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Love Island 2020: South African villa is transformed ahead of Laura Whitmore's debut


Love Island 2020 is nearing its air date, and the sprawling South African villa that will be the home for this year’s sexy singletons is nearing its completion.

After renovations on the property began earlier this month, the £5.3 million house is almost ready, with some of the show’s signature hotspots including the famous fire pit and day beds visible in new aerial shots.

The new series has been heavily publicised after ITV2 announced that Laura Whitmore would be taking over as host, after Caroline Flack announced she would step down from the series after she was arrested for assault. 

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Look at that! Love Island 2020 is nearing its air date, and the sprawling South African villa that will be the home for this year's sexy singletons is nearing its completion

Look at that! Love Island 2020 is nearing its air date, and the sprawling South African villa that will be the home for this year’s sexy singletons is nearing its completion

The winter series of Love Island is set to begin in just two weeks time, but it appears that renovations on the house are almost complete.

Among some of the home’s highlights are the famous fire pit which remains a focal point of the series as the couples gather for a re-coupling or a dumping.

Along with the day beds, the house also has a rooftop terrace which remains the origin of many villa romances, and there is also a camera crew area  so producers can watched the Islanders every move. 

Exciting: The new series will begin on Sunday 12th January, and will see Laura Whitmore make her debut as host following Caroline Flack's decision to step down after her arrest for assault

Exciting: The new series will begin on Sunday 12th January, and will see Laura Whitmore make her debut as host following Caroline Flack’s decision to step down after her arrest for assault

Woes: It comes after the show's original presenter Caroline Flack (pictured above arriving in court on Monday) announced she would be stepped down after she was arrested for assault

Woes: It comes after the show’s original presenter Caroline Flack (pictured above arriving in court on Monday) announced she would be stepped down after she was arrested for assault

Classic: The spacious abode, which is located in one of South Africa's most exclusive areas, looks even more lavish than the regular villa in Mallorca (pictured)

Classic: The spacious abode, which is located in one of South Africa’s most exclusive areas, looks even more lavish than the regular villa in Mallorca (pictured)

New house: The lavish mansion will boast stunning views for the new series of sexy singletons, as it is perched on the edge mountain overlooking the South African countryside

New house: The lavish mansion will boast stunning views for the new series of sexy singletons, as it is perched on the edge mountain overlooking the South African countryside

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One feature that is yet to be spotted is the famous Hideaway, which is usually located inside the house, but has a separate balcony for prospective couples to enjoy the stunning views. 

The spacious abode, which is located in one of South Africa’s most exclusive areas, looks even more lavish than the regular villa in Mallorca – and certainly twice the square footage at around 14,531 sq ft.

The property is rumoured to be rented out for R2 million per month, the equivalent of roughly £105,000 pcm for the four-month period including construction time.

Gran arrival: The home's entrance can be glimpsed around the front of the house, with a long path for the couples to walk when they head off for their dates, or have to face being dumped from the show

Gran arrival: The home’s entrance can be glimpsed around the front of the house, with a long path for the couples to walk when they head off for their dates, or have to face being dumped from the show

Place for the drama: Among the show's visible hots pots were the famous fire pit (seen bottom left), which remains a focal point of the series as the Islanders gather for a re-coupling or a dumping

Place for the drama: Among the show’s visible hots pots were the famous fire pit (seen bottom left), which remains a focal point of the series as the Islanders gather for a re-coupling or a dumping

Perfect: New aerial shots show the house is almost ready for the new series, as it now features the show's famous rooftop terrace, alongside a camera area for producers to watch the Islanders every move

Perfect: New aerial shots show the house is almost ready for the new series, as it now features the show’s famous rooftop terrace, alongside a camera area for producers to watch the Islanders every move

Quirky: The interior of the house is also expected to receive a Love Island-style makeover, and it even has a striking exterior thanks to an unusual layered front of panels of white porcelain, as well as a light wood finish to reflect the strong sunlight

Quirky: The interior of the house is also expected to receive a Love Island-style makeover, and it even has a striking exterior thanks to an unusual layered front of panels of white porcelain, as well as a light wood finish to reflect the strong sunlight

STAG African, known for their environmentally friendly and innovative building methods, are charged with creating the perfect space for the singles to meet and mingle.

The interior of the house is also expected to receive a Love Island-style makeover, and it even has a striking exterior thanks to an unusual layered front of panels of white porcelain, as well as a light wood finish to reflect the strong sunlight. 

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The new series will see Laura make her debut as host, after Caroline announced she would be stepping down mere days after she was arrested for assaulting her boyfriend Lewis. 

Caroline and her partner were both allegedly covered in blood when police arrived at their flat in Islington, North London, on December 12 – with one officer describing the chaotic scene as ‘like a horror movie’. ‘.

On Monday she pleaded not guilty to common assault and was released on bail until her trial in early March.

The presenter was accused of ‘going mad’ and smashing a glass after looking at texts which made her think Lewis was cheating – with him saying in a 999 call that she ‘tried to kill me, mate’, Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court heard.

Important: STAG African, known for their environmentally friendly and innovative building methods, are charged with creating the perfect space for the singles to meet and mingle

Important: STAG African, known for their environmentally friendly and innovative building methods, are charged with creating the perfect space for the singles to meet and mingle

Relaxing: As ever the swimming pool remains one of the signature features of the Love Island feature, and builders have been hard at work transforming the surrounding area

Relaxing: As ever the swimming pool remains one of the signature features of the Love Island feature, and builders have been hard at work transforming the surrounding area

Cosy: This year's new lineup of singletons after reportedly set to fly to South Africa on New Year's Day (Wednesday) ahead of the new series

Cosy: This year’s new lineup of singletons after reportedly set to fly to South Africa on New Year’s Day (Wednesday) ahead of the new series

Lewis was said to have been ‘almost begging the operator to send help’ with his face ‘covered in blood’, while Caroline – who has now been replaced as Love Island host by Laura Whitmore – allegedly had two cuts to her wrist.  

After being taken into custody, ITV host Caroline – whom the court heard was ‘manipulative’ towards Lewis and accused him of ruining her life – allegedly flipped over a table and had to be restrained on the ground by police. 

Her boyfriend was allegedly left with ‘significant head injuries’, but the court heard that she wants to ‘spend time’ with him over the Christmas and New Year period. 

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Lewis posted a picture of himself kissing Caroline, hours after a judge said she was banned from contacting the tennis player and from attending his address – which left both with their head in their hands. 

He wrote on Instagram: ‘It’s heartbreaking I can’t see my girlfriend over Christmas. What I witnessed today was horrible. 

‘She did not hit me with a lamp. Arguments do happen every day in every relationship. Gutted I am not allowed to protect her right now.’

Coming soon: The new series will see Laura make her debut as host, after Caroline announced she would be stepping down mere days after she was arrested for assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton

Coming soon: The new series will see Laura make her debut as host, after Caroline announced she would be stepping down mere days after she was arrested for assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton

Gone: Despite Caroline visiting the villa (pictured) and already featuring in the some of the show's preview ads, she announced on Tuesday 17th December that she would not be presenting the new series

Gone: Despite Caroline visiting the villa (pictured) and already featuring in the some of the show’s preview ads, she announced on Tuesday 17th December that she would not be presenting the new series

Just days before appearing in court Caroline announced that she would be stepping down as the host of Love Island, to avoid ‘detracting attention’ from the upcoming series.

Taking to Instagram Stories she penned on Tuesday 17th December: ‘There have been a significant number of media reports and allegations in regard to my personal life.

‘While matters were not as have been reported I am committed to co-operating with the appropriate authorities and I can’t comment further on these matters until the legal process is over.

‘However Love Island has been my world for the last five years, it’s the best show on telly. In order not to detract attention from the upcoming series I feel the best thing I can do is stand down from Series 6.

‘I want to wish the incredible team working on the show a fantastic series in Cape Town.’

Love Island 2020 begins on Sunday 12th January on ITV2. 

On soon: Love Island 2020 begins on Sunday 12th January on ITV2

On soon: Love Island 2020 begins on Sunday 12th January on ITV2



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