Celebrity Vacation Homes We'd Most Like to Visit and What to Eat Nearby

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When a celebrity chooses a spot for a home away from home, they look for the obvious: total perfection. They want the homes and towns they vacation in to reflect themselves after all. And what do you do if you're a mega-duo like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, or mega-perfect like Gwyneth Paltrow? Buy multiple perfect homes, of course.

When a celebrity chooses a spot for a home away from home, they look for the obvious: total perfection. They want the homes and towns they vacation in to reflect themselves after all. And what do you do if you're a mega-duo like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, or mega-perfect like Gwyneth Paltrow? Buy multiple perfect homes, of course.

Whether it's a mansion in the South of France, a behemoth of a London home, or a private island crash pad, these are the houses that make us wish we were better friends with celebrities. We've assembled a list of these amazing abodes, along with some great places to dine the next time you find yourself hungrily skulking (NOT stalking) around the Italian Alps to catch a peek of George Clooney's digs or languishing in Laval near Celine Dion's Quebecois river retreat.

If only they knew what good houseguests we'd be!

Text by Josh Gardner/TheDailyMeal.com

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It's confirmed that George Clooney has split with his Italian model girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis. But, he remains true to his first Italian love: his villa on Lake Como. Not that we blame him. Picturesque Lake Como — just across the Swiss border in northern Italy — has been cherished as a playground for the rich and famous for centuries.

If you’re in the area and would like to have lunch with George (so he won’t be alone), take him to Îl Gatto Nero, where the view alone should be enough to take his mind off fair Elisabetta. For a while, anyway. After lunch, suggest taking a dip in Villa d’Este’s glistening pool.

Head south to Visit Tuscany's Top 50 Winemakers...and Sting

In Quebec’s Mille Île river, the greatest singer in the world — the one, the only, Celine... DION! — makes her home on a private island estate called Île Gagnon. Surrounded by security, the island offers celebrity creature comfort not too far from the cosmopolitan bustle of Montreal.

After a day of buzzing around the island with a speedboat and telephoto lens, the town of Laval offers your best choices in dining. Those in the know stop into Le Mitoyen for the elk and then a sumptuous dessert of salted chocolate cream. And, though you probably won’t spot the notoriously private Dion, Laval est…MAGNIFIQUE!

You won’t have to clamor for attention when hanging out with the Brangelina clan when you offer an educated, location-specific dining suggestion! They don’t have time to even remember what hemisphere they’re in, so if at their South of France digs, suggest the Les Terrasses du Golf restaurant in the nearby town of Brignoles for the red mullet fillets with Parmesan and fennel. If, instead, they are at their Valpolicella property in northern Italy, take them to the family-owned and inviting Trattoria Nicola for some local treats like Amarone-braised steak. Either way, you’ll quickly climb the ranks to becoming their favorite.

Conquer the hearts and minds of America? Check! Make a billion dollars? Easy! Start a television network? Done! “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is now a thing of the past and everyone is crying (except maybe Ellen, whose daytime ratings are sure to benefit). Maybe the pair can laugh about it together over juicy steaks at Lucky’s in Montecito, the elite California coastal town where Ellen used to live and where Oprah’s $52 million home, modestly named “The Promised Land,” stands. If classic steakhouses aren’t their thing, perhaps they’d prefer a taste of Provence at nearby Stella Mare’s. Hmm, someone call Gayle, she’ll decide.

Head south to Los Angeles for another dose of celebrity, and get your Entourage on too.

Ever heard of Little Halls Pond Cay in the Bahamas? No? That’s because you aren’t invited to this private Bahamian getaway of Johnny Depp, his wife Vanessa Paradis, and their two kids. Instead of trying to get there, head up to nearby Nassau for some decadent lobster bisque at Café Matisse, an Italian bistro housed in a century-old colonial home. What? They’re at their South of France pad, you say? No worries, you can visit Johnny and the kids there too at their Plan-de-la-Tour house, near St. Tropez. Don’t hurt yourself craning your neck in their (or some other famous person’s) direction at the St. Tropez beachfront and celebrity-favorite Club 55.

When Martha Stewart isn’t weaving pure happiness and gold out of jute twine and a fig, she can often be found at what she has referred to as her “favorite home” in Seal Harbor off the coast of Maine. If you are having a Cabot Cove kind of day and become tired of combing rocky Maine beaches, head over to Stewman’s Lobster Pound in the town of Bar Harbor. The name alone suggests you’ll run into Martha. And, if that doesn’t work, the laws of probability practically guarantee you know at least one person in her army of domestics who could leave a back door unlocked.

The site of Mariah Carey and Nick Canon’s wedding in 2008 was, surprise, a private island in the Bahamas. Known as Windermere Island, it is connected to Eleuthera Island by only a small, gated walkway. Though accounts of the nuptials paint it as nothing short of a breathtaking affair, there’s something about flying live Maine lobster onto an island of the Bahamas that feels like cheating. Instead, you’ll probably want try something a little more native like local-style ribs or conch at Barbie’s Snack & Notions in Tarpum Bay on Eleuthera Island.

What began as the purchase of a single home, formerly owned by Kate Winslet, in the North of London escalated to the purchase of the adjoining home, and then to the purchase of a third nearby house creating nothing less than a fortress. But how else can Gwyneth Paltrow be qualified to dispense domestic and lifestyle advice if not by being the biggest and best life-leading domestic person? It's common sense, really. In keeping with the theme, Paltrow likes to source her ingredients from posh marketplaces like C. Lidgate and the Notting Hill shop Speck for all things Italian.

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