See inside the stunning $6.1 million home the Queen bought for Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie
Birch Hall is a sprawling estate originally built in 1740 and located in a charming village in Surrey, and it once belonged to Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice of the British royal family. Purchased for the girls and the Duchess of York by the Queen in 1997, the estate was part of a divorce settlement, but the Princesses never moved in.
It's said that the Duchess refused, claiming the upkeep would be too expensive so the home was later sold for $2.2 million in a private sale. The money from the sale reportedly went into a fund for the Princesses, who were 9 and 10 at the time, and the family that owned it has now listed it for 3 times as much.
The Georgian mansion, which stands on 5 acres with vast lawns and gardens and has both a tennis court and a pool, is truly fit for a princess.
Birch Hall boasts 7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 5 living spaces -- including a gorgeous "summer room." It has charm the charm of its 1740 origins but also modern updates for comfortable living in the country. There is a two-bedroom cottage on the property as well, making guests (or staff!) feel right at home.
It's clear why it would appeal to royalty -- and anyone, really -- as it's near some of the country's top private schools, Ascot Park and the Royal Berkshire Polo Club, and not far from London proper.
Click through above to see images from inside the home once meant for the Queen's grandchildren, and see more about the home here.