(The Telegraph) -- Barack Obama and his family will not spend their summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard this year, after Baron Foster, Britain's most celebrated architect, bought their regular retreat.
With just four months remaining before he faces the toughest US
re-election contest for a generation, Barack
Obama could have done with a relaxing escape to the so-called
playground of presidents.
But the idyllic ocean-side retreat on Martha’s Vineyard where President Obama
has holidayed with his wife and daughters for the past three summers has
been snapped up by Britain’s most celebrated architect.
Baron Foster and Lady Foster of Thames Bank have bought the 30-acre estate for
£14.3 million — and they appear to be in no mood for renting it out to the
world’s most powerful family.
The sprawling Blue Heron Farm, which comprises a golf course, stables and an
orchard, lies in Chilmark, to the south-west of the Massachusetts island
made famous by the Kennedys and Clintons.
Mr Obama and his wife, Michelle, are believed to have paid £32,000 a week to
rent the property from its previous owner, timber tycoon William Van
The president was seen cycling around the island with his
daughters, Sasha and Malia, and the family frequented a seafood restaurant
close to the home of Valerie Jarrett, their friend and White House aide.
However, it is understood that after buying the property through Sotheby’s
last year, Lord and Lady Foster have not made it available for rent.
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