It is quite possible the work being completed on Anmer Hall, which is part of Her Majesty’s Sandringham estate, is for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George. According to the 24 September edition of The Telegraph; “The Queen has ordered building work to begin on Anmer Hall, a strong indication it will become the country home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their baby Prince George.”
The Borough Council approved plans in March for various improvements and additions to the home. Included are: a new driveway, construction of a garden room added onto the kitchen, conversion of the garage and wood storage building into police accommodations and additional storage facilities, a stone and oak pergola for the patio and a car park on the front lawn.
Architect Charles Morris, who is no stranger to working with the Royal Family, is creator of the plans. Morris is known for his additions to and refurbishment of Prince Charles’ Highgrove House.
According to the Telegraph, Archaeologists are on site and digging to make certain nothing of value historically is located under the driveway before work continues. Nothing significant has been reported, although The Telegraph reports; “archaeologists have recovered what appears to be part of an old stone wall.”
The renovation and additions will not cost the taxpayers any money as Anmer Hall is privately owned by Her Majesty.
James Everett who is the present lessee, owner of bespoke timber company Norfolk Oak, had four years left on his lease. According to his blog dated 29 July 2013 “Unlike many businesses, Norfolk Oak has the pleasure of moving from one historic place to another. Anmer Hall, which is soon to be faced with royalty once more, to historic, rustic RAF West Raynham.”
Prior to Mr. Everett leasing Anmer Hall, the Duke and Duchess of Kent used it as their country home from 1972-1990.
When asked by The Telegraph, a Clarence House spokeswoman declined to comment in detail about Anmer Hall, saying: “It is a private matter. We won’t be making any comment on it at all.”
Learn more about the history of Anmer Hall here.