After months of poor health, Queen Elizabeth II finally died today aged 96.
News of her passing was confirmed by the Royal Family’s official accounts. “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow,” a statement said.
The world, it seems, will be talking only about her death for the next week. Mourners have gathered outside Buckingham Palace, hauntingly singing ‘God Save the King’; London black cabs decided to line The Mall for some reason; Australia’s preparing for the possibility of a public holiday.
And in a moment of strange timing, a house owned by the Queen has just been listed on Airbnb. The ‘Garden House’ is located on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate, which is located in Norfolk, about two hours from London.
The four-bedroom, two-bathroom place is the closest property on the mammoth estate to Sandringham House, where the royal family usually gets cosy for Christmas and New Year.
It won’t be surprising to learn that the ‘Garden House’ is the former home of the Queen’s head gardener. Prince William and Kate also have a residence on Sandringham Estate, which means you could meet the pair and Prince George on your morning stroll.
“This charming Norfolk hideaway, owned by HM The Queen, nestled within the heart of her much-loved Sandringham Estate country retreat and the closest estate property to Sandringham House itself, is all about an appreciation of the great outdoors and the beautiful gardens it sits within,” the Airbnb description says.
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“Garden House offers charming and relaxed accommodation for eight guests set over two floors. The functional kitchen boasts an Aga and there is a comfortable sitting room overlooking the gorgeous garden, which is ideal for relaxing.
“As well as the formal Walled Garden with its wonderfully stocked beds and borders in which the property sits, there is a more informal garden where you can relax in and children and dogs are safe to run and play.”
If you fancy feeling like royalty for a few nights, you’ll have to be quick – bookings are already full until February 2024. It also ain’t cheap, with one night setting you back over $400.
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