06 Jun '11, 1am

Middleton family home sold at auction

Middleton family home sold at auction

LONDON: The childhood home of Prince William's wife Catherine was sold at auction on Friday to a local couple of teachers for £485,000. (US$795,000, 545,000 euros). West View, the four-bedroomed, detached house where the future royal bride grew up, is in the village of Bradfield Southend. It is near to Bucklebury, where the Middleton family now live, in Berkshire, west of London. Michael and Carole Middleton bought the red-brick Victorian home in 1979 when he was a pilot and she worked as a British Airways stewardess. They raised their three children -- Catherine, Pippa and James - there before selling it in 1995. The house retains many Victorian features and still has the outbuilding used as an office for Party Pieces, the Middleton family business. Teachers Emma Appleby, 35, and her partner Tom Wyatt bought the house for £10,000 below the guide price. "We've been looking...

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