York Cottage

York Cottage
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Former names Bachelors' Cottage
General information
Town or city Sandringham Estate, Norfolk
Country United Kingdom
Current tenants Sandringham offices
Owner Elizabeth II

York Cottage is a house in the grounds of Sandringham House in Norfolk, England.[1]


The cottage was originally called the Bachelor's Cottage, and built as an overflow residence for Sandringham House.[2]

In 1893, it was given by the future King Edward VII, then the Prince of Wales, as a wedding gift to his son Prince George, the Duke of York (later King George V),[1] who lived there with his wife, the future Queen Mary, after their marriage.[3] The couple lived there for 33 years until the death of Queen Alexandra in 1925;[4] their five youngest children were born there.[1]

George V loved York Cottage, which is said to resemble "three Merrie England pubs joined together." He furnished it himself with furniture purchased from Maple & Co. furniture store. “Too large and too full of footmen to be unremarkable in Surbiton or Upper Norwood, York Cottage in its own context is a monument to the eccentricity of the family who lived there,” Lady Donaldson wrote of the cottage.[4]

Today, York Cottage is the estate office for Sandringham; holiday accommodation and flats for estate employees also occupy part of the building.[4]

Coordinates: 52°49′35″N 0°30′58″E / 52.8263°N 0.5162°E / 52.8263; 0.5162


  1. ^ a b c "Norfolk Coast". Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  2. ^ Duke of Windsor (8 December 1947). "A Royal Boyhood". Life Magazine: 118. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  3. ^ "York Cottage". Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Strong, Sir Roy (2 April 2013). "A home fit to make Royal family history". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 31 March 2015.