Inside Zara and Mike Tindall’s incredible home as they do interview from open-plan kitchen

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Zara and Mike Tindall have offered a glimpse into their family home on Princess Anne’s Gatcombe estate. 

In a new video shared by William Hill on YouTube, the King’s niece, 41, and her rugby ace husband, 44, chatted about their careers and love of horse-racing from a stunning open-plan kitchen area. 

The couple moved onto the 700 acre estate in Gloucestershire in 2013, and have since welcomed three children in their home, Mia , Lena and Lucas. 

The estate plays home to several members of the royal family, including Zara’s brother Peter Phillips, 45, his former partner Autumn, 41, and their children Savannah, 12, and Isla, 11, who live at Aston Farm, and Princess Anne, 72, who lives in the main manor house. 

Interior designer Benji Lewis told FEMAIL: ‘ This is a fabulous room – with beautiful high ceilings – bathed in natural light from both sides

Zara, 41, and Mike Tindall, 44, have offered a glimpse into their family home on Princess Anne's Gatcombe estate (pictured, 1.Industrial style furniture 2.Trendy leather chairs 3.Modern home tech 4.Wooden panelled door 5.Navy kitchen 6.Ancient Wooden beams 7.Cooper overhead lighting 8.Huge marble table 9.Cathedral candles 10.Doors out to garden 11.Exposed stone 12.Tapestry artwork 13.Wooden sideboard 14.Enormous TV 15.Modern fireplace 16.Trendy wooden entertainment unit)

Zara, 41, and Mike Tindall, 44, have offered a glimpse into their family home on Princess Anne’s Gatcombe estate (pictured, 1.Industrial style furniture 2.Trendy leather chairs 3.Modern home tech 4.Wooden panelled door 5.Navy kitchen 6.Ancient Wooden beams 7.Cooper overhead lighting 8.Huge marble table 9.Cathedral candles 10.Doors out to garden 11.Exposed stone 12.Tapestry artwork 13.Wooden sideboard 14.Enormous TV 15.Modern fireplace 16.Trendy wooden entertainment unit)

The couple couple moved onto Princess Anne's 700 acre Gatcombe estate in Gloucestershire in 2013 (pictured, the main house)

The couple couple moved onto Princess Anne’s 700 acre Gatcombe estate in Gloucestershire in 2013 (pictured, the main house) 

‘In spite of the rustic barn conversion feel that the space has, the super size telly with sound bar has been slickly and beautifully housed in bespoke cabinetry’

‘Interestingly and sensibly they’ve chosen light honey coloured parquet de Versailles timber boards to use on the floor.

‘A wise choice given that the room could feel echoey and chilly if a hard material like slate or limestone had been used – acoustically the timber will provide some softening in what could otherwise be somewhere clattery

‘The honey tones in the parquet make the room feel light and bring a slightly grand sense to the space.

‘Of course timber is a more forgiving surface to walk on too, great if you spend hours working in the kitchen.’

Jo Threlfall, PR Brand Manager at Embryo, told FEMAIL the home was the perfect blend between cosy barn and modern home.  

She explained: ‘I love how this kitchen captures the character of the home.

‘I like how the modern choices of interior design really compliment the barn-like features of the home. 

‘From the blue cabinets, metallic statement lights, creative cabinetry, and statement block draws, the mixture of wood tones and the navy blue colour really work well together to give the space comfort and an artistic touch. 

‘I also like how the black accents on the home color coordinates with the furniture in the kitchen. 

‘Other home touches that look pretty are the decorative touches on the island as these colour coordinate with the couple’s art piece on the wall and go wonderful with the choice of wood furnishings.’

1. Industrial style furniture

The couple were joined in their home by an interviewer, with the group sitting on trendy leather chairs around a dark wooden coffee table

The couple were joined in their home by an interviewer, with the group sitting on trendy leather chairs around a dark wooden coffee table  

The couple were joined in their home by an interviewer, with the group sitting around a dark wooden coffee table.

The industrial style of furnishing is very trendy, and popular amongst members of the royal family – including Meghan Markle.

Mark Wilman, Director of Where Saints Go, explained: ‘Zara and Mike’s kitchen looks very industrial chic, combining elements of industrial design with a modern and sophisticated aesthetic.’

2. Trendy leather chairs

During the interview, Mike and Zara, as well as the interviewer, are seated on a set of black leather chairs.

There are also a number of similar chairs behind them around a dining table, as well as two further chairs stored to the right of the kitchen against a wall.

The quantity of chairs perhaps indicate the social nature in which the Tindalls live. 

Not only do they have three young children, but they also live close to Zara’s brother Peter Philips, and his children Savannah and Isla. 

The families are extremely close, and it appears likely they regularly would meet up for play-dates and shared child care. 

Benji explained: ‘I like the inclusion of the contemporary black steel and leather dining armchairs

‘Leather will offer a practical wipe down solution for spills and sitting in a chair with arms is super comfy for enjoying long meals at a kitchen table.

‘By using oak as the finish on the chunky modern dining table they’re keeping the rustic theme going but the black leather chairs prevent things toppling into a cliched country look.’

3. Modern home tech

On the far wall behind Mike, a small light up panel is visible against the dark green panelling (left)

On the far wall behind Mike, a small light up panel is visible against the dark green panelling (left)

On the far wall behind Mike, a small light up panel is visible against the dark green panelling.

It appears to be some kind of modern home technology, although it is not clear as to what the panel controls.

Similar panels can be installed into homes to operate lighting, as well as a heating or security system.

4. Wooden panelled door 

At the back of the kitchen, close to the counters and cabinets, is a wall of dark green panelling.

It appears to feature a door, which is cleverly concealed in the space. While it is not clear where this door leads to, it could perhaps contain a larger cupboard space for the Tindall family. 

It may be that the family have a larger pantry within the space, or it could lead to another part of the family home. 

Benji said: ‘The unpainted natural timber finish of the cabinetry works in perfect harmony with the rustic bare stone walls and old beams.

‘Similarly the vertical panelling on the dark green/grey painted tall kitchen cabinetry units not only echoes the lines on the tv cabinetry but plays again to the idea of suggesting height in the room.’

5. Trendy navy kitchen

One carefully chosen, and trendy touch, are the modern navy style cupboards and drawers throughout the kitchen (pictured)

One carefully chosen, and trendy touch, are the modern navy style cupboards and drawers throughout the kitchen (pictured) 

One carefully chosen, and trendy touch, are the modern navy style cupboards and drawers throughout the kitchen.

The fittings are in keeping with the modern yet country style the couple have decorated the space in, making the home feel relaxed, and also congruous with its countryside location.

There are also dark green tiles acting as a splash back on the far wall behind the kitchen. 

There also appears to be an island in front of the countertops, which could provide the family an area to gather as well as further cooking space. 

Mark said the shade ‘worked perfectly with the overall dramatic interior scheme, creating an inviting and comforting feel that is ideal for the heart of the home.’

Meanwhile the expert also said the open-plan nature of the kitchen was both practical and stylish. 

Mark explained: ‘Keeping the kitchen open plan not only keeps it modern and maximises space for a family but the choice of fixtures, luxe fittings with practical furniture accentuate the royal couple’s personal style and personalities as a down to earth, solid couple with their feet firmly on the ground.’ 

6. Ancient wooden beams

In photographs previously shared by the couple, they can be seen standing in the grounds of their home, with a rustic-looking farmhouse featuring trendy muted green woodwork in the background. 

And it appears they have maintained a number of original features from the farmhouse within their home.  

In a stylish and thoughtful move, the couple have chosen to leave the wooden beams in their home exposed. 

The ancient beams can be seen running across the width of their kitchen. 

Mark explained: ‘From the image we can see the exposed brick and woodwork celebrating the existing property features giving the room a sense of individuality.

‘Mixing those raw materials like concrete, exposed oak beams, stone walls with sleek modern metal accents and kitchen cabinets in dark, luxurious colours all add to an uber-cool royalty vibe.’

7. Copper overhead lighting

The open plan living space in the couple’s home appears to be bright and airy – with overhead lighting likely to be illuminating the space.

However the couple also have a number of feature lights in the space. 

Over what appears to be a kitchen island, the couple have two overhanging copper lights.

These large shades also perfectly match a copper tap, which can be seen just behind Mike in the interview. 

Mark explained: ‘The industrial-style lighting makes a big impact on the ambiance of the kitchen with the oversized copper lampshades adding a touch of warmth. 

‘This warmth also contrasts well against the rich dark blue of the kitchen woodwork- which looks to me like Farrow & Ball Hague Blue.’

Meanwhile Benji added: ‘It looks like they’ve used dark bronzed, smoked or antiqued glass as the kitchen backsplash which cleverly bounces a bit of reflected light into what could be a dark spot

‘The huge polished copper pendant lights over the kitchen space are great for enhancing the country chic feel that the room has.’

8. Huge marble table

In the centre of the room, between Zara and Mike, a large marble table can be seen, offering a place for the family to come together and dine

In the centre of the room, between Zara and Mike, a large marble table can be seen, offering a place for the family to come together and dine 

In the centre of the room, between Zara and Mike, a large marble table can be seen.

This statement piece appears to form the centre-piece of the room, and acts as a true heart-of-the-home for the family-of five.

With three children, as well as Zara’s brother’s family and mother living on the estate, it’s likely the couple are regular entertainers around the huge table. 

Meanwhile it could also offer a perfect location for youngsters Mia and Lena to do their homework at the end of the school day. 

9. Cathedral candles

The couple’s enormous marble table has also been decorated with a set of three blue cathedral candles. 

The candles appear to have been burned down significantly, perhaps during dinner parties or evening meals with the children.

And with three children, the Tindalls have also ensured the candles are totally safe for the young family – keeping the larger candles within a glass casing.

Meanwhile there are also a number of smaller candles on the table as well.  

10. Doors out to garden

To the right hand side of the room are double doors leading to the garden, as well as a sideboard which appears to offer storage to the family

To the right hand side of the room are double doors leading to the garden, as well as a sideboard which appears to offer storage to the family 

At the back of the room, there appear to be double doors leading out to a garden.

Through the doors, a large hedge can be seen, behind which appears to be another property. 

Benji explained: ‘Clearly unbothered by being overlooked there are no curtains hanging at the modern doors to the outside.’

In April 2020, Mike posted a short video on his Instagram story revealing a huge lawn while Mia and Lena played in the background with their cousins Isla and Savannah.  

Mike shared a glimpse at an enormous garden on the estate while taking part in the 26 ball tap challenge yesterday to raise money for the Ruth Strauss Foundation, which raises money to fight against lung cancer. 

He posted a video on his Instagram page while Mia and Lena could be heard running around playing, with one of the children shouting: ‘Come on Isla.’

11. Exposed stone

One of the most noticeable things about the Tindall kitchen, is the relaxed, calming feel.

This is partly achieved thanks to the relaxed exposed brick-work which the couple have chosen to leave bare in the space.

12. Tapestry artwork

While much of the decorating within the space has been kept to a minimum, Mike and Zara did have one piece of artwork on show.

Above a sideboard in the kitchen appeared to be a green and blue tapestry. 

While it’s not possible to identify exactly what the tapestry is, the artwork appears to give perfect balance to the sleek and modern kitchen. 

Benji said: ”Dipping into an industrial vibe they’ve cleverly included the antique timber sideboard with the art hung above it playing to the sizeable proportions in the room.’ 

13. Wooden sideboard

In the dining area of the room, the couple also have a large wooden sideboard. 

It appears to be an older  piece, with a number of drawers and a cupboard for storage.

On top of the sideboard are two further cathedral candles, which perhaps the couple light when they are entertaining family or friends. 

14. Enormous TV

To the right of the couple, against the wall, is an enormous TV mounted into an entertainment unit, as well as what appears to be a built in modern fireplace

To the right of the couple, against the wall, is an enormous TV mounted into an entertainment unit, as well as what appears to be a built in modern fireplace 

To the right of the couple, against the wall, is an enormous TV mounted into an entertainment unit. 

It’s likely a space where Zara and Mike gather friends and family in order to watch some of their favourite sports on a huge screen.

While Zara is an Olympic equestrian, who is likely to tune into horse racing at home, Mike is a former rugby ace who will no doubt enjoy watching England playing on the big screen. 

15. Modern fireplace

Beneath the TV, built into the entertainment unit, is a smaller black unit. 

This could be a number of things, but it is possibly it is a modern ethanol fireplace.

The fireplace would create a cosy atmosphere for the family to enjoy, as well as adding warmth to the large open plan space.  

16. Trendy wooden entertainment unit

Perhaps one of the most modern additions to the room is the large entertainment unit which encases the TV and fireplace.

It features light brown wooden panels, which run vertically from the floor to the ceiling of the room.

Benji said: ‘The vertical lines on the cabinetry cleverly add to a sense of height in the room

‘Clearly keen on clarity when they watch the telly with this supersized model, pixel definition will be the best whilst the scale of the screen works brilliantly for the space.’

Gatcombe is located in the heart of the Cotswolds, and is just a few miles away from Highgrove, Prince Charles’ home in nearby Tetbury.

The Queen bought the Grade II-listed manor house for her only daughter and her then husband Captain Mark Phillips as a wedding present, and the couple moved in 1977 – and raised their two children, Peter and Zara, on the estate.  

The main manor house boasts five main bedrooms, four secondary bedrooms, four reception rooms, a library, a billiard room, and a conservatory. 

It’s not the first time that Mike and Zara have shared a glimpse inside the rustic Gloucestershire home.

In March 2020, Mike posted a video of himself sitting in his home office while participating in a video chat for the Joe’s house of Rugby podcast.

The spacious room featured wooden cabinets and shelving displaying a selection of framed photos, including one of the couple’s pet dogs and what appeared to be portraits of their two daughters. 

Meanwhile other sentimental objects appeared to also be on display in the room, including a selection of golf balls,  as well as what appear to be several medal cases. 

On another occasion, Mike shared a cosy corner of his home as he snuggled down in a large red chair. 

In another snap, he revealed the property’s rustic and neutral colour scheme, sharing a corner of their home with cream painted walls, muted green storage and stone flooring.

In June 2018, Stroud District Council granted permission for a two-storey extension to a lodge within the grounds of Gatcombe.

Documents lodged with the council reveal plans to install a kitchen and a bathroom at the lodge, and to replace the existing lean-to conservatory with a new and improved version. 

It is not known what the property was used for, but it was designated as a single use dwelling in council documents. 


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