John Cleese's ranch and mansion

John Cleese's ranch house There's large horse corals on both sides. There's at least a dozen horses, probably more.

The property is known as Stalloreggi, which means "the King's stables." It has three bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a swimming pool. It also has professional equine facilities, including a 16,000-square-foot stable, an indoor riding school and two indoor-outdoor exercise areas.

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September, 2008: John Cleese sold this ranch for $16.5 million. John Cleese's lawyer said the actor had been forced to sell his ranch because of the 'very expensive' divorce from Alyce Faye Eichelberger. Cleese said of the divorce: "It's going to be very, very expensive, but it will be worth every penny."

The buyer was none other than cellphone pioneer Craig McCaw, the beleaguered ex-husband of Wendy McCaw, owner of the Santa Barbara News-Press. Their divorce settlement was reportedly the largest in Washington state history and one of the largest ever in the United States. Craig McCaw is now married to Susan Rasinski McCaw, a former U.S. ambassador to Austria.

The Wendy McCaw Meltdown
In July 2006, the editor of the Santa Barbara News-Press and four other top editors and a columnist resigned over what they alleged was billionaire publisher Wendy P. McCaw's efforts to meddle in local news coverage, a charge that McCaw denies. More than 70 other News-Press employees, fully one-third of the paper's staff, have since quit or been fired. Thousands of readers have canceled their subscriptions in protest, with many complaining that they no longer know what's going on around town because there simply aren't enough experienced reporters or editors left to cover the news.

On Thursday, July 6, 2006, there was an epic meltdown at the Santa Barbara News-Press, our local 150 year old and up to then highly respected newspaper. Nine top editors resigned in protest after new publisher and reclusive billionaire Wendy McCaw's draconian heavy handed reprimand of several reporters for violating policies which she herself admitted did not exist. The upheaval made the front page of the Los Angeles Times. In the next few weeks more than 70 other News-Press employees, fully one-third of the paper's staff, since quit or were fired. Thousands of readers canceled their subscriptions in protest.


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