Davinia Taylor puts her Marbella villa on the market for £15.5M

Former Hollyoaks star Davinia Taylor puts her swanky seven-bedroom Marbella villa on the market for £15.5M as she eyes return to Lancashire

  • The former Hollyoaks actress and toilet roll heiress, 42, who played party girl Jude Cunningham on the soap from 1996 to 1998, is said to be returning to the UK to settle in Lancashire after years in the sunshine 
  • The breathtaking home in Los Monteros boasts all the features a sun-seeker could desire, including sprawling outdoor space, a swanky pool, palm trees and an exquisite view over the ocean 
  • The house has seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms 
  • Davinia was famed for her position in the Primrose Hill party set, where she joined her then-husband Dave Gardner in partying through the Nineties with pals including Kate Moss, Sadie Frost and Jude Law 
  • In 2011, a year on from her divorce from Dave, she sold both her Primrose Hill property and another five-bedroom ‘uber-modern’ beach-front house with infinity pool in Los Monteros for £11.9million
  • She later moved to live in the Spanish hot spot as her permanent residence  

Davinia Taylor has put her lavish Marbella villa on the market for an eye-popping £15.5million (€16.9million). 

The former Hollyoaks actress and toilet roll heiress, 42, who played party girl Jude Cunningham on the soap from 1996 to 1998, is said to be returning to the UK to settle in Lancashire after years in the sunshine. 

The seven bedroom, eight bathroom home boasts all the features a sun-seeker could desire, including sprawling outdoor space, a swanky pool, palm trees and exquisite views over the ocean. 

Stunning: Davinia Taylor has put her lavish Marbella villa on the market for an eye-popping £15.5million (€16.9million)

Davinia was famed for her position in the notorious Primrose Hill party set, where she joined her then-husband Dave in partying through the Nineties with pals including Kate Moss, Sadie Frost and Jude Law.

The actress shares son Grey, 13, with Dave, and Luxx, nine, whose father has never been revealed, and Asa, six, and four-year-old Jude with her current partner Matthew Leyden.

Davinia, whose multi-millionaire father Alan Murphy, ran the AM Paper toilet roll factory in Skelmersdale, enjoyed all the spoils of Mediterranean living in the stunning home. 

The house is listed on LuxuryLiving.com as: ‘Frontline beach in Los Monteros, this unique masterpiece villa for sale offers spacious rooms, several exterior entertainment zones and chill-out areas, a Balinese Gazebo in the tropical garden, a fantastic pool, a covered BBQ/dining area and sitting areas overlooking the sea…

Incredible: Davinia, whose multi-millionaire father Alan Murphy, ran the AM Paper toilet roll factory in Skelmersdale, enjoyed all the spoils of Mediterranean living in the stunning home

Amazing: The former Hollyoaks actress and toilet roll heiress, 42, who played party girl Jude Cunningham on the soap from 1996 to 1998, is said to be returning to the UK to settle in Lancashire after years in the sunshine

In the pink: A standalone bath tub was the feature point of a chic pink bathroom

‘The ground floor comprises a spacious living room with double height wooden beamed ceilings and large open fireplace leading onto the covered terrace with sitting areas, a dining room, a fully fitted and equipped professional kitchen, a full spa area with indoor pool, sauna, hamam, massage room, gym, home cinema, an outstanding an individual master bedroom with private sitting area…

‘Around the Andalusian patio the other guest suites are distributed including the staff apartment with two bedrooms. A special tower suite has been incorporated into the ancient tower with direct access to a large chill out terrace with panoramic views of the Mediterranean sea…

‘Parking space on the private driveway for more than 3 cars and extra garage. The community offers 24h security service and is located within a short drive to Marbella centre. 

In 2011, a year on from her divorce from Dave, she sold both her Primrose Hill property and a five-bedroom ‘uber-modern’ beach-front house for £11.9million with infinity pool next to the Los Monteros home she is now selling.

Up the hill… Jack And Jill sinks sat in the front of a vast shower with a glass view 

Partying: Davinia was famed for her position in the notorious Primrose Hill party set, where she joined her then-husband Dave Gardner in partying through the Nineties with pals including Kate Moss, Sadie Frost and Jude Law

At the time, she said of the home: ‘It’s breathtaking, I designed it myself. It’s next door to our family home out there – Antonio Banderas is a neighbour. ‘It was going to be our family home in the sun but it’s a bit indulgent to have another house there now I’m on my own. I’m just tying up everything since the divorce’. 

Davinia’s spot in the dazzling showbiz crown was cemented in sumer 2003, when David Beckham was best man when she and Dave – who now has two children with the actress Liv Tyler – exchanged vows in a lavish Cheshire ceremony while Victoria Beckham was among the guests. 

Having gone into recovery from alcoholism, she enjoyed an overhauled lifestyle since her move to Spain, as she has turned her back on wild nights in favour of daily workouts in the gym and a diet of green smoothies washed down with charcoal water, all of which is documented on her Instagram.

Stunning: The sprawling home featured stunning exterior details

Fancy a swim? The palm trees added to the lavish look 

The heiress and former soap actress has endured dark days previously, having battled both alcoholism and a bout of post-natal depression she’s described as a ‘really dark hole’ from which she struggled to climb out. 

In 2018, she revealed the humiliation of losing custody of her son Grey to ex Dave in 2010 was the catalyst to keeping her sober. She discussed her battle with post-natal depression and how she was convinced she would be dead if she had not sought help for her demons.

In 2010, Davinia’s ‘unreasonable behaviour’ was cited as grounds for divorce from David, who was awarded a settlement in the region of £1million, before he was awarded custody of Grey, who she could reportedly see every other weekend. Subsequently, David went on holiday to the U.S. for almost a month with Grey – leading to Davinia’s downward spiral.

Double bubble: The guest rooms were equipped with all you could need for a guest 

Gated community: She had stunning beach views in the house 

She said: ‘That humiliation to be honest that spurred me on to keep sober and keep on the program… that was a catalyst that took me into the depths of depression, the support I received was monumental…

‘I think I would be dead… Professional help, and support of people who’ve already been there. It’s normally so quiet and hush hush for people to speak out and say: “I’ve had post-natal depression” and as clear as day I went into a massive deep hole and couldn’t get out.’

In the aftermath of their messy divorce, she said: ‘It’s been the worst and longest drawn-out experience I’ve ever had. I just want him to move out and move on.

‘I wish I’d heard about quickie divorce packs from Tesco sooner. Before I went into this I thought there was such as a thing as a quickie divorce, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.’

Sprawling: The living area boasted all the trimmings for sheer comfort 

Fancy a seat? One of the larger bedrooms boasted a vast sitting area in front of an arch leading into the room

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