This is the earliest picture of Highgrove that I could find from the 'Prince Charles era'. When Prince Charles purchased the house in 1980, it increased speculation that he was preparing to settle down (and indeed, his marriage to Diana took place in February of 1981). Based on the aerial photograph of Highgrove, it appears that only one side has a driveway entrance - note the design of the facade of the house, with its limestone portico. (image source)
According to Wikipedia, Prince Charles embellished the plain exterior of the building in the late 1980s by adding a new balustrade, pediment, and classical pilasters of Prince Charles' own design. I am guessing that this image (showing Prince William and Prince Harry at least a decade older) was after the front of the house was transformed. The new pediment makes the three levels of the house relate to one another, and the front door seems more approachable and friendly. The addition of the greenery also softens the look of the house. (image source)
|The wild garden area changes appearance all year long. Image source|
|An allee of trees leads to the side view of the house. Image via http://www.flickr.com/photos/britishmonarchy|
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