INSIDE Princess Anne’s estate has always been shrouded in mystery – but over the years, Brits have been given occasional glimpses.
The late Queen’s only daughter received Gatcombe Park as a wedding gift from her mother in 1976.
Former Conservative Home Secretary Lord Butler had reportedly sold it for almost £6million (at today’s prices).
Princess Anne now lives there with husband Timothy Laurence, whom she married in 1992, but ex-husband Captain Mark Phillips can still be found at the property.
After divorcing in 1992, Phillips lived with his second wife, Sandy Pflueger, and their daughter at Aston Farm, a seven-bedroom farmhouse adjacent to the estate.
Britain’s ‘hardest working’ king has decorated the 730-acre estate differently than other family members.
The 72-year-old has added modern additions to the historical pieces, while retaining most of the royal residences from the original period in which the property was built.
Speaking to Countryfile, the royal princess previously opened up about her home: “It’s really nice to come back and just be yourself in an area like this.”
“I have to make it possible to conquer a place like this.”
“It doesn’t come for free, it has to be paid for, otherwise I can’t stay here.”
In the living room, Princess Anne can relax in front of a flat-screen TV when she’s not busy with her usual array of royal engagements.
Snaps inside the royal family member’s home also showed eye-catching furniture with an orange floral print, keeping the space bright and cheery.
There is a display case full of figurines of animals and birds, as well as several serene watercolor landscape paintings.
The supposedly five-bedroom property has four adjoining rooms that offer plenty of space for hobbies and activities.
If the princess felt like reading, she could do so in her own private library.
Or should she be looking for some entertainment on a rarely quiet day, the billiard room is an option.
When guests come to visit, they can be welcomed in one of four reception rooms and enjoy views of the extensive and immaculately manicured grounds from a spacious conservatory.
The property features a working organic farm with various farm animals as well as horse and cattle breeding.
In 2020, Brits got a glimpse of the rural setting during a virtual call to mark the opening of the NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital in Glasgow and during a conversation with the Queen.
Anne was also featured in the ITV documentary Princess Royal: Anne Aged 70, where she sat in what looked like a living room or personal office, with a desk and lamp in front of her.
The royal princess had plenty of family photos behind her, including a shot of daughter Zara, who tied the knot with rugby union player Mike Tindall in 2011.
Missing from the shelf was a wedding of son Peter and his Canadian wife Autumn as they are now separated.
The couple are said to be splitting after 12 years of marriage after telling an “angry” queen at the height of the Prince Andrew scandal.
But Autumn Phillips now has a new partner, Donal Mulryan, and Peter has a new girlfriend, Lindsay Wallace, and they continue to live in Gatcombe.
Located between Minchinhampton and Avening in Gloucestershire, the property is privately financed and not chargeable to the taxpayer.
The mansion is also a stone’s throw from their two children, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall.
The siblings both live in cottages in the grounds of Princess Anne’s home.
Zara lives in Aston Farm with her husband Mike Tindall and their three children Mia, Lena and Lucas after Zara’s father moved out.
They have been extensively refurbished and now enjoy a luxurious blend of modern and traditional styles, as well as adjoining stables for Zara’s horses.
Princess Anne can often be seen teaching her grandchildren to ride horses in their own paddock.
The working Queen also owns a London flat in St James’ Palace, which she uses as her engagement venue in London.