Carol Vorderman is best known for appearing on the game show Countdown for 26 years from 1982 until 2008. She has also noted ITV’s Loose Women as well as presenting the annual Pride of Britain Awards. When Carol Vorderman steps away from work, she travels around in her MAN TGE3 van which she spent £50,000 renovating. Before swapping her mansion for her van, she was thought to have lived near Clifton, Bristol, not far from the iconic suspension bridge.
It is thought she bought the property for £1.1million back in 2007, but later extensively renovated it to her taste before putting it on the market for a reportedly £2.6million.
The 62-year-old also has a home in Pembrokeshire to escape to, which is located right next to the sea.
Clifton is an affluent area of Bristol, offering quirky indecent shops, bars and restaurants as well as Brunel’s Suspension Bridge.
It is lined with 18th and 19th century terraces, all while being a mere 10 minute drive away from Bristol’s city centre.
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Properties in Clifton had an overall average price of £593,142 over the last year, according to Rightmove.
The majority of sales in Clifton during the last year were flats, selling for an average price of £388,360, while semi-detached properties fetched £1,159,014.
Terraced homes, which are probably the most popular type of housing in the area, sold for an average of £1,069,892.
Overall, sold prices in Clifton over the last year were up four percent on the previous year and 16 percent up on the 2020 peak of £511,484.
At the time of writing, there is currently an elegant detached Grade II listed home with a walled garden for sale in the heart of Clifton.
Boasting five bedrooms and three bathrooms, it is currently on the market for a whopping £3.25million, followed by a Georgian five bedroom home for £2.5million.
However, the area does offer a variety of homes, including lots of flats with stunning views over the local area.
Clifton’s history dates back all the way to 350B, with remains of Iron Age camp found in the area. In 1086, it was named in the Domesday Book as Clistone, or a “hillside settlement”.
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The area was later established as a favourite spot for many wealthy people thanks to the warm spring of the River Avon.
There’s lots for residents and visitors to do in the area, including the Clifton Observatory, which gives gorgeous views across the Suspension Bridge and river.
It’s also located close to the Bristol Lido, a beautifully restored Victorian swimming pool as well as Bristol Zoo Gardens.
The lido offers a 24 metre swimming pool which is heated throughout as well as a restaurant and massages.
The area is also home to lots of University students during term time as the University of Bristol’s main campus is actually in Clifton.
Carol regularly gave sneaks of her Bristol home, and now gives updates on van life with her 332,000 Instagram followers.
“I’m a Celebrity was the first time I slept under the stars for three whole weeks, no tent, just the sky and the air, and I became addicted to being outside”, Carol told Hello!.
She added: “I ordered a 4×4 van and working with a company to convert it. I’ve got a lot of farmer friends and I want to park up in their fields. I will go and see mates more, stop off in the Lake District.”