|Royal Sandringham Norfolk|
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Sandringham is the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen, and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862.
The house, set in 24 hectares of stunning gardens, is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk and is at the heart of the 8,000-hectare Sandringham Estate, 240 hectares of which make up the woodland and heath of the Country Park, open to the public free of charge every day of the year.
"Dear old Sandringham, the place I love better than anywhere in the world." (King George V) The Estate is a thriving mixed landscape, including the tidal mudflats of the Wash, woodland and wetland, arable, livestock and fruit farms, and commercial and residential properties; it is managed to a high standard and sustainably with the aims always of being financially self-sufficient and of providing a place of enjoyment not only for The Royal Family but also for the many thousands of visitors who come to see the House, Museum and Gardens or just to enjoy the Country Park.
In the spring of 1862 Sandringham house with its estate of 7000 acres was bought from the Hon. Charles Spencer Cowper for £220,000 as a country home for Albert Edward Prince of Wales, who had just turned 21, he moved in with his new wife Princess Alexandra of Denmark in March 1863.
It soon became evident that the old Sandringham Hall was too cramped for the Prince's growing family and was almost entirely demolished to make way for a new house which was completed in 1870.