Highgrove House

The Prince of Wales has homes in England, Scotland and Wales. 

The Prince of Wales has homes in England, Scotland and Wales.

Clarence House is the official London residence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

Highgrove House near Tetbury, Gloucestershire, is the family home of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

Birkhall is the private residence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in Scotland. It is the former home of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother on the Balmoral estate on Royal Deeside. Her Late Majesty described it as a ‘little big house’.

The Prince and The Duchess spend their summer break here each year and enjoy the pursuits of fishing and walking in the beautiful countryside.

Llwynywermod, near Llandovery in Carmarthenshire, is Their Royal Highnesses' Welsh home.

Bought in 2007 by the Duchy of Cornwall, the farmhouse was refurbished using local materials and the skills of Welsh craftsmen and women.

Their Royal Highnesses stay at the house when they are on their Annual Tour of Wales and during many other visits.

Clarence House is the official residence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

Clarence House opening

 

At Clarence House, The Prince and The Duchess receive official guests from this country and overseas on behalf of the nation, and bring together people from all walks of life through official seminars, lunches, receptions and dinners. Several thousand official guests are received at the House annually.

Clarence House is a working residence and provides office accommodation for Their Royal Highnesses’ official staff to support them in undertaking their public and charitable duties.

Clarence House was built between 1825 and 1827The Prince of Wales is the seventh royal occupant.  His predecessors include the Duke of Clarence (later King William IV), for whom the House was built. It was once the London home of Her Majesty The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, and The Duke of Edinburgh following their marriage in 1947 and of The Prince of Wales between the ages of one and three.

It was also the home of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother from 1953 to 2002. The Prince of Wales moved back to Clarence House on 4th August 2003, the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s birth.

Clarence House is an important part of the nation’s built heritage and, between 2002 to 2003, the House underwent essential renovation and redecoration.

The Royal Household Property Services carried out the refurbishment and worked with organisations including the Forest Stewardship Council to specify and buy sustainable materials and timber from responsibly managed forests. The internal decoration was carried out under the direction of the interior designer, Robert Kime.

Clarence House is usually open to the public in August each year. Visitors are given a guided tour of the five rooms and adjoining spaces on the ground floor. All tickets are timed and must be pre-booked. For further information or to book tickets visit the Royal Collection website.

Members of the public are able to see items from the Royal Collection and from the collection of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. The Queen Mother’s collection is particularly strong in 20th Century British art, with important works by John Piper, Graham Sutherland, W. S. Sickert and Augustus John.

The decoration of the rooms retains the ambience created by The Queen Mother, and much of her collection of works of art and furniture are in their former positions.

The official residence of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry is Kensington Palace.


 

Highgrove House near Tetbury in Gloucestershire is The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s family home.

The Duchy of Cornwall owns Highgrove, and bought the house, garden and nearby farmland now known as Duchy Home Farm in 1980.

The house had been the home of Maurice Macmillan, Conservative MP for Farnham and son of the former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, for 14 years.

The Prince chose to live in Gloucestershire because of its easy access to London, Wales and other parts of Britain including the Western counties where the Duchy has most of its properties.

The Prince hosts many briefings and receptions at Highgrove, and one of his more recent projects was the construction of a function suite in the grounds known as the Orchard Room, which was built in Cotswold stone to reflect the local architecture

A specially built reed bed sewage system, much loved by dragonflies at its treatment end, is used for all Highgrove’s waste. Rare trees and plants are planted for future generations to enjoy and heritage seeds are sown to ensure their legacy.

This ethically sound management is carried through to the house too, where bottles and cans are recycled, as are newspapers, cardboard and shredded white office paper; all kitchen waste goes through the composting system. An energy-saving programme ensures the fitting of energy-saving bulbs where appropriate and solar lights are used in the staff car parks.

The Prince is proud of his garden and since the early 1980s has regularly invited various groups to visit, such as local charities and gardening groups.

Today, after much time and effort, the gardens at Highgrove and the Duchy Home Farm are flagship examples of the organic movement, both in terms of their environmental sustainability and their natural beauty.

To help raise money for his Charitable Foundation, The Prince now opens his gardens to the public from April to October each year for guided tours. The money raised helps a variety of causes in the built environment, with young people and education, as well as the arts, global sustainability and rural affairs. 

For more information, please visit www.highgrovegardens.com ​​​​​

Birkhall is the private residence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in Scotland.

Birkhall

 

Birkhall is located on the Balmoral Estate on Royal Deeside and was formerly home to Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.

Their Royal Highnesses, known as The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay when in Scotland, usually spend their summer holiday at Birkhall.

When at Birkhall, Their Royal Highnesses enjoy fishing and walking in the Scottish countryside and often undertake engagements in the local area.

Llwynywermod, near the village of Myddfai, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, was bought by the Duchy of Cornwall in November 2006, with completion in April 2007.

His Royal Highness, as both Duke of Cornwall and Prince of Wales, was for some time keen for the Duchy to purchase a property in Wales.

Llwynywermod is used by The Prince and The Duchess when they are in Wales on their regular visits and annual summer tour.

Llwynywermod

The land comprises of around 215 acres, 173 acres of which is grazing and parkland and around 40 acres of woodland.

The property is used as holiday lets when The Prince and The Duchess are not there.

Llwynywermod

 


Renovation

Llwynywermod

 

Llwynywermod was renovated using the expertise of skilled Welsh craftsmen and women.

After the property was purchased, the Duchy of Cornwall worked closely with local craftsmen and contractors to renovate the house. These include Ty-Mawr Lime from Brecon who provided the lime plaster, Coe Stone Ltd stonemasons from Neath and Camillieri, roofing contractors from the Vale of Glamorgan.

Materials were sourced from within Wales wherever possible. Some of the stone and Welsh slate used in the renovation had been recovered from the site.

The interior was furnished with local Welsh textiles (including Welsh shirting flannel to line the curtains), blankets and quilts and early 20th Century Welsh pottery. Rugs from Solva Woollen Mill, which Their Royal Highnesses have visited, have also been used.

An early Welsh Dresser which was given to The Queen on Her Majesty’s wedding day by the people of Meirionnydd has been placed in the farmhouse and in the North Range there is an 18th Century Carmarthenshire dresser that includes Ewenny pottery.

 

The Environment

Llwynywermod

 

The cottage was built using local skills and traditional building methods to help keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Cob walls and natural sheep’s wool insulation help retain heat while still letting the building breathe.

Hot water and heating are provided by a wood chip boiler which uses local timber, often from the estate, reducing fossil fuel use and long-term carbon dioxide emissions. Wherever possible, low-energy lighting and energy-efficient appliances have been fitted.

A smart meter is used to monitor electricity use closely helping staff to reduce it even further, and the electricity itself comes from 100 per cent renewable sources.

The cleaning products used are designed to minimise their impact on the environment and a reed-bed sewage system provides a natural way to filter wastewater.

The gardens and grounds are managed under organic principles without the use of artificial fertilisers and pesticides.

There are just over 200 acres of grounds which are a mix of woodlands, rough ground and meadows providing a variety of habitats for wildlife.

The meadows are being managed to promote the growth of wildflowers including orchids.

Sheep which are kept on the meadows help out by acting as selective lawnmowers that fertilise the ground as they graze.  There is also a small herd of Whitebred Shorthorns which arrived on the estate in 2013 as part of a programme to save these critically rare breed.