The house was originally a mid-nineteenth century farmhouse built by John Mitchell, who arranged Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales' theatre visits. The house was substantially altered for Princess Victoria, who moved there after the death in 1925 of her mother Queen Alexandra. Princess Victoria left Coppins to her nephew Prince George, the Duke of Kent, when she died in 1935. From then until it was sold in 1972 to Commander Eli Gottlieb, it was the home of two generations of the Kent family. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was a regular visitor to Coppins during school holidays while at Gordonstoun, 1937-9, and Dartmouth Naval College, 1939–40, and later when visiting with the Princess Elizabeth. Prince Michael of Kent was born there on 4 July 1942. In 1944, Princess Marina's first cousin George II of Greece, also stayed at Coppins.