Kate Moss' Secret Passion

It's not all partying and late nights for the soon-to-be Mrs. Hince.

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Supermodel Kate Moss might have a party girl reputation, but she also has a secret passion - and it's not what you might think! Kate is marrying this weekend in a celebrity-packed ceremony with a big party at her country home in the Cotswolds, and it is there that some of her guests might well be in for a big surprise. Recently, Kate let slip in an interview that she likes making jam, but her love of the good life goes deeper than that.

Documents lodged with West Oxfordshire District Council in support of a planning application reveal a side to Kate that she has kept well hidden - so far. A little while ago, she applied for permission for internal and external alterations to her £2 million, 10 bedroomed, Grade II listed farmhouse. These include conversion of a stable to a garage, improvements to a barn, and demolition of an open barn. Her farm, down a leafy lane, near the town of Lechlade, also has a sizeable kitchen garden and a collection of animals that might amaze her pals.

kate-moss-and-james-hince.jpgGiven her record of partying and mayhem, the Cotswold retreat, reveals another, totally unexpected, side of Miss Moss. Pictures supplied as part of the planning application show an idyllic country life. Kate has converted part her garden into traditional vegetable beds with neat rows of produce. Her farmyard boasts laying hens and Gloucester Old Spot pigs.

There are five star hen houses and luxury pig houses and plenty of outdoor room for the animals to roam around. There are orchards and an impressive array of vegetables. Neat paving, rustic fencing and a decorative floral arch complete the setting. Photos of carpet-flowering snowdrops beneath trees, butterflies and other wild life suggest someone devoted to the simple plkate-moss-lila.jpgeasures of a retreat far away from the wilder attractions of the London life.
Kate has recently bought a new home in the capital city - a £7.95 million house once owned by the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and later by the writer J.B.Priestley. This will mark a new start for her life with Jamie Hince, guitarist of The Kills, whom she marries this Saturday, and her eight year old daughter Lila from her former relationship with fashion editor Jefferson Hack; but Kate's heart, as we now know, is down on the farm.

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Margaret Holder has been writing about the Royal Family in newspapers and magazines for thirty years. She also broadcasts frequently on the BBC, both radio and television. She reckons she has now written more royal documentaries than anyone else in the world. Some are still being shown on channels in…

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