Jamie Oliver gets green light to build huge greenhouse to grow his own veg at £6m Essex mansion

JAMIE Oliver's plan to build a huge greenhouse at his £6million Essex mansion has got the go-ahead.

The chef, 45, will install a mega vegetable patch at Grade- I listed estate, Spains Hall, to feed his brood.

He splashed out on the incredible Tudor pad in the picturesque village of Finchingfield last year, and it boasts 12 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a large games room, a great hall, a dining room, two drawing rooms and a wine storage area.

Jamie's new structure will blend in with the traditional aesthetic of the 70 acre Spains Hall – which had been sold just three times and not for 250 years before Jamie snapped it up.

Planning permission documents, seen by MailOnline, revealed Braintree District Council and the public body Historic England recently gave Jamie their seal of approval for the project.

The plans state: "The works will have a beneficial impact on the appearance of the property, being like-for-like repairs of the windows and using traditional materials to replace the defective render and coping sections around the bay.

"The proposed greenhouse is to be built on the footprint of a former greenhouse and is small in scale and traditional in appearance …

"Historic England states they have no objections to the greenhouse, and suggest the timber frame is painted white."

The Olivers have given fans a sneak peek inside their 16th century Spains Hall, which includes converted stables, six bedrooms and of course, a very large kitchen. 

The home is set on a 70-acre estate, and even includes a three-bedroom lodge on the grounds. 

In a room that appears to be the kids’ new playroom, toys can be seen stored in glass-fronted cabinets, and there are comfy chairs for the youngsters to relax in.

Jamie’s wife, model Juliette Norton, also shared a photo inside their living room, which has wooden floors and leather sofas. 


The spectacular room also has an open fireplace and family photos on the mantelpiece. 

Of course, any house belonging to Jamie must have an incredible kitchen, and the one in their Essex pad is certainly something to write home about. 

It has huge windows to flood the room with natural light, and has tiled flooring and wooden panelling on the walls. 

It comes with an island unit with bar stools so the family can sit together while Jamie whips up a feast. 

There’s also a long wooden table with bench seating so Jamie and Jools can eat with their kids; Poppy Honey Rosie, 18, Daisy Boo Pamela, 16, Petal Blossom Rainbow, 10, Buddy Bear Maurice, nine, and River Rocket Blue, three. 

Jamie, who is worth an estimated £100m, organised for renovations at the 16th Century mansion, when they moved in. 

Oliver and his wife Jools have previously shown off the inside of their other plush £8.9million mansion at Hampstead Heath.

Their other home, a Grade II property, is complete with seven bedrooms and an open plan kitchen.

Oliver opened his first Jamie’s Italian in 2008 and saw rapid expansion across the UK in the early 2010s.

But in 2017, it was revealed that the Essex-born star’s firm owed staff £2.2m and was in £71.5million of debt.

Jamie’s Italian shut 12 of its 37 sites as part of a Company Voluntary Agreement and steakhouse chain Barbecoa went into a pre-pack administration.

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