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Take a look at Michael and Carole Middleton’s £4.7 million, 7-bedroom, Grade II-listed Georgian property in Berkshire where the newest royal prince will be spending time with his grandparents…
The village of Bucklebury, Berkshire, England
The Manor on Pease Hill in Bucklebury, Berkshire
The Middleton’s bought this home in 2012 after deeming their £1.5 million home in the same Berkshire village to be too visible to passers-by.
This new 18-acre home offers them better privacy and security, as well as space to build special accommodation for royal protection staff. Planning permission has already been granted for an outbuilding, with a flat and garage on the ground floor, and a storage area and workshop above.
It’s located on the Pease Hill road and known as The Manor, Bucklebury, Reading, West Berkshire, RG7 6RP.
Do remember that this is a private family home with some of the best protection in the country so knocking on the door for a cup of sugar is not a luscious idea!
This new home was purchased in a 2012 bidding war from a Morgan Stanley banker named Justin Mason and his wife Jill, a landscape artist.
It cost them around £4.7 million, which should only make a dent in their £30 million party supplies business called “Party Pieces” which they run out of Ashampstead, not far from their new family home and also in Berkshire. With added publicity due to the royal family connection, the business is flourishing.
Buy Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends by Pippa Middleton for more insight into the family business.
Read more about the family of Kate Middleton, now known as Catherine, via Wikipedia.
As well as the seven bedrooms, The Manor has 5 reception rooms including an entrance hall, drawing room, dining room with 17th century fireplace, library, sitting room, swimming pool, tennis court, and extensive gardens.
Check out these photos, taken prior to the Middletons moving in (and most likely redecorating):
According to this website…”King Henry I originally bestowed the land on the monks of Reading Abbey, who created fish ponds in the grounds – three of which still exist.
“In 1540, following the dissolution of the monasteries including Reading Abbey, Henry VIII granted it to John Winchcombe, the wealthy son of a local wool merchant, who became an MP four years later. The house later passed to the Hartley family, descendants of a female branch of the Winchcombe family.
“The property – just a few miles away from the Middleton’s present home – also boasts appropriate Royal connections, with its land originally bestowed on the monks of Reading Abbey by King Henry I
“However, the Hartleys still retain the title of Lord and Lady of the Manor – dashing any hopes that the Middletons might have had of inheriting it with the house.
“The last remaining heir is William Hartley Russell, who moved to nearby Bucklebury House in 1957.”
Former homes of the Middleton family
Here is their former 3-reception room, 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom house, just down the road, also in Bucklebury, where Kate, Pippa and James Middleton used to call home. It’s known as Oak Acre in The Avenue, Bucklebury, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 6NS
All three Middleton children were educated at Marlborough College, about 40 minutes drive from Bucklebury, at £30,000-a-year.
From her birth in 1982 until 1995, Kate lived in this four-bedroom, semi-detached Victorian house in the village of Southend Bradfield about 77 kilometres west of London. It’s been valued at around half a million pounds:
The family also lived in Amman, Jordan where Michael Middleton worked from 1984-87.
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