Cambridge Homes

Cambridge Homes: Bodorgan Home Farm

 

Let’s restart the ‘Cambridge Homes’ series here on Tea Time The Cambridges by taking a look at The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s home while they lived in Wales, Bodorgan Home Farm!

 

The Building:

Bodorgan Home Farm is a 4-bedroom home located on the Bodorgan estate which is owned by Sir George Meyrick and Lady Jean Tapps Gervis Meyrick. William and Catherine did not live in the main mansion but in a cottage on the property. Below the main house is circled in red while the Farmhouse is circled in yellow:

 

William and Kate were renting the home for about £750 a month but the rent has likely gone up since they moved out! There isn’t much detail about the interior of the home other than it has 4-bedrooms, 2-bathrooms, a living room, and a Kitchen. An insider told told E! News that “the house is actually two houses stuck together, there are two staircases—one in the center of the first house and upstairs there are two bedrooms in the first house and two in the second house, so it’s a four-bedroom house now they’ve been pulled together”. Below is a picture of the dining room and it is the only interior picture of the home!

 

Surrounding the house is a bunch of smaller outhouses which were used as sleeping quarters for the security guards. Circled in yellow is William and Kate’s home and you can see the outhouses:

 

 

The History

Bodorgan Home Farm is,  like I mentioned, located on the Bodorgan Estate owned by Sir George Meyrick and Lady Jean Tapps Gervis Meyrick. The estae is the “seat of the Meyricks and the largest estate on Isle of Anglesey”. From its Wiki page; “The estate contains woodland, terraced and walled kitchen gardens, a large circular dovecote, lawn and a deer park. The house was completed between 1779–82, and significant additions were made in the mid nineteenth century”. The main home on the estate is called Bodorgan Hall pictured below:

 

 

Cambridges at Home

In early 2010, Prince William was stationed in Anglesey as he began to train for the Royal Air Force and his then-girlfriend Catherine Middleton moved in with him, which at the time some people found “scandalous”. In Angelsey, William was training to fly the Sea King search and rescue helicopter and began the training in January 2010 until September 2010 where he then began working at the RAF Valley.

 

Catherine moved in with William a few months after he moved to the Isle. She at the time was working for her parents company as a website designer, photographer, and relationships manager so it was easy for her to work away from her parents home. Living in Anglesey provided the couple with the privacy they craved which they didn’t have when Kate was living in London! One of my all time favorite pre-wedding pictures of the couple is of them shopping in Angelesey in 2010:

 

William and Kate loved taking walks on the beach which is where we got some of my all time favorite photos of the couple! It was also the very first time we were all introduced to their fur baby, Lupo!

 

The couple would host their friends and family at their home and below Kate is pictured walking on the beach with her sister Pippa and behind them was William and Kate’s friend, Emilia and David Jardine-Patterson. Emilia is one of Kate’s best friends and in 2013 was made godmother to Prince George!

 

One of Kate’s very first engagements as Royal fiancee was to christen a lifeboat in Angelesey! A very cute moment when William remarked that after the wedding she would not only become a member of the family but also an “Anglesonian”!

 

While living in Wales, William and Kate had little to no staff working for them which means the cleaning, cooking, and shopping were part of their daily tasks and they loved it! Below Kate was pictured days after her wedding in 2011 since her and William did not go straight to their honeymoon (he had to work)!

 

After Prince George’s birth in July 2013, William and Kate decamped to the Middleton Family home in Buckelbury before William’s paternity leave came to an end and they returned to Angelsey for a few weeks. William attended one of his first engagements since the birth in Angelesey and was sort of a Farewell to their home of many years. He gave a speech where he said:

“This island has been our first home together, and will always be an immensely special place for us both. Catherine and I look forward to returning again and again over the coming years with our family…I know that I speak for Catherine when I say that I have never in my life known somewhere as beautiful and as welcoming as Anglesey. I know that both of us will miss it terribly when my search and rescue tour of duty comes to an end next month and we have to move elsewhere. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for making my wife and me so welcome when we arrived here, as you do thousands of visitors each year”.

 

 

William’s last farewell to the island came on August 30th, 2013. She wasn’t scheduled to but Kate joined him as she also wanted to say goodbye to her home for the last three years. It was also her very first engagement after Prince George was born a little over a month before!

 

They’ve returned to Angelesey *officially* once since then in February 2016. The Duchess of Cambridge talked about flying over the home they had an how it brought back so many memories for them!

 

I hope you all enjoyed this post and if you haven’t you can check the other posts in this series: Anmer Hall, Kensington Palace, and Balmoral!

 

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