How would you like to own a house like this one, set in 1,100 acres of the gorgeous Wiltshire countryside:
According to its Wikipedia entry:
The grounds of the house are noted for their re-established wildlife, including fallow deer. The grounds are also noted as one of the top game bird shooting venues in the country: The Field magazine voted it one of the UK’s ten top venues for pheasant shooting.
Sounds all very pleasant, doesn’t it? As it happens, Ashcombe House belongs to movie director Guy Ritchie (of Lock Stock and Snatch fame), who came into ownership of the place as part of his divorce settlement from Madonna.
Which leads me to this question — posed to me originally by The Fiend Englishman — and, I think, it’s really a difficult one:
Would you sleep with Madonna for a couple-three years (as Ritchie did) if you knew that at the end of it all, you’d come to possess this fantastic estate?
Just so we’re clear on the topic, though: we’re not talking about this Madonna:
…nor even this Madonna:
No, we’re talking about this Madonna:
Now before everyone runs screaming from the room, I should point out (as did The Englishman) that along the way, you would probably have learned more than a few
revolting naughty bedroom tricks which may (repeat may ) have made the eventual ownership of Ashcombe House a little less unpleasant; and indeed, Ritchie seems to have escaped more-or-less unscathed from his years-long encounter with Madge, along with possession of both his venereal health and his genitalia (which I admit thinking would have been a long shot in both cases).
So, Gentle Readers: a magnificent estate with lots of prime birdshooting, in exchange for a few years of plunging into Madame Grotesque’s well-trodden pudenda? Or is no real estate worth that sacrifice?
Your thoughts, in Comments.