The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been married for over seven years now, and over those seven years, the couple have worked hard to create a lovely home for themselves and their three children.
While the royal couple and their brood, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, have their base at Kensington Palace’s Apartment 1a, they also have a rather lavish country home to retreat to, when they need to get away from the city.
Where does Prince William live?
Prince William, along with Catherine, was given the use of the Queen’s plush Anmer Hall, situated on the grounds of her Sandringham Estate, soon after their 2011 wedding.
The monarch gave the Georgian country house to the couple as a wedding gift – and it’s proven brilliantly useful to them.
Soon after the birth of Prince George in 2013, the couple moved in to the grand 18th century building after an extensive redevelopment on the property.
The refurbishment is reported to have cost around £1.5 million, paid for from private Royal Family funds. Reportedly, Catherine was keen to put her own stamp on the place, and the Duke and Duchess ordered a new roof, new kitchen, a conservatory, and a complete redecoration of the rooms.
A huge range of trees were also planted around the perimeter of the property, to allow the famous family more privacy.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge lived full-time in the home from 2013 until 2017, in order to be close to William’s job as a pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service. In September 2017, the couple moved back to London permanently, in order to allow Catherine and William to become full-time working royals, and ahead of George beginning school.
Catherine and William’s Anmer Hall home is handily situated just two miles from the Queen’s Sandringham home – so Granny is able to pop over to see the family any time she likes.
What is the Anmer hall interior like?
But what is the Cambridge’s home like inside?
According to reports, the royal couple have brought the property bang up to date, with the help of modern designer Ben Pentreath. Ben, a friend of Prince Charles, is said to favour bold colours and up-to-the-minute accessories, so it’s likely the Duke and Duchess’ country home is as stylish as it is comfy.
Ben reportedly encouraged Catherine to get out of her comfort zone with the home re-design, and it’s now said that the abode is decorated in bright colours, with modern furnishings.
However, there are some rooms which have been left classic and traditional, including Prince George’s former nursery – which now likely belongs to Prince Louis.
Anmer Hall’s grounds
Anmer Hall is situated within acres and acres of land. The family regularly enjoy spending time in the private gardens on the estate, and have often photographed their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, playing there for official portraits.
The outside space also provides a great play area for the family’s beloved dog, Lupo, a cocker spaniel they brought into the family home soon after Prince George was born.
Reportedly, Catherine and William also have various members of staff at the home – including their much-trusted nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo. The Spanish nanny began working for the family in 2013, and has been with them ever since. She’s regularly pictured looking after both George and Charlotte, and follows the family from their Anmer Hall home to their Kensington Palace home, whenever they may need her.
Where is Anmer Hall in Norfolk?
The royal family couldn’t quite have picked a better place for some privacy. The hall is of course located in the small village of Anmer – which is so rural, it doesn’t even have a pub!
Reportedly, the couple are left largely to themselves, and Catherine often pops into the local shops – including her favourite Waitrose – unbothered, as the local residents so used to seeing her walking around. Prince William also regularly cycles around the country lanes, while the pair pop to the local villages for pub lunches.
The area is also just 12 miles from the market town of King’s Lynn, so if the couple ever need anything, they’re just a short car ride from whatever they might require.
The Duke and Duchess’ close friends, William Van Cutsem and his wife Rosie also live close by – and it’s said the family regularly have dinner parties with their pals at their home.
What a lovely country home for the family!