Hef says the Girls Next Door star's new man is "a really nice guy"
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Bridget Marquardt may have moved out of Hugh Hefner’s Playboy mansion in January, but The Girls Next Door star is still seeking the 82-year-old publisher’s blessing when it comes to dating.

Asked if Hefner approves of her new boyfriend – director Nick Carpenter, 29 – Marquardt, 35, told PEOPLE, “Yes he does! Hef said that Nick’s a really nice guy, and that as long as I wanted, he’s welcome at the mansion anytime I’m there, and at all the parties and events.”

Marquardt, whose Bridget’s Sexiest Beaches debuts on the Travel Channel March 12, added, “Hef actually told one his friends, Kevin [Burns], our executive producer, ‘You know, Bridget’s got herself a nice guy.’ So I think that’s really cute.”

Passed the Family Test

Carpenter, who began dating Marquardt earlier this year, has also received a warm welcome from her folks. “He’s met all of my family,” she says. “My mom, stepdad and brother all came to L.A. And we all went to dinner with my sister and her boyfriend. And then my real dad was at the mansion on the 4th of July, and Nick was actually there, but it was before we were dating.”

So, with Marquardt blissfully happy and her new beau mingling easily with her family, is she interested in taking it to the next step? “No, not engaged – not even talking about that kind of stuff!”

Marquardt’s Girl‘s costar Kendra Wilkinson, 23, is reportedly due to wed Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett at the Playboy Mansion on June 27. Third Girl Holly Madison, 29, recently split from her boyfriend, illusionist Criss Angel.