For ardent monarchists, it’s hard to imagine what could be better than living next door to the future king of Britain.
Buy Ashworth House near Tetbury in Gloucestershire and you could live the dream – the stone property, on sale for £1.95m, neighbours Highgrove, the Prince of Wales’s official country residence.
Tthe two properties share a boundary fence between their adjoining fields and owner Kelly Luchford, CEO of of PR company Luchford APM, claims the Prince and his family are often glimpsed around the pretty Cotswolds area – though they’ve never popped round to borrow a cup of sugar.
Luchford bought the property, which sits opposite the Beaufort Polo Club, five years ago. “Prince Charles discreetly drives around Tetbury and his sons play charity polo matches opposite and on occasion drink at the Cat and Custard Pot,” she says.
“We were told when we bought Ashworth that the princes often ride past the back of our stables on their way to polo – but I I think this was probably a sales pitch from the former owner!”
The house, which has undergone extensive modernisation under Luchford’s ownership, offers four large bedrooms and a spacious kitchen/breakfast room which opens onto an orangery with views of the garden. In the grounds, there is a small cottage which offers two further bedrooms and equestrian facilities including stables and a manège – perfect for budding polo players.
The house is not the only home with a royal connection currently on the market. The modest north Wales farmhouse rented by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for three years is soon to be available to new tenants, as the couple move into lavish apartments at Kensington Palace with their new baby.
Ashworth House is on sale through Chesterton Humberts for £1.95m