Queen’s beautiful home, which is one of her favorite houses – but she rarely spends time there

Craigowan Lodge, situated in the grounds of Balmoral Castle in Scotland, is believed to be one of the Queen’s favorite homes, but she only stays there a few days a year

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The Queen spends a few days at Craigowan Lodge each year before moving to Balmoral Castle

With an impressive property portfolio across the country, the Queen has her choice of great and beautiful homes.

But it’s apparently a stone house called Craigowan Lodge, set in the grounds of Balmoral Castle in Scotland, that’s one of her favourites.

The Queen has been known to spend her summer holidays in Balmoral, but often arrives before the end of the tourist season.

As a result, she remains at Craigowan Lodge for a few days before the royal household moves to the main castle when it is closed to visitors.

The cottage was frequently used by the Prince and Princess of Wales when they came to visit the Queen during summer.

The lodge is not open to the public and is now mainly used as accommodation for important guests when they are visiting.

The Prince and Princess of Wales often stayed at Craigowan Lodge when visiting the Queen in the summer


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Balmoral Castle is located in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It is close to the village of Crathie and 50 miles west of Aberdeen.

It was purchased by Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, from the Farquharson family in 1852. The original house was felt to be too small so the current Balmoral Castle was commissioned.

To combat her limited mobility, it was understood palace officials were looking to install a £20,000 wheelchair-accessible lift at Craigowan Lodge on the Balmoral Estate in Scotland earlier this year, allowing Her Majesty to spend more time there.

It is also believed that she will have installed a new security gate, a state-of-the-art intercom system and a set of news surveillance cameras at the huge property.

A source said: “For many years we have thought it would be the perfect place for the Queen to spend more time as she gets older. It’s one of her favorite places in the country.

A wheelchair-accessible lift was apparently installed at Balmoral Castle to make it easier for the Queen to stay there


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With the right elevator and now this new security, it can be sealed off effectively, allowing her to spend a lot more time there quietly in the late ’90s.”

Balmoral Castle is still privately owned and unlike other residences is not owned by the Crown. As the castle was originally purchased by Prince Albert for personal funds, the proceeds from the estate do not go to Parliament or the public purse.

The estate is still owned by the monarch but is administered by trustees under deeds of appointment and appointment.

The Queen’s granddaughter Princess Eugenie said: “It’s the most beautiful place in the world. I think grandma is happiest there. I think she really loves the Highlands.”

Speaking to ITV for the documentary ‘Our Queen At Ninety’, she added: “Walks, picnics, dogs – lots of dogs, there are always dogs – and people coming and going all the time. It’s a nice base for Grandma and Grandpa for us to come and see them up there where all you have is room to breathe and walk.

It seems Princess Eugenie isn’t the only Queen’s grandchild with interesting memories of Balmoral Castle.

Prince William recalled a time when the Queen was very angry with him and his cousin Peter Phillips when they were much younger.

During the documentary ‘The Queen at 90’, Prince William explained: “[Peter Phillips and I] chased around Zara, who was on a go-kart, and [we] managed to push Zara into a lamp post and the lamp post fell down almost crushing her.

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