As Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her official 90th birthday, we take a look at homes with a royal connection or noble lineage.
As Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her official 90th birthday, we take a look at homes with a royal connection or noble lineage. Some are mini-majestic mansions in themselves. Others have regal connections stretching backs decades, while a few are located near Britain’s most beautiful palaces. Here are our top 10 properties (for sale or to rent) around the UK that would make awesome aristocratic addresses.
Mayfair, W1J £1.925m
Our current monarch was born at 17 Bruton Street, Mayfair, the house of her maternal grandfather. She was the first daughter of Albert, later King George VI, and his wife Elizabeth. Just the other side of Berkeley Square is Chesterfield Gardens, a portered mansion block dating from the 1930s. This fabulous sixth-floor flat has Art Deco echoes and two bedrooms. The joys of Green Park and the classical tones of Buckingham Palace, are within walking distance of this elegant Mayfair home.
Call Winkworth’s West End office 020 7240 3322 www.winkworth.co.uk/west-end
Romsey, Hampshire £425,000
The Princess Elizabeth and her new husband, Prince Phillip of Greece, spent the first night of their honeymoon at Broadlands, in Romsey, Hampshire. This was the home of Earl Mountbatten, Philip's uncle. This four-bedroom mews house is just down the road. It has a sunny patio and is a short stroll from historic Romsey’s charming town centre.
Call Winkworth’s Romsey office 01794 511911 www.winkworth.co.uk/romsey
Cheam, Surrey £3.6m
Her Majesty never misses the Epsom Derby, the annual flat race run in June. The winner scoops the largest prize of the horse-racing season – currently £1.325m. What a prize this house would make! This architect-designed gem is perfect for celebrations. It has a magnificent double-height reception hall with a sweeping modern staircase lit by a circular atrium. There are five bedrooms and half an acre of gardens.
Call Winkworth’s Cheam office 020 8770 7766 www.winkworth.co.uk/cheam
Richmond, London TW5 £1m
The Queen’s Garden at Kew was initially conceived by Sir George Taylor, the director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, in 1959. Her Majesty officially opened it in 1969. It contains only plants that grew in Britain before the 17th century. This modern duplex in the heart of Richmond, is just a royal wave away from Kew’s beauty. It mixes classical features and modern touches inside.
Call Winkworth’s Richmond office 020 8940 9986 www.winkworth.co.uk/richmond
Chelsea, London SW3 25,000 p/w
Here is a stylish home in the royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It looks like a mini-palace from the outside, but was previously a hospital. The property stands out on Fulham Road with its ornate windows, a beautiful red-brick façade and neo-gothic tones throughout. For those looking to rent in SW3, the property offers a grand home in a grand address. This eight-bedroom apartment has a cool, calm interior. A perfect retreat in south west London.
Call Winkworth’s Knightsbridge office on 020 7589 6616 www.winkworth.co.uk/knightsbridge-chelsea
Kensington, W8 £5,320p/w
Royals have lived at Kensington Palace since the 17th century and it is currently the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. You can live just around the corner if you rent this eighth floor apartment in Palace Gate. It has three bedrooms and would make a perfect home.
Call Winkworth’s Kensington office 020 7727 1500 www.winkworth.co.uk/kensington
Maze Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 £2.75m
Going back further in history, Elizabeth I was born at Greenwich in 1533 and in Greenwich Park, where she played as a child, there’s a tree known as Queen Elizabeth’s Oak. Vanbrugh Castle, on the edge of the park, was built by the architect John Vanbrugh for his family. Having built Castle Howard and Blenheim Palace in the baroque style, he chose a more gothic approach for his own home. This spectacular four-bedroom wing of the castle comes with a separate one-bedroom folly in the grounds.
Call Winkworth’s Greenwich office 020 3053 3033 www.winkworth.co.uk/greenwich
South Kensington, SW7 £3.65m
If you are looking for a home in the royal borough, then this home might be the answer. It is light and bright throughout with large windows at the rear. This two-bedroom flat is perfect, and you are eligible to use the communal gardens and tennis court.
Call Winkworth’s Knightsbridge office 020 7589 6616 www.winkworth.co.uk/knightsbridge-chelsea
North Park, Eltham SE9 Guide price £1.8-£2m
Eltham Palace was given to King Edward II in 1035 and remained a royal residence until the 16th century. The current building is a 1930s Art Deco masterpiece built by the textile giant, Stephen Courtauld. It incorporates the original Great Hall with its huge hammer beam roof. The palace still belongs to the Crown Estate, but is run by English Heritage and open to the public. This nearby seven bedroom Edwardian house is beautifully modernised. It has a vast amount of space for family living both inside and out.
Call Winkworth’s Blackheath office 020 8852 0999 www.winkworth.co.uk/blackheath
Teeton, Northants £625,000
Holdenby House in Northamptonshire was built by Elizabeth I’s Lord Chancellor, Sir Christopher Halton, who refused to sleep there until his monarch had done so. In 1607, it was bought by James I. Just to the north, this former forge has been beautifully modernised. It has five bedrooms and lovely gardens.
Call Winkworth’s Northampton office 01604 824854 www.winkworth.co.uk/northampton