Londoners may have Buckingham Palace and other official buildings, but they still need to visit Gloucestershire to see some real royal homes. Because they need to come to the Cotswolds if they want to experience the town where some of the Queen’s children and grandchildren actually live.
Tetbury in Gloucestershire has been described as an ‘architectural gem’ and is renowned for preserving the merchant houses in their original 16th and 17th century condition. Known as ‘the southern gateway to the Cotswolds’, the historic wool town attracts over 500,000 visitors each year.
But they don’t just come to see the cute little cottages, they’re also drawn to connections with the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall. In 1980 the Prince of Wales came to Highgrove in Tetbury and made it his family home.
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He transformed the garden into what is now recognized as one of the most inspirational gardens in the world and opened the Highgrove store in Tetbury in 2008. This paved the way for the Cotswold town to become a firm favorite with the royal family for decades to come, reports MyLondon.
Very close to Tetbury is the Duchy Home Farm, which is run like a garden according to organic principles. Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, lives about six miles from Tetbury between Avening and Minchinhampton in Gatcombe Park, famous for the Festival of British Eventing.
The house and estate are not open to the public but she lives there with Zara and Mike Tindall and their children. Although Gatcombe Park itself is not open to the public, Tetbury as a town is.
You can visit Prince Charles’ Highgrove House on Tetbury’s main street. Inspired by the Royal Gardens at Highgrove and the personal interests of HRH The Prince of Wales, the shop is filled with an exciting selection of sustainably sourced produce, crafts and ranges designed exclusively for Highgrove.
Featuring a range of luxury food and drink, along with their own tea blends and champagne, their website states: “There is much to tempt among our sweet and savory delights at Highgrove Shop.
“Our range for home and garden includes a selection of garden accessories and tools, as well as stylish textiles, luxurious soft furnishings and elegant glassware.”
Regular trains from Paddington direct to Kemble in 1 hour 15 minutes are a bonus for Londoners, but they still have to make the 12 minute drive from the station into Tetbury. For this reason many prefer to take the two-hour drive north-west along the M40 to Oxford and then drive to Cirencester to connect with the A433 south-west to Tetbury.