Gatcombe Park: take a look at the countryside estate Zara and Mike Tindall share with Princess Anne

Gatcombe Park is home to the Tindalls and Princess Anne

Gatcombe Park, Princess Anne, Zara Tindall, Mike Tindall
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Gatcombe Park is arguably one of the lesser known royal residences in the monarchy's property portfolio, but it's actually the home of some of the Queen's nearest and dearest relatives—including Princess Anne and Zara and Mike Tindall. 

  • Mike and Zara Tindall share the Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire with the Princess Royal, Princess Anne.
  • Princess Anne has lived on the Gatcombe Park estate since the 70s.
  • Her brother Prince Charles' country estate is Birkhall, where he and Duchess Camilla isolated during the coronavirus lockdown.

So far, we've taken a look at Bagshot Park, Sophie Wessex and Prince Edward's home, had a deep dive into Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's former UK residence in Windsor, Frogmore Cottage,and explored Anmer Hall, where Prince William, Duchess Catherine and their three children spend time in the Norfolk countryside. 

With a look at all these gorgeous royal homes, we began to wonder - where do Princess Anne and Mike and Zara Tindall live?

Princess Anne is the only daughter of Her Majesty and Prince Philip and she has taken the title of the hardest-working royal for several years in a row. Despite being the second eldest of Queen Elizabeth's children, she is very far off ever becoming heir to the British throne. The reason why Princess Anne is fifteenth in line to the throne is linked to archaic laws that existed at the time of her birth in 1950, which fortunately no longer apply to royal females born today. 

And despite Zara being the Queen's granddaughter, she was not given a royal title by her mother, Princess Anne. 

As such, she and her rugby player husband Mike Tindall 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 Zara and Mike Tindall and Princess Anne call home?

Where do Princess Anne and Zara and Mike Tindall live?

Princess Anne and Zara and Mike Tindall all live at Gatcombe Park, in Gloucestershire, nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Zara and Mike share their home on the sprawling estate with their three children—Mia, seven, Lena, two, and baby Lucas, who was born in March of this year. 

Gatcombe Park is a 700-acre estate, and a private, royal country home. It's main building is an impressive, Grade II listed home - which is where Princess Anne lives.

The home sits within acres of land on the estate, where Princess Anne also holds annual equestrian events.

Dotted around the large estate are other royal homes - including Mike and Zara Tindall's.

Gatcombe Park

Princess Anne's son Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn also lived within the grounds of the 700-acre estate during their marriage, along with their daughters Isla and Savannah.

However, following the sad news of Autumn and Peter's split in February of 2020, it's been reported that the pair no longer continue to share their marital home at Aston Farm, on the Gatcombe estate.

Aston Farm is also where Peter's father, Mark Phillips, lives with his second wife.

A brief history of Gatcombe Park

Gatcombe 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. The Queen bought the beautiful, rural property from the former Home Secretary Lord Butler of Saffron Walden.

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.

Zara and Mike moved to Gatcombe just before welcoming 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.

Gatcombe is certainly a convenient place for the Tindall 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 at the eventing trials.

Who owns 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, funded by the Crown purse.

What is Gatcombe Park like inside?

According to reports, the main manor house of Gatcombe, where Princess Anne lives, has five main bedrooms, four secondary bedrooms, four reception rooms, a library, a billiard room, and a conservatory.

Like most private royal residences, there are very few pictures from within the home. However, Princess Anne recently opened the new Nightingale Hospital in Glasgow via video link - and the video shares a sneak glimpse at the Princess Royal's home office.

Behind Anne, royal fans can see the peachy walls of Gatcombe, adorned with gold-gilted picture frames. In fact, there's even a sweet picture of Zara and Mike on their wedding day pride of place in the office - as well as even more pictures of the family dotted around a desk behind her. She's even got some beautiful flowers sat on her fireplace! What a lovely place to work...

What are the Gatcombe Park grounds 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."

Gatcombe Park

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!

In fact, Princess Anne even shared a glimpse of the farm at Gatcombe on the Royal Family Instagram account.

Taken as part of her guest editor role with Country Life, and to mark her upcoming 70th birthday, the pictures allow royal fans a look at Anne's gorgeously green farm land, and her beautiful horses. Swipe through the post to see all the pictures...

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How much is Gatcombe Park worth?

The price of the home when it was bought in the 70s was not disclosed, but it was reported to have been bought for around £500,000 - £750,000. However, it's likely that the home, with its extensive grounds, is worth much more now!

Is Gatcombe Park open to the public?

The Gloucestershire residence isn't open for visits from the general public, but given that a lot of equestrian events are held there, the public are able to visit the home inadvertently.

However these are held in the large grounds, so it's highly unlikely visitors would see the royal's private residences.

Amy Hunt
Amy Hunt

Amy Hunt is Life Channel Editor at womanandhome.com, having been with the brand since 2015. She began as the magazine's features assistant before moving over to digital as a News and Features Writer, before becoming Senior Writer, and now a Channel Editor. She has worked on either women's lifestyle websites previously too—including Woman's Weekly, Goodto.com, Woman, and Woman's Own. In 2019, Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards, for her work on womanandhome.com. She is passionate about everything from books, to homes, to food and the latest news on the royal family. When she isn't editing or updating articles on cleaning, homewares, the newest home gadgets, or the latest books releases for the website, she's busy burying her nose in a gripping thriller, practising yoga, or buying new homeware of her own.