Pippa Middleton & James Matthews might buy a large estate close to her parents
It’s been forever since we’ve had any kind of update on Pippa Middleton and Terrible Moderately Wealthy James Matthews! I actually kind of missed hearing about them. Pippa gave birth to their (as of yet) only child Arthur Michael William Matthews in October 2018. The family lives a quiet life in London these days, in a really nice townhouse. Pippa barely does any charity work or any kind of sporty activities (the kind she used to do before she got married). My guess is that Pippa is living Kate’s dream – a rich (or moderately wealthy) husband with zero work expectations. Pippa just gets to be a rich man’s wife and a stay-at-home mom. And now for the update: James and Pippa are looking to buy a little country estate:
An escape to the country might mean a little thatched cottage with roses over the door for most of us, but Pippa Middleton could soon be making a much grander move out of the city – to a 72-acre estate. Pippa and hedge-fund billionaire husband James Matthews are said to be close to buying the land which, handily, is just a stone’s throw from her parents’ £5 million mansion in idyllic Bucklebury, Berkshire.
The couple currently live in a £17 million six-bedroom home in London. The huge countryside site they are said to have their eye on is known as Bucklebury Farm Park and operates as a safari park and petting zoo. Originally on sale at £1.5 million, agents Knight Frank have confirmed it is under offer, but refused to comment further citing client confidentiality. A spokesman for James, 45, and Pippa, 37 – younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge – described the potential purchase as no more than a ‘business opportunity’ for Mr Matthews, denying the couple had any plans to move there.
But Bucklebury has been awash with speculation ever since Farm Park was put up for sale in October then suddenly withdrawn after less than a week. A villager living in neighbouring Stanford Dingley commented: ‘We heard that the site had been offered to the Middletons before it went on the market.’
And at Bucklebury’s interior design store, Lynda Tillotson said the rumours hadn’t just ‘come out of thin air’. ‘It makes sense that Pippa and James would want to be close. It’s the perfect location for them to build a family home,’ she added.
And it would no doubt delight the Middleton parents, Carole, 65, and Michael, 71, to have Pippa, James and their two-year-old son Arthur on their doorstep. The family home for their other grandchildren – Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and two-year-old Prince Louis – is 150 miles away in Norfolk. Current owner of Farm Park is Old Etonian Rupert Hartley-Russell, the son of Bucklebury’s Lord of the Manor, Willie Hartley-Russell. He declined to comment.
[From The Daily Mail]
I wonder if this is the property with the pot farm?? Probably not, especially since we never learned who owned the building/property where there was a large grow operation, and it was described as “nearby” or “adjacent to” Middleton Manor. I also just doubt that Pippa and James want to be that close to Carole and Mike Middleton. Carole clearly has a favorite daughter and it’s not Pippa, and I just can’t see TMW James wanting to be that close to his in-laws. Plus, his family already has an extensive estate in Scotland, right? Yeah – they own 10,000 acres in Scotland called Glen Affric. And they have that huge hotel in St. Bart’s. Maybe TMW James is financing the Middleton’s pot farm expansion…???
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