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Kate and Wills' holiday haven gets facelift


February 12, 2006
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Getting away for an intimate, romantic break when you're one of the most photographed young men in the world can be a bit tricky. Prince William is known to favour the remote Scottish Highlands as the perfect spot to whisk sweetheart Kate Middleton away for some R and R away in private.

Now a 120-year-old Scottish cottage has been given an £80,000 facelift so the young couple can use it as a bolthole during the royal family's annual holiday in August.

"William and his girlfriend spent ages looking around the place last year," revealed an insider. "Apparently they thought it would make a nice holiday home as the cottage they currently use never gets the sun. This house gets the sun all the year round."

Tucked away among pine trees on the Queen's estate, Balmoral, the rundown granite construction is having a second-floor extension added. The renovation will turn this former gamekeeper's home into a mini royal residence, complete with all mod cons including gas central heating, a new kitchen and a large, round bath that builders were seen installing a few days ago.

While the hideaway should offer Kate and Wills total seclusion from prying eyes, the pair won't be too far from their nearest neighbours as the house is only a two-minute walk from Charles' and Camilla's mansion, Birkhall.

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The Prince and his girlfriend of two years, Kate Middleton, have holidayed in Scotland on a number of occasions. In the past they have used a cottage left to William by the Queen Mother, but the current renovations are being undertaken on another property which offers more light
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Both cottages are located on the Queen's peaceful 50,000-acre estate of Balmoral, which has been a royal retreat since the time of Queen Victoria, who bought it in 1852Photo: © Getty Images

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