Queen 'rejected Philip's plans for Sandringham' says expert
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Once described as ‘the most comfortable house in England’, this private home has been owned by the British monarchy since 1862. Her Majesty traditionally spends two months of the winter season at the 20,000 acre estate, while several members of the extended Royal Family tend to travel up for Christmas and New Year.
However, Sandringham is not just popular during the festive period, the Norfolk-based house often welcomes royal members during the summer time.
The Queen’s granddaughter Zara and her husband Mike Tindall are believed to be spending the end of the summer at Sandringham with their three children, Mia, Lena and Lucas.
In July this year, the 95-year-old monarch was pictured driving around the estate in her Land Rover for the first time since the death of her husband Prince Philip in April.
Prince Philip and the Queen last retreated to Wood Farm Cottage on the estate in September 2020 before returning to Windsor Castle.
Queen Elizabeth II is currently spending her summer holidays at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, meaning that the public can visit Sandringham and its gardens until October 14.
But if you can’t make it before then you can still grab an AirBnB near enough to catch a glimpse of Sandringham House from afar.
Here are some of the best ranked accommodations on AirBnb close to Her Majesty’s royal abode.
The Old Bakehouse Georgian House – Great Massingham, Norfolk
What could be more royal than staying in a large 19th Century Georgian detached house in the heart of the countryside?
Currently with a rating of 4.93 stars out of five, The Old Bakehouse dates back to 1813, and still retains most of its Georgian period charm that would fit perfectly in a Jane Austen novel.
Guests have private use of the downstairs snug for a cosy evening with a fully enclosed courtyard.
Superhost Suzy welcomes small dogs for an additional surcharge of £10 per night and offers breakfast either in the dining room or the garden.
A day out to Sandringham Estate is a 15 minute drive away, with the Norfolk coast roughly a 30 min drive.
For a two-night stay in the double bedroom for a weekend in November at The Old Bakehouse costs £99 per night.
Ferry Lane Cottage – King’s Lynn, Norfolk
A rural retreat with a contemporary feel, Ferry Lane Cottage is perfect for those seeking a historic location with modern facilities.
This property based in the town centre of King’s Lynn sleeps four people across two bedrooms and is decorated to what superhosts Sam and Ben described as “a five-star standard”.
Guests can enjoy a winter barbecue or a late night around the fire pit in the spacious outdoor space.
The kitchenette has a large island and bar area to prepare a feast fit for royalty – there is even a box of board games to provide classic entertainment throughout your stay.
Ferry Lane Cottage is also welcome to any dogs for a mini holiday, with plenty of cafes, restaurants and pubs in walking distance.
Sandringham is around a 17 minute drive from the staycation site.
Two nights for four guests during November at Ferry Lane Cottage costs £165 per night plus additional cleaning and service charges.
The Gig House, King’s Lynn, Norfolk
Those who are after a cottage for a special occasion that pulls out all the luxury stops, The Gig House is the place to stay.
Just off the A47, up to four people can experience living a tranquil, rustic lifestyle with access to an on-site spa, outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and barbecue.
Adults over 18 will also receive complimentary access to Energise Pentney Health Club, a members only gym just a minute’s walk away from the site.
Inside the renovated cottage there are exposed beams, rural decor and a traditional wood burner.
A large, comfy sofa with soft blankets will keep you snug. It’s just over a 20 minute drive away from Sandringham.
Unsurprisingly, The Gig House House is almost fully booked for the year, but a two midweek stay in December is £140 per night with additional cleaning and service charges.
Bookings are already being made for early 2022.
The East Wing at Tudor Hall Country Breaks – Tilney All Saints, Norfolk
Having just received five stars out of five on AirBnb users and a Gold Award by Visit England for ‘exceptional quality & outstanding customer service’, The East Wing has everything for a romantic getaway that would get royal approval.
This self-contained site is part of Old Hall, a Grade II Listed thatched 16th Century residence that combines the feeling of staying in a high-end hotel and feeling at home.
Up to four guests at a time can fantasize how the other half live as they enjoy sole use of the grounds and sleep in the grand master bedroom that has its own log-burner.
The bathroom is equipped with a huge whirlpool bath alongside a spacious kitchenette with an open fireplace, a Jacuzzi bath and a second double bedroom.
Weekends across November, December and January are still available to book at The East Wing, with a two-night stay costing £280 per night plus cleaning fee.
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