George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin choose Berkshire as their first home

The couple have allegedly invested in a Grade II listed house in Sonning

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Forget New York, Los Angeles or Venice - George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin have reportedly chosen Berkshire as their first marital home.

The couple - who got married last month in Italy - have allegedly invested in a Grade II mansion house in the village of Sonning, situated on the River Thames.

Locals apparently spotted the high-profile pair in The Bull Inn pub on Saturday night, fast sparking speculation that they are soon to move the village.

But it seems not even the residents can quite their heads around why the couple would plump for the low-key destination over other international locations.

"It was the vicar of our local church who told me," Trishaws Redrup, 78, a retired designer and local resident, told The Telegraph. "But to be honest I couldn't quite believe it. Why Sonning?

"It's a lovely place, on the river, but I can't imagine he'll find much time to spend here - what with all his work in America."

Not your average country cottage, the four-acre property Clooney and Alamuddin have apparently bought has its own library, gym, spa and steam room, as well as a cellar, a boathouse and separate cottage for guests or staff.

Perhaps it’s the eclectic array of famous neighbours who have attracted the couple to Sonning - other well-known residents in the area include Paul Daniels, Debbie McGee, Uri Geller, Theresa May and Michael Parkinson.

Or maybe it’s the local theatre. The Mill at Sonning, which describes itself as the "only dinner theatre in the United Kingdom", could be an ideal destination for which Clooney could hone his theatre skills should he wish to.

Other local attractions include the Sonning Scarecrow Trail, in which residents build their own scarecrows round the village (their efforts are then judged), and also a golf club, which features "an abundance of mature trees and shrubs".

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