Balmoral Castle in Scotland
Every summer Queen Elizabeth retreats to Balmoral Castle, her private estate in Scotland. The grounds are stunningly beautiful, with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the Scottish countryside. There are ranger-guided walks, guided tours of the house, and lots of freedom to hike, fish for salmon or play golf.
There are five 2-star and 3-star cottages, four of them open year-round. However, you probably won’t meet the Queen as the cottages are not always available during royal visits.
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The Sandringham Estate in Norfolk
Sandringham, in the eastern county of Norfolk, is where the Queen spends her Christmas holiday, along with other members of the royal family. Traditionally, they all walk to the nearby church on Christmas morning. This is a working estate, employing more than 200 people in activities like farming, forestry, gardening, apple pressing and working in the sawmill. If you love wildlife and outdoor living, this is the ideal destination for you, as the focus on sustainable management has allowed all kinds of species to grow and thrive.
The Garden Cottage was once occupied by the Head Gardener. It sleeps up to eight people, and overlooks the ornamental garden. Everything you need is provided, and prices start from around $1,145 per week. Princess Diana’s childhood home, Park House, was donated by the Queen as a hotel for disabled guests and their families.