The Duchess of Cambridge sure loves her tennis. As in willing-to-spend-$120,000-in-tennis-court-renos loves it. Yes, Kate and Prince William want to replace the tennis court at their country home, Anmer Hall – or, to be more specific, the royal couple’s plans involve moving the current court 36 feet “in order to improve the view,” according to the Daily Mail.
But that’s the short version.
According to documents posted on the King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council website, Will and Kate have applied for planning permission to demolish an existing court and build a new, fully fenced one with an artificial grass surface. That’s just part of a complete overhaul of the nearly nine-acre property, a project which will include knocking down existing trees and a hedge and planting new ones (partly for privacy reasons), adding fruit and vegetable gardens, relocating the swimming pool and rerouting a driveway.
Add all that to the new roof that was recently installed, the new conservatory and the estate’s outer houses, which were recently converted for staff members , and the reno has been and will continue to be a massive undertaking. They’ve already spent two years and close to $5 million; what’s a little more?
A spokesman says no public money is being spent on the project, and that the current court needed extensive resurfacing work, so the Cambridges were advised to start again. And while a ping-pong table would be way cheaper, an old tennis court is probably super annoying for two avid players such as Kate and Will. So, not only will their grounds boast a perfect tennis court and lush organic gardens, but also a beautiful lawn fit for croquet and a new fantastical swimming pool, too.