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Sandringham House


The Sandringham Estate, a royal residence in Norfolk, England


Sandringham House - Queen Elisabeth 2nd's weekend retreat


Cycle from Sandringham Estate Club site


Sandringham House


Sandringham Estate Club Site

Sandringham House is a country house in the parish of Sandringham, Norfolk, England. It is the private home of Queen Elizabeth II and was the location of the deaths of two monarchs: the Queen's father, George VI and her grandfather, George V. The house stands within a 20,000-acre (8,100 ha) estate in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The site has been occupied since Elizabethan times when a large manor was constructed. This was replaced in 1771 by a Georgian mansion for the owners, the Hoste-Henleys. In 1836 Sandringham was bought by John Motteux, a London merchant, who also owned property at Beachamwell in Norfolk and in Surrey. Motteux had no direct heir, and on his death in 1843, his entire estate was left to Charles Spencer Cowper, the third son of Motteux's close friend Lady Cowper. Cowper sold the Norfolk and the Surrey estates and embarked on a rebuilding at Sandringham, using the architect Samuel Sanders Teulon. Cowper led an extravagant life and by the early 1860s the estate was mortgaged for £89,000 and Cowper and his wife spent most of their time in Paris, following the death of their only child.