It has been reported that Anmer Hall, the country residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, has had an estimated renovation of £1.5 million. The Hall is a two hundred-year-old Grade II listed home and is part of The Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.
Renovation work supposedly began on the home in September of last year after King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council agreed on the plans for the refurbishment. William, Catherine and Prince George currently reside at their apartment in Kensington Palace, which also went through a great deal of renovations recently in order for the family to move in and have a city residence in the capital.
One building which is linked to Anmer Hall, which was previously the old wood store, has now been renovated into a flat in order for Prince George’s nanny, Maria Borallo, to reside in.
New clay pantiles, costing an estimated £500,000, have been put in place across the roof of the mansion. Tony Passmore, who is managing director of Passmore Group who specialise in refurbishments, has stated that the tiles are “rather bog standard”. He commented: “Surprisingly, they aren’t much different from the kind of tiles you and I would have on our houses and are actually in keeping with a traditional style house”. Passmore continued by saying: “The colour is rather bright but they will weather and in five years or so will look as if they have been there forever”.
A number of the rooms upstairs previously had rotting window frames, so have been replaced with dormer windows, with timber and lead roofs, costing around £100,000.
The refurbishment also included work on a new ‘garden room’, where a glass roof has been installed above a large dining table allowing for a great deal of light to come through into the room. The room was designed by Charles Morris, a favourite architect of Prince Charles’s, and it has been estimated in costing £250,000-£300,000.
In order to give the young family more privacy, the main driveway has been rerouted across a field in front of house and the main gate to the residence has been moved further away from the house. There is also a garage block of accommodation for police protection officers. As the home is privately owned by Her Majesty, all of the costs for the renovations have been made by the Royal family.
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