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Heather Mills Uproots From Leafy Country Estate

The ex-wife of a Beatle bids adieu to the English countryside to ski in Austria.

Heather Mills, the former wife of Sir Paul McCartney, who became an activist for disenfranchised amputees after losing a portion of her leg in a 1993 accident, is selling her stately brick-and-ivy Edwardian mansion for £3,900,000 in the UK.

That price tag translates to about $6.15 million in U.S. dollars. Situated in the centuries-old village of Robertsbridge in East Sussex, England, the property is also being offered for lease at $7,995 per month. The town, which is 55 miles south of London, is said to be where the present-day game of cricket originated.

Mills netted a £24.3 million settlement in 2008, following her divorce from McCartney.

The expansive country estate comprises 15 acres of wooded landscape, and features a 10,550-square-foot, three-story residence with a long list of traditional appointments like a front entry graced with carved-stone pediments, and an attached bijou cottage to be used as a guest suite. The eight-bedroom, 6.5-bath house also features a massive formal drawing room and dining room with towering multi-paned windows.

McCartney's ex bought the property in 2007, which the listing calls "a magnificent Edwardian Country House." 

Mills is a former model who often made headlines during her divorce from the former Beatle. She was once quoted as saying she had been "a full-time wife, mother, lover, confidante, business partner and psychologist to McCartney," but according to Contact Music, in divorce filings, Mills claimed "McCartney kept her as a 'prisoner' in the bedroom in the morning, as she was not allowed to get out of bed early."

She has appeared on Dancing with the Stars and has taken up residence in Austria, to train with a ski team in preparation for the 2014 Paralympic Games.

Mills recently sold her 1,808-square-foot Manhattan apartment for $5 million, after listing it for $5.3 million earlier this year.

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