When Prince George turned one, the overjoyed grandfather Prince Charles got him a rather upmarket present.
Gifts from grandfathers are always great, be it if they are very expensive or very meaningful, grandparents always want the best for their grandchildren, and Prince Charles is no different.
So when Prince George turned one back in 2014, his grandfather got him a modest £18K Wendy house to play in, which was installed at Prince Charles’ home in Highgrove.
Seeing the hefty price tag, one might reckon that this playhouse isn’t your typical playhouse, and it sure does not impress. With a wood-burning stove and day bed, one can say that Prince George’s version is quite a bit more fancy and upmarket than the average.
The playhouse is installed in the garden of Prince Charles’ home Highgrove, ready for the young prince, eight, to play in with his sister Princess Charlotte, seven, and brother Prince Louis, four.
The Wendy house is a hand-built ‘shepherd’s hut’, a Victorian-style 12ft x 6ft playhouse. It can be seen by visitors in the 15-acre garden during one of the guided tours of Prince Charles’ Gloucestershire estate.
The gift was presented to Prince George for his birthday by the Dorset-based company Plankbridge, as a way of thanking the heir to the throne for funding they have received from the Prince’s Trust.
It is located near a wildflower meadow on the grounds, the perfect setting for outside playtime.
Richard Lee, a furniture designer, set up Plankbridge 15 years ago after being inspired by an ancient hut near Thomas Hardy’s cottage in Dorset.
The Cambridge family has always appreciated the outdoors, with them often playing in the treehouse that the Duke of Cambridge got when he had his seventh birthday.
The wooden hut on slate stilts was installed for Prince William back in 1989 and has been since then refurbished by Prince Charles for the grandchildren to play in.