Pictured: Harry and Meghan’s £2.5m country bolthole where they entertain their friends – Daily Mail

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This is the first picture of the £2.5 million country hideaway the Duke and Duchess of Sussex use to host several A-list friends, including the likes of George and Amal Clooney and Serena Williams

The Cotswold farmhouse is a historic retreat in the Oxfordshire hills and is preferred by the couple to Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace.   

As well as their celebrity friends, Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland has also visited the farmhouse, which dates back to the 18th century and comes with four bedrooms. 

Harry and Meghan are believed to be keeping their country home, even after they move from Kensington to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor ahead of the birth of their first child this spring.  

Bolthole: Harry and Meghan's secret £2.5million Oxfordshire mansion where they entertain friends. It boasts four bedrooms and an outhouse with a further two bedrooms for guests 

Bolthole: Harry and Meghan's secret £2.5million Oxfordshire mansion where they entertain friends. It boasts four bedrooms and an outhouse with a further two bedrooms for guests 

Bolthole: Harry and Meghan’s secret £2.5million Oxfordshire mansion where they entertain friends. It boasts four bedrooms and an outhouse with a further two bedrooms for guests 

Huge renovations are needed at Frogmore Cottage to bolster security, which could cost the taxpayer as much as £5million and take some time. 

One of the bedrooms at their Oxfordshire home has been converted into a dressing room and the property also comes with a barn that has an ‘upper’ and ‘lower’ kitchen, as well as a sitting area with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Making it even more perfect for guests, the farmhouse also has a two-bedroom cottage in the grounds.  

There is also a large dining room and an outdoor seating area complete with patio heaters and perfect for a get-together.  

Harry and Meghan are believed to have started renting the property in early 2018, moving there before their wedding last year. They are pictured leaving their wedding reception at Frogmore House, Windsor on May 19 last year 

Harry and Meghan are believed to have started renting the property in early 2018, moving there before their wedding last year. They are pictured leaving their wedding reception at Frogmore House, Windsor on May 19 last year 

Harry and Meghan are believed to have started renting the property in early 2018, moving there before their wedding last year. They are pictured leaving their wedding reception at Frogmore House, Windsor on May 19 last year 

According to the Sun, a friend said: ‘It’s a fabulous place with stunning views and extraordinarily private.

‘It’s set in a small bowl of beautiful countryside so is not overlooked in any way.

‘Meghan adores the area. She and Harry love walking the dogs there, and they can entertain their friends in complete solitude.’ 

Priyanka Chopra and her husband Nick Jonas have also visited the property. 

George and Amal Clooney have both visited the Duke and Duchess at the farmhouse

George and Amal Clooney have both visited the Duke and Duchess at the farmhouse

Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian have also visited

Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian have also visited

George and Amal Clooney (left) have both visited the Duke and Duchess at the farmhouse, as have Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian (right). Meghan’s mother Doria is also believed to have stayed with them there 

They are believed to have started renting the property early in 2018, visiting it before their wedding. They currently have a two-year-lease on the farmhouse. 

The picture shows the farmhouse after renovation work was completed in 2011 and was published on a freely-accessible and public document. 

The couple have commissioned huge renovations to their new home at Frogmore Cottage, which sits in the grounds of Frogmore House and the larger Windsor Estate.

The main concern is security to protect the couple at the 19th-century property, with sources claiming there is currently ‘none at all’.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to move into Frogmore Cottage, in the grounds of the Windsor Estate, this spring ahead of the birth of their first child 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to move into Frogmore Cottage, in the grounds of the Windsor Estate, this spring ahead of the birth of their first child 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to move into Frogmore Cottage, in the grounds of the Windsor Estate, this spring ahead of the birth of their first child 

The Grade-II listed cottage is just 200 yards from the publicly accessible Long Walk at Windsor, triggering major concerns about the couple’s privacy.

Former royal protection officer Ken Wharfe told The Mirror: ‘The costs of building and security arrangements could balloon to £5million in the first year.

‘There is no protection at Frogmore, there is no one living there. There are costs of at least two or three private protection officers and to make sure the estate is policed adequately by Thames Valley Police.

‘There will have to be major reviews of the security surrounding that property, exposed on virtually every side.’  

The cottage has previously been used as rented accommodation for members of the royal staff and had fallen into disrepair, with major building work required before the couple move in.

A map shows the couple's new home in the grounds of the Windsor Estate in relation to nearby landmarks and public walkways. There are major concerns about security, with the cottage located just 200 yards away from the Long Walk  

A map shows the couple's new home in the grounds of the Windsor Estate in relation to nearby landmarks and public walkways. There are major concerns about security, with the cottage located just 200 yards away from the Long Walk  

A map shows the couple’s new home in the grounds of the Windsor Estate in relation to nearby landmarks and public walkways. There are major concerns about security, with the cottage located just 200 yards away from the Long Walk  

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