Could Prince William and Kate Middleton move to Gloucestershire?
WITH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reportedly looking for a new home, is it any wonder Gloucestershire estate agents are checking their books for desirable homes?
Prince William and Kate are reportedly planning to leave their rented cottage in Anglesey and invest in a new country house closer to London, Prince Charles' Highgrove House, near Tetbury, and her parents in Berkshire.
And with William's cousin Zara down the road in Cheltenham, his aunt Princess Anne at Minchinhampton and father and Camilla nearby, we asked estate agents for their top county buys.
They could do a lot worse than Middle Lypiatt House, near Bisley, currently on the market for £5million.
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The six-bedroom Grade II* listed home, on with Savilles, has a courtyard, garden cottage and clock barn, together with extensive southerly views of the Toadsmoor Valley.
If the couple want to tighten their belts, Frome Top in nearby Minchinhampton may be more to their tastes.
The six-bedroom property, listed at £1.35million with Hamptons, has a spectacular outlook over the countryside.
For something more modern, the Scandinavian-design Walled Garden at Uley would be perfect at £1.75million.
Built in the former walled kitchen garden of an 18th Century gothic revival country house, it is in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The five-bedroom oak-framed home, also with Hamptons, is very private and peaceful. To the north of the county, the royal couple can find Blaisdon House, on with Steve Gooch, an imposing six-bedroom building which dates back to 1860 and is priced at £1.150million.
Liz Whittaker, associate director at Hamptons, said: "It speaks volumes that both William's father and aunt chose to live in Gloucestershire, which offers absolutely everything. It has excellent transport links if William wanted to commute to London and the landscape is second to none and very diverse.
"If you travel from Minchinhampton to the north of the county you can see the diversity and beauty. I am a Gloucestershire girl and truly believe it is a superb place to live."