douglas are rumoured to be interested in buying the Grade 1 listed Hensol Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan.


We have had a wide range of interest from institutions through to a private individuals

Bob Croydon

Friday was the final day for bids to be accepted for the castle, which is currently being used as a hospital.

Zeta Jones, 33, was thought to be among the 30 bidders for the 17th Century castle, which is set in 155 acres of land, and has been put up for sale by its owners, the Bro Morgannwg Health Authority.

The couple, who are expecting their second child next spring, are known to have been on the look-out for a suitable property for them when they visit Zeta Jones' Welsh family.

At around 40 miles from her family's base in Swansea, Hensol Castle, which was once home to the 19th Century ironmaster William Crawshay, is thought to be a perfect base.

However, agents acting on behalf of the vendors were not divulging whether the Hollywood stars were among those bidders who have moved onto the second stage of the bidding process.

"Obviously, it's not every day that this kind of property comes on the market," said Bob Croydon, of agents King Sturge.

Hensol Castle
The castle is currently being used as a hospital

"We have had a wide range of interest from institutions through to a private individuals who have enough money for this kind of purchase."

The castle will need extensive development to be made into a luxury home.

As well as its existing use as a hospital for people with learning disabilities, it also hosts conferences and weddings.

Mr Croydon said "less than 12" of the original 30 bidders had made it through to the final selection phase.

"These are people who have several million pounds to spend."

The Douglases, who celebrated their second wedding anniversary only last week, are already investing in property in south Wales.

The couple are having a 750,000 luxury house built in the seaside town of Mumbles near Swansea for Zeta Jones' parents.

Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas
The couple are expecting their second child

But with their own family expanding - a baby brother or sister is due for toddler Dylan next spring - they are also keen to get a base of their own.

Zeta Jones has already said she is keen to have her children educated in Wales, and has put Dylan's name down for the independent Llandovery College.

Bob Croydon said an announcement on the successful bidder for Hensol Castle was expected in the next few weeks.


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