Woolmers Park, a majestic 232-acre estate owned by Queen Elizabeth II, is on the market for approximately $43 million. But no price can come close to the sentimental value the Hertfordshire, England residence holds for the queen. Her grandparents once owned these country grounds where she shared countless childhood memories with her family, especially her late sister Princess Margaret.
Here, Her Royal Highness was gifted her first pony (a Shetland named “Peggy”) by her grandfather, King George V, at the age of four—which sparked her (and Princess Margaret’s) lifelong love for horses and equestrian sports. Close to London, the historic estate with the extensive royal and polo heritage is on the market for the first time since 1997.
The sprawling Woolmers Park estate includes a Georgian mansion, eight cottages, stables, equestrian and polo facilities (with indoor swimming pool), tennis courts, outdoor swimming pool, immaculately landscaped gardens, and hunting and fishing grounds—all privately fenced in over 70,000 square feet.
The main residence includes eight bedrooms (five en suite), eight bathrooms, a traditional kitchen with side sitting room, five reception rooms, a game room and a home theater. Also included are a two-bedroom staff quarters. Maximum privacy is guaranteed due to a “no public rights of way,” ordinance.
The estate has a rich polo and equestrian heritage, boasting indoor and outdoor fields year-round. Woolmers Park was once the residence of Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne in the 1920s. Arthur Lucas purchased the home in 1949 and established the Hertfordshire Polo Club, which revitalized polo in England. While attending the University of Cambridge, Prince Charles (heir apparent to Queen Elizabeth’s throne) played competitive polo here.