Duchess of Cambridge's former home sells for £485,000

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The childhood home of the Duchess of Cambridge has been sold for £485,000 - £10,000 less than the guide price.

Teacher Emma Appleby and her partner, Tom Wyatt insisted the connection was not the reason they bought the house in Bradfield, Berkshire.

Ms Appleby said: "We both really loved it, we're delighted."

The late-Victorian four-bedroom house was home to the Middleton family from 1979 until 1995 when the future duchess was 12.

Auctioneers Dudley Singleton said there had been interest from abroad but the only bids came from people in the UK.

"The family were delighted to win," the auctioneer said.

"They wanted a bigger family home and fell in love with the place, rather than having any interest in its royal connections.

"They will be living there as their family home, it has not been bought as an investment.

"Just as I hoped it would be, it's a family home, just as it was for the Middletons."

He added that an oligarch had expressed interest but he was unable to get his affairs in order in time and failed to attend the auction.

The property features an outbuilding in the back garden which was converted by the Middletons and used as an office.

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