The homes of the royal family are some of the most palatial and impressive abodes around.
With a look at all these gorgeous royal homes, we began to wonder – where do Mike and Zara Tindall live?
The popular couple, who are known for being funny, friendly, and super down-to-earth, actually aren’t official, working members of ‘The Firm’.
Despite Zara being the Queen’s granddaughter, she was not given a royal title by her mother, Princess Anne. And as such, she and her rubgy player husband Mike do not complete official duties on behalf of the Queen, and have their own separate careers. However, the pair do occasionally attend family events with the Queen, including Royal Ascot. So where do Mike and Zara call home?
Where is Gatcombe Park?
Gatcombe Park is an impressive, Grade II listed building.
The home sits within acres of land on the estate, where Princess Anne also holds annual equestrian events.
It has been the home of the Princess Royal since 1976, when it was bought privately by the Queen for her and her then-husband, Captain Mark Phillips.
Where does Princess Anne live?
In 2013, Anne and her current husband, Timothy Laurence, were joined by Mike and Zara Tindall, when they sold their Cheltenham home and came to live on the Gatcombe estate.
The move happened just a year before the couple welcomed their first child, Mia Tindall, Princess Anne’s third grandchild. It’s not clear where on the estate Zara and Mike live, with Princess Anne and her husband taking up residence in the main house.
But Gatcombe Park is certainly a convenient place for the couple and their family to be, with equestrian Zara having many of her horses stabled on the estate. Now, the couple live there with daughter Mia their one-year-old daughter Lena, and are often pictured enjoying the grounds together as a family.
What is Gatcombe Park like?
The Gatcombe Park estate is famous in the horse and eventing world for hosting many of the sport’s annual events.
It’s the former home of the Festival of British Eventing, and Zara Tindall herself has often competed there. And Princess Anne has always been keen to make the estate work and earn money for itself, as she revealed on the BBC programme Countryfile lately. She explained, “It’s really nice to come back and just be yourself in an area like this. Being able to take on a place like this – for me, I’ve got to make it work. This is not something that comes free, this has got to pay it’s way, otherwise I can’t stay here.”
The estate also hosts a lot of land for farming, a biannual craft fair, as well as the equestrian events – so it certainly pays for itself!
The history of Gatcombe Park
While Princess Anne, Mike, and Zara Tindall’s home was bought privately by the Queen over 50 years ago, it was extensively refurbished and renovated prior to the family moving in back in the late 1970s, as funded by the Crown purse. The Queen bought the beautiful, rural property from the former Home Secretary Lord Butler of Saffron Walden.
After Princess Anne and her first husband Captain Mark Phillips divorced, he moved out of their home to live at Aston Farm – but later moved out of that home after his second marriage.
Before getting married, both of Anne’s children Mark Phillips and Zara had separate cottages of their own on the estate – so perhaps Mike and Zara now live in one of these?