What's better than renting a harbor-side villa in Bermuda? How about renting a harbor-side villa in Bermuda from a coupla Oscar winners? Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are asking $28K a month for their island compound that served as their primary residence from 2002 to 2009. Douglas's mother's family has lived in Bermuda since 1610; paying tribute to that history, he and Zeta-Jones bought Longford House in 2001 for $2.5M, then immediately recruited London-based decorator Stephen Ryan to infuse the space with a feel that combines "quintessentially English" with "quintessentially Bermuda," as a 2002 Architectural Digest story put it. "Naturally we wanted comfort, but Bermuda also has that English formality," Douglas told the magazine. "At night it's still coat and tie, not like St. Bart's, with all the chicka-boom, chicka-boom stuff." The three-acre property offers a four-bedroom, 7,381-square-foot main house with a "children's suite," as well as a split-level guest cottage, a fruit grove, a tennis court, and a "secret garden with hot tub," according to the listing. Not quite ready to commit $30K a month for a house a plane ride away? Well, turns out there are a lot of celebrities looking for tenants—peruse the options, right this way.
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