Cheryl Cole has begun a month long holiday in Los Angeles while she recuperates from malaria – staying at Simon Cowell’s mansion.

According to the Mirror the mogul has given Cheryl and her close friend Derek Hough full use of his Beverly Hills retreat while he is on holiday in the Mediterranean.

The luxury house boasts such facilities as a swimming pool, solarium, putting green, gym and cinema.

“Cheryl booked this trip very last-minute and didn’t even tell her friends she was going,” a source told the paper.

“She has been going stir-crazy tucked up at home and, with the permission of her medical team, was told she could fly.

“Cheryl badly needs a no-stress holiday, time to just chill by the pool, read magazines and sunbathe – basically space to get her strength back and fully rejuvenate.

“Simon’s been an absolute gent, given her free rein of his pad and told her to come and go as she likes. It’s ideal.”

Cheryl is set to return to work on X Factor in August after her illness forced her to miss the last round of auditions and the boot camp stage of the show.

The Girls Aloud star was diagnosed with malaria after collapsing at a photo shoot earlier this month, and spent a week in intensive care. It is thought she contracted the potentially fatal disease while on holiday with Derek in Tanzania.