Anmer Hall is a 10-bedroom home located 2-miles from the Queen’s home on the estate and will be used by the young royals as a private country retreat. The home has been occupied by James Everett and his family, who run a kitchen and timber business, Norfolk Oak, out of the stables. In July, it was confirmed Mr. Everett was moving his business off the estate. Planning applications for renovations on the building have been submitted to the local council for approval in preparation for the home’s new family.
Many of the renovations are being made to make the building more private for the Cambridge’s, including plans for a new driveway. Currently, the driveway leads to the property through a public road passing by a church. The gate to the church from the hall will be made private, and an additional driveway will be created across a field, which will be shielded by trees and shrubs. The front lawn will also be taken out to provide a larger parking area for cars.
There are also planned improvements to the living areas as well including a new garden room to be built onto the kitchen to create an open-family plan. A pergola made from stone columns and oak beams for plants to grow on is going up over the patio to offer shade and privacy. Finally, the Everett’s wood store in the stables will be converted into a sitting room.
The couple have chosen surveyor Charles Morris to oversee the renovations of the Georgian home. Mr. Morris worked with Prince Charles during the extension of his Highgrove House in 1998, so he has ties with the royal family.
The estate, where the royals get together every year for Christmas, is surrounded by farmland. That and the fact that paparazzi are not allowed to photograph the royal family there, will provide the Cambridge’s much privacy and room for relaxation out of the public’s prying eyes. Kate must be looking forward to watching George play outside on the property grounds, having a moment of normal childhood like Prince William once did.