Ed Sheeran and his brand new fiance, hockey star and high school crush Cherry Seaborn, recently purchased an additional three properties surrounding their country home two hours outside of London to create a celebrity compound that villagers have dubbed "Sheeranville."
As grand as romantic gestures get, the couple is setting down roots back where their relationship began — in Suffolk, where they both met as classmates while attending Thomas Mills High School — with the purchase of "four houses in a row," according to Architectural Digest (though they're really more in a cluster). Sheeran already owned one of the houses, and neighbors think he bought the other three to be considerate "so nobody complains" about loud music.
Plans and vision for the couple's compound include not only underground cinema and music room areas connected to the main house by tunnels that can be closed off to keep visitors from getting too rowdy or "smashing the cupboards" — it does have its own pub built on-site, converted from an old barn — but also for potential sound mitigation and keeping the peace with nearby neighbors while the English singer practices and records at home.
And the 25-year-old pop star already has diplomatic experience in trying to appease the village neighbors and officials surrounding his £900,000, 16th century country estate. In December of 2016, The Daily Mail reported that Sheeran was "locked in battle with the Suffolk coast district council" after the star added a swimming pool, treehouse, jacuzzi, and "ultra-modern man cave" music recording studio to the property (which Sheeran calls his "hobbit hole") — and demolished an original "cartlodge" with plans to replace it with a four-car garage and second story guest house. Even though immediate neighbors had no issue with the changes, officials worried "the the plans were 'creeping domestication' that "would have an adverse impact on the character and appearance of the countryside."
Hopefully, now that Sheeran owns all three adjacent properties and have smoothed things over with the local permitting and historical brass, the couple can move forward with renovation plans for the "love nest" — including a grove of cherry trees the swoon-y crooner wants to plant in honor of his fianceé's name.
"Ed is a super guy and really friendly," one villager told The Sun. "He is just a down to earth Suffolk boy at heart — so who can blame him for wanting to settle down here? It is a lovely part of the world."