Secret Eden: Charlotte Church’s nightmare as she pulls off a ‘dream’ eco-sanctuary plan

Her voice was that of an angel – the voice that propelled her to a fortune of £6 million before she was 14.

I can reveal that her dream of transforming a three-story 16th-century mansion into an ecological wellness retreat – offering guests cold-water swimming, foraging and yoga – threatens to turn into a nightmare after falling into the trap of eminent environmentalism and planning.

They have expressed particular concerns about its plans to treat and dispose of waste from the proposed four log cabins, with the local council’s environmental department warning of the shortcomings of several “special wastewater treatment systems.”

Charlotte Church plans to turn her mansion into an eco-health spa

The next series will probably now be renamed as

Perhaps the next series will now be renamed “Dream On”. . .

Telling Natural Resources Wales that it provided “insufficient information,” the singer, 36, has now withdrawn a planning request to build cabins and a “pigeon house” in the woods on the 47-acre property, Rhydoldog House, in Powys, Central – Wales.

It’s the latest development in the 16 months since they acquired Rhydoldog – once the home of Laura Ashley – for £1.5m. Since then, she has “largely” paid all her life savings to create a sanctuary that would be in harmony with the environment.

She had hoped that at least part of it would be open and ready for guests by June—otherwise she would be “bankrupt”. But that deadline has come and gone — it was all recorded by a wall-hugging documentary series, Dream Build.

Church, who is married to musician Jonathan Powell, alerted fans in July that there would be a second series of Dream Build. “We’re almost done,” she declared.

Perhaps the series will now be renamed “Dream On”. . .

An aging Brad lost a secret in translation

Brad Pitt launched a skincare range using grapes from his own vineyards in Provence, with wine and skin experts to identify the most anti-aging.

Brad Pitt launched a skincare range using grapes from his own vineyards in Provence, with wine and skin experts to identify the most anti-aging.

Brad Pitt launched a skincare range using grapes from his own vineyards in Provence, with wine and skin experts to identify the most anti-aging.

But they don’t seem to do much for your English. The site prides itself on the fact that the products do not contain conservative ingredients.

Presumably, it was a poor translation: “Preservatif” means condom in French.

Blunt’s sharp memory of his royal duty

'I stood guard at the Queen Mother's funeral, so the Queen's funeral restored everything'

‘I stood guard at the Queen Mother’s funeral, so the Queen’s funeral restored everything’

After observing the casket of the Queen Mother as she lay in state in 2002, former lifeguard officer James Blunt was particularly affected by her daughter’s death.

The You Beautiful singer told me at the e&o’s 21st birthday party in Notting Hill, London: “She stood guard at the Queen Mother’s funeral, so the Queen’s funeral surely set everything back.

“It was very emotional and very moving to see it all unfold,” adds Blunt, 48, who has two sons with his wife Sophia Wellesley, 39, granddaughter of the 8th Duke of Wellington.

Unlike some, the couple lined up for hours to see the Queen lying flat.

A drop in the pound increases the strength of Petra

Petra Ecclestone (left) pictured with her husband Sam Palmer (right)

Petra Ecclestone (left) pictured with her husband Sam Palmer (right)

Sterling fell to a 37-year low against the dollar, but Sam Palmer, husband of Formula 1 heiress Petra Ecclestone, sees a silver lining for them, at least.

“Great time to buy in the UK for Americans,” the estate agent (with Petra) tweets online.

Former vintage car salesman Palmer, 38, who married Petra, 33, in July is trying to sell his 14-bedroom home in London for £175m.

The Queen’s maid of honor can attend the third coronation

The Queen’s bridesmaid, Pamela Hicks, 93, was pushed into a wheelchair by her daughter, India Hicks, at her funeral on Monday.

She is now determined to attend the coronation of King Charles. “You may be the only one to attend three coronations,” India says.

Lady Pamela was eight years old when she was taken to be crowned George VI in 1937.

his skin! Or maybe not…

Flogging with service orders from the Queen’s funeral is bad enough, but the seller is now on eBay seeking £2,500 for a ‘new’ purchase. Strange, because Alasdair Abrines, director of Barnard & Westwood Press, assures me that [surplus] Copies of it were shredded or locked in our locker.

Duncan Jeffery, head of communications at Westminster Abbey, told me his unused copies were “locked and with a key in our security room”.

Buyer responsibility?