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Cotswolds estate next door to Prince Charles and Camilla could be yours for £7.5million


Positively regal (Picture: ©Clive Postlethwaite)

Fancy living like royalty?

Well, for a cool £7.5million, you could do just that as an elegant country mansion has just gone on sale, and buyers could find themselves rubbing shoulders with a prince.

The 11-bedroom Cotswolds property is right next to Prince Charles’s Highgrove country retreat in Gloucestershire.

With 117-acre’s to its name, the Elmestree House Estate is on the market for the first time in more than 70 years, so it’s a rare opportunity.

The Grade II-listed house features a ballroom among its six reception rooms, while a three-bedroom annexe, a four-bedroom farmhouse and a two-bedroom lodge cottage are also included in the sale price.

Entertaining lots of guests won’t be a problem.

You’ll have 117 acres to play with (Picture: ©Clive Postlethwaite)
Look at all that light (Picture: ©Clive Postlethwaite)

If that’s not enough, you’ll also get a stable block, coach house, courtyard, farm buildings and a walled garden set among parkland and ponds. Lovely.

Princess Diana often walked through the estate while she was married to the prince – she was once pictured listening to her Sony Walkman as she strolled through a meadow there.

Elmestree’s close proximity to Highgrove has left locals in nearby Tetbury wondering whether the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge could even put in a bid.

The estate includes an annexe, a farm house and a cottage – as well as the main house (Picture: ©Clive Postlethwaite)
The property has been referred to as ‘architecturally pure’ (Picture: ©Clive Postlethwaite)

William and Kate are reported to be ‘seriously considering’ relocating to be nearer to the Queen.

Former owners were sheep and cattle farmer David Wilson and his wife Betty, who bought the property in 1947 and raised a family there. Mr Wilson farmed there until his death in 2013 aged 87, three years after his wife’s passing.

Elmestree is being sold by the executors of his estate, who include two of his sons, Clive, 54, and 60-year-old Tim, who said: ‘[My parents] lived and worked at Elmestree for more than 50 happy years. It was a wonderful home where we all grew up.’

Matthew Sudlow, at agents Strutt & Parker, said: ‘To find a house that is as architecturally pure as Elmestree in this part of the world is remarkable.’

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