Now here's a man who wears it well: with three wives, eight children and a string of hit records under his belt, it's no wonder Rod Stewart needs a new pad for all of those handbags and gladrags he's collected over the years.

But it hasn't all been plain sailing for Rod - his new country pile, Durrington House in Essex, was on the market for a whole £1.5 million less than what he's rumoured to have paid for it just over a year ago.

Rod is thought to have forked out £4.65 million for the 18th century, Grade II-listed property set in 20 acres.

The home collector: Grade II-listed Durrington House near Epping Forest in Essex is the latest addition to veteran singer, Rod Stewart's property collection - and very nice it is too \ Zoopla.co.uk

And with 10 bedrooms, five bathrooms and numerous outbuildings to boot, there should be plenty of room for his bourgeoning brood, including his hot-legged wife, Penny Lancaster (OK, no more song references, promise!).

It's the first time in more than 50 years that the property has come on the market and, while it has  been immaculately maintained by previous owner gold-mining tycoon Peter Hambro, we have a feeling that Penny may be keen to tone down that rather chintzy decor.

Flower power: 68-year-old Rod bought the property from gold-mining tycoon, Peter Hambro who appears to have had a penchant for rather chintzy interiors \ Zoopla.co.uk

Flamboyant florals asside, Durrington House is described by agents as 'one of the finest houses in the area', adorned with plenty of period features and, if he does indeed move in, 68-year-old Rod won't be the only rocker in the region.

Give or take a few hundred acres, Rod's new neighbour will be Iron Maiden founder Stephen Harris who has lived in nearby Sheering Hall since 1994.

The first cut is the deepest: The property, which dates back to 1712, has 10 bedrooms to house Rod's many children and he can even keep them entertained with trimming the topiary animals in the garden \ Zoopla.co.uk

And while Rod's new country pile boasts a rose garden, croquet lawn and quaint guests' cottages, Stephen's pad comes complete with a traditional English boozer (not to mention curious artwork). Nice!

The Stewart clan are no strangers to Essex, either. Rod is already the proud owner of Winston Churchill's old pad, Wood House.

Gets around a bit: Rod and his wife Penny Lancaster split their time between their Berverly Hills mansion and another home in Essex, Wood House, which previously belonged to Winston Churchill \ Picture Perfect/Rex Features

It's believed that the veteran singer and his family divide their time between here and their grand 28,000 sq ft mansion in Beverly Hills.

Rumour has it the palatial home comes complete with a cinema and mirrored bar - presumably so the 'Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?' singer can preen those famous locks...

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