The 47-year-old star – who has Felicity, five, and seven-year-old twins Leo and Penelope with wife Christine – admits that his children lead a completely different lifestyle to what he experienced during his own childhood.
He said: “When we were getting this house done, we used to drive up and let them look from outside.
“The first thing my daughter says is, ‘Where’s the swimming pool?’ I was like, ‘Is that a normal question to ask someone?’
“This is so far removed from my childhood, and she said it’s just normal, totally normal, ‘Where’s the housekeeper living, Daddy?'”
Paddy remembers being brought up with “double nothing”.
But the ‘Top Gear’ host admits his kids enjoy a very different lifestyle.
He told the Daily Star newspaper: “It’s mad, but that’s just how it is, I think it’s difficult when you’re brought up with like double nothing.
“You do have that thing in your head where they can have what they want but you don’t want them to be spoilt or just expecting things.”
Meanwhile, Paddy forgot his own wedding anniversary in 2020.
The TV star completely forgot about the landmark date, but Christine ultimately forgave him because she “couldn’t do life without laughter”, and the loved-up couple eventually celebrated the occasion with some red heart-shaped balloons and a tasty-looking cake.
Alongside a behind-the-scenes video of their celebrations, Christine wrote on Instagram: “Happy anniversary 13 years together, 9 years married!!! Even though you totally forgot.. again! You are forgiven because I couldn’t do life without laughter and you give me so much! Happy anniversary my love @mcguinness.paddy (sic)”
Prior to that, Christine revealed the coronavirus lockdown had actually helped to bring her and Paddy closer together.
She said: “If you’d have told me a few months ago, I’d have said ‘Absolutely not, you cannot put me in lockdown with him!’
“I would have thought we would have hated it, but we are getting on so well. I think it’s because this is the first time we are doing everything 50/50.
“The things we used to bicker about was mainly how much he would be away from home or if I wanted to work and couldn’t because he was away, it was like little things whereas now we’re both stay-at-home parents.”