Branson's blaze-hit mansion rebuilt

Richard Branson's home was destroyed by a fire two years ago

Sir Richard Branson's Caribbean island home that was destroyed by fire two years ago has been rebuilt and is now ready to welcome its first guests.

Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet had to carry Sir Richard's 90-year-old mother, Eve, to safety when flames tore through The Great House on Necker Island in August 2011.

Now the house, which Sir Richard lets out, has been remodelled on the original design, with some new innovations and a 1,500 sq ft master suite.

Those who can afford it can stay at the house for a nightly rate of £37,500. The house can take up to 30 adults plus six children.

Sir Richard said: "Necker Island has been my home for more than 30 years and for me it is the most beautiful place in the world.

"The brand new Great House is the heart of the island and I'm thrilled with the results. This signals a new dawn for Necker, which I'm very excited about."

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