Kate Winslet and her family were forced to spend Christmas (04) in a primitive outhouse, after builders failed to finish work on their new home in time.

Winslet, director husband Sam Mendes, daughter Mia and baby son Joe moved into the $6.65 million (GBP3.5 million) estate in England's Cotswolds weeks ahead of the festive season - but, despite spending thousands on the sumptuous pad, they still can't move into the main mansion yet.

Winslet's pal says, "There is a skip in the garden and the main house is still not ready, but Kate and Sam were so determined to be in by Christmas they decided to move in to one of the outhouses.

"She's delighted to be on the estate, even if she's not in the main house."

29/12/2004 19:15