Welcome to the world, Prince George of Cambridge! And what a world it is. Prince George’s first place of residence will be in the Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace, a sprawling manor built in the 17th century. The cottage was previously occupied by Princess Diana’s sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, and her husband Sir Robert Fellowes. It only has two bedrooms, but it’s just a starter home; WillKat – as William and Kate are known – are expected to move into another part of the palace, Apartment 1A, in August.
Apartment 1A is much larger, with 20 bedrooms that span four floors. It was previously the home of the late Princess Margaret, and is decorated with priceless antiques.
English manors like Kensington Palace have inspired architects the world over, including here in the U.S. If you’d like to live like Prince George, check out these homes for sale, which resemble the royal baby’s new pad…
0 George Hl, Lancaster, MA 01523
Listed by: Nancy Hazel, TP Hazel Sotheby’s International Realty
Located on “George Hill,” this estate, known as the Thayer mansion, was built in 1900 and was designed by Guy Lowell, the architect of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. It spans 22,000 square feet and has the same number of bedrooms as Apartment 1A in Kensington Palace – 20! Many of the original details have been restored, giving it a palace feel. The home sits on 217 acres and comes with the original stable/carriage barn, which is now being used as a staff house.
58 Cat Ridge Rd, North Salem, NY 10560
Listed by: Linda Gracie, Houlihan Lawrence Inc.
According to the listing, this home was inspired by “the great country houses of England.” It was built in 1934 for the Woolworth heir, Richard W. Woolworth, and was designed by Mott Schmidt, a preeminent architect of the era. Although it is smaller than Apartment 1A, with only nine bedrooms, the brick exterior and long fireplace vents resemble the Kensington Palace. The property size is 26 acres and includes an English garden with manicured hedges.
1601 Brintons Bridge Rd, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Listed by: Janet Rubino, Long and Foster-Devon
Known as Windmill Hollow Manor, this equestrian estate was inspired by the estates of England’s Cotswold region. The 16,000 square foot main residence was designed by an English architect and replicates the 13th century Buckland Manor House. Antique materials, floors, doors, hardware, millwork, and mantles were imported from Europe and used for the interior and exterior. The 300 year old roof tiles are from a Welsh church. The English gardens were designed by Rosemary Verey, who helped landscape the gardens of Prince Philip.
405 N Mayflower Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045
Listed by: Ann Lyon, Coldwell Banker Residential
This 24,500 square foot estate was built in 1917 for the Schweppe family. It was restored in 1987 and 1988 by 70 craftsmen and European artists. Details include marble fireplaces, intricate limestone molding, and plaster relief ceilings. The dining room and study look like something straight out of an English manor. The home sits on Lake Michigan, with more than 440 feet of lake frontage.
63 Winsor Way, Weston, MA 02493
Listed by: Mizner & Simon Team, Benoit Mizner Simon & Co. – Weston – Boston Post Rd.
Located on the appropriately-named Winsor Way, this 22,000 square foot home resembles Kensington Palace with its brick and mason façade. According to the listing, it was crafted in the tradition of a European manor, with exquisite materials, moldings and proportions appropriate of the era. Antique furniture, carpet and drapes complete the look.
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