It’s one of the biggest events of the year and it’s not even happening in the U.S. Britain’s royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton are getting married Friday, April 29 at 11 a.m. United Kingdom time. (For Americans, live coverage begins at 4 a.m. ET).
The couple will continue to live on the Welsh island of Anglesey where William is a search and rescue pilot and they will eventually move to a six-bedroom home at Harewood Park in Herefordshire, commissioned to be built by Prince Charles, according to the UK paper The Daily Mail. While in London, they have access to an apartment at the Clarence House, the official London residence of The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, and Princes William and Harry.
To get in the spirit, we found some U.S. homes that are fit for royalty. While we couldn’t find any manors built in the 1600s, we did find a few English-style estates with amenities that would remind the couple of their home across the pond, if they ever chose to move here.
190 North St. Greenwich, CT
For Sale: $14,750,000
Our first stop for British-style estates is Greenwich, CT where wealth and history abound in mansions situated among sprawling English gardens. The median Greenwich home price is $1,097,600 — which is far more affordable in British pounds, considering that the current exchange rate (as of this writing) is $1 to £0.60.
This 11,800-sq ft Tudor-style estate was built in 1929 and sits on 3.5 acres complete with a walled garden and carriage house. The 19-room manor has antique parquet, marble and limestone floors, and includes an English oak library, breakfast room, and butler’s pantry. The master wing has a sitting room, fireplace, his and her dressing rooms and marble baths.
(undisclosed address) Greenwich, CT
For Sale: $9,850,000
This 1932 English manor is at an undisclosed address and sits in the private Belle Haven neighborhood — perfect for the media-mobbed royal couple. The 5-bedroom, 5.5-bath home on the Greenwich real estate market underwent recent expansion and updates while retaining its classic look. Included on the 1.5-acre property is a tennis court, pool house, “romantic gardens” and patios. Inside, an English conservatory and library, gourmet kitchen, butler’s pantry, and breakfast room round out the estate.
2 Old Mill Lane Media, PA
For Sale: $4,250,000
Built in 1862, this English-style manor has only been on the Rose Valley real estate market for a month. The 3.5-acre estate includes four restored buildings: grand manor house, water tower, bank barn and cottage home. The central manor house was expanded in 1904 and was completely updated and restored in 2008; it is now billed as “finest English Arts and Crafts house in America.” William would feel right at home in the property’s cottage, built to resemble a British hunting lodge. Both should feel comfortable here as the home is located in the small historic borough of Rose Valley, population 984.
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1 Troutbeck Lane Amenia, NY
For Sale: $9,950,000
This piece of Amenia real estate was a historic family manor converted into a country inn. Most likely the royal couple won’t be renting rooms out to strangers, but could use the 18 bedrooms to house the large extended Royal family. Built in 1890, the stone home retains much of its original turn-of-the-century character and includes 45 “park-like” acres complete with a stream.
605 Elm Street Walpole, MA
For Sale: $3,900,000
This 1920s estate is billed as a “classic English manor” filled with “timeless elegance.” There’s enough room for the new Royal couple as well as the Queen Mother and her pack of Welsh Corgis on the nine acres of gardens and woods. The piece of Walpole real estate was built for entertaining with a large formal dining room, multiple sitting rooms and mahogany library. The grounds include a 3-bedroom carriage guest house as well as a putting green.
2625 Monument Ave Richmond, VA
For Sale: $1,995,00
This brick home is reminiscent of London than the other stately properties but still holds enough period details to make any royal feel at home. The 6,050-sq ft piece of Richmond real estate has 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms and includes a small carriage house that contains 1,271 sq ft and has two bedrooms. The main house has four fireplaces, French doors leading to several porches and a private, walled English garden, perfect for afternoon tea.
230 Conanicus Ave Jamestown, RI
For Sale: $1,199,000
How do you make a Colonial mansion stand out on the Jamestown real estate market? Add a full British pub into the home, of course. This property not only includes six bedrooms, six bathrooms, but a full British pub in its guest cottage, complete with bar, bar stools and plenty of pints and chips. Other amenities on the one-acre+ property include a gourmet kitchen, and outdoor gazebo and pond, putting the home well above the median Jamestown home value of $433,000.