Harrison makes new home in Switzerland

George Harrison has made the Ticinese villa his new home Keystone

The former Beatles star, George Harrison, has bought a luxury villa in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino, according to Swiss newspaper reports. The multi-million franc house is perched high above Lake Lugano in the village of Montagnola.

This content was published on August 9, 2001 - 08:01

The daily Blick newspaper reported that the 58-year-old guitarist paid up to SFr15million ($8.75 million) for the property, which boasts 14 bedrooms, six bathrooms, a swimming pool and a two-metre high security wall to keep out prying eyes.

Harrison and his wife, Olivia, reportedly bought the mansion from the London-based wine merchant, Thomas Abegg, a member of one of Switzerland's richest families. The house also used to be the home of the German author and Nobel Literature laureate, Hermann Hesse.

Harrison is reported to have first set eyes on the hillside mansion when he attended a Swiss cancer clinic in the canton earlier this year. He was treated for a brain tumour in the San Giovanni clinic in Bellinzona by professor Franco Cavalli.

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