Sophie Wessex's childhood home tipped as perfect Christmas stay amid Queen’s ...

SOPHIE, Countess of Wessex's former Kent home has been tipped as the perfect Christmas retreat, as the royal is set to be one of the few to join Queen Elizabeth II over Christmas.

PUBLISHED: 05:18, Wed, Dec 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 05:18, Wed, Dec 2, 2020

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Sophie grew up on Homestead Farmhouse in Brenchley, Kent, before marrying Prince Edward in 1999. Now the royal couple live in Bagshot Park in Surrey, but Sophie’s childhood home has been praised as the ideal Christmas retreat. Sophie and Edward are expected to be one of two households to join the Queen and Prince Philips Christmas bubble this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.


A HELLO! Magazine report detailed Homestead Farmhouse, and hailed the Grade-II listed building.

Sophie’s parents, Christopher and Mary Rhys-Jones, sold the property in 2001 for £600,000 with estate agents suggesting it is now worth around a massive £1 million.

The 17th century farmhouse hosts four bedrooms inside, and sports thatched roofs.

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Reports at the time of Sophie and Edward’s engagement claimed property value in Brenchley surged by an average of 171 percent.

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The report follows the Queen and Philip having to curb their annual Christmas traditions over coronavirus restrictions.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued guidelines last week that state three households can mix from December 23 to December 27.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman confirmed the monarch will be having a quiet holiday in Windsor Castle, snubbing Sandringham Estate for the first time in 33 years.

She added: “Having considered all the appropriate advice, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have decided that this year they will spend Christmas quietly in Windsor.”

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