From a fariytale palace to a former Victorian bakery, heres’s our pick of 10 tunning historic properties.
CHEYNE WALK, LONDON
Cheyne Walk is renowned for its famous residents, which over the years has included actors and rock royalty, however, less known is the fact that actual royalty used to live there during the Tudor era. This beautiful Grade II-Listed terrace house is of huge historical and architectural significance as it was built between 1759 to 1765 by Sir Hans Sloane, on the site of Henry VIII’s Manor House. Even more amazingly the old Manor House garden still exists and contains some Mulberry trees that are said to have been planted by Queen Elizabeth I. How’s that for history? And if that’s not enough to entice you, the beautiful views over Albert Bridge certainly will. Available through John D Wood & Co for £7.95m.
WEYCROFT HALL, AXMINSTER, DEVON
This beautiful Grade I-Listed property in Devon is steeped in history, making it a truly remarkable house and a real gem on the market. Built on a Roman occupation site, it’s owners can be traced back to 1050 and includes the Lord Mayor of London in 1603, more recently though it has been used as a place for religious retreats. The house also boasts some pretty spectacular period features, including a gabled three storey north east wing with corner buttresses, a square tower, mullion windows and a Great Hall – which incidentally would make the most perfect 21st century party room. Available through Strutt & Parker with offers in excess of £1.5m.
HARLEY HOUSE, MARYLEBONE
A true rags to riches story, Harley House, the Edwardian building, started with humble beginnings as a Catholic Institution for the poor housing Irish migrants. Since then it has come along way to become one of the most iconic blocks in Marylebone, being called home over the years to a number of big names in film and music, including Joan Collins, Mick Jagger and Sir Thomas Beecham. Situated on the third floor, the 2,521 sq/ft apartment available to buy has beautiful period features, such as ornate cornicing and leadlight windows. It’s also been decorated in neutral tones, making it an ideal fixer-upper. Available through Rescorp for £4.75m.
LA VERMONDE, AQUITAINE, FRANCE
Set within 125 acres of private woodland in Aquitaine, this vast 12th century four storey chateau really does take your breath away as it looks like a castle straight out of a fairytale- complete with a turret and surrounding woodland. Built when England’s Richard the Lionheart was also Duke of Aquitaine; according to folklore he stored the spoils of war in the vaults beneath the castle, which may once have doubled up as dungeons. But don’t worry, there this isn’t a dark dingy castle anymore as it’s been lovingly restored by renowned French architect, Gilles Saint Gilles. Seeing as France is so close, it would make an ideal holiday home, although it’s so magical you might just want to live there full-time. Available through Christie’s Real Estate for £4.465m.
RUSSELL HILL, PETERBOROUGH
This gorgeous rectory dates back to the 1620s and was used in the 1940s by the ladies of the land army, when women were replacing men working in agriculture during World War Two. The property has plenty of charm and character, with many great period features typical of its age, such as impressive ornate fireplaces, decorative plaster work, wood panelling and large mullion windows with shutters and window seats. The interior may need sprucing up but the property has amazing potential and would make the most perfect family home. There’s also a section of the house that’s currently being used as a holiday let, sleeping up to 10 people, which gives a good return. Available through Humberts for £1.95m.
CUBITT LODGE, BELGRAVIA
This property certainly wins the prize for the most modern historical property as it’s been given a full facelift. Cubitt Lodge, which originally formed the rear part of 3–4 Lyall Street was the former home and workshop of Belgravia’s leading master builder Thomas Cubitt, who is responsible for building most of Belgravia in the 19th century. In December 1855 Queen Victoria wrote in her diary: ‘I am been much grieved by the death of that excellent and worthy man, Mr. Thomas Cubitt… He is a real national loss.’ As you can imagine the property has some amazing historic features including high barrel ceilings and an original stove. But it also comes with lots of modern perks, including under floor heating, an IPad controlled audio and visual system and electric blinds. Available through Savills for £6.05m.
MEDMENHAM ABBEY, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
This idyllic riverside mansion has a somewhat unusual past as it was once the meeting place for a secret society. Francis Dashwood who was the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in the early 18th century set up the Brotherhood of the Knights of St Francis of Wycombe– also known as the Hellfire Club. His secret society had twenty-four members who were all high ranking in society and often had careers in politics, apparently the group used to dress in gowns and turbans and engage in acts of debauchery. Today though, the house has the perfect blend of old and new, with the house including a music room and library as well as a home cinema, spa and gym. Set in pretty grounds with immaculate box hedging the house enjoys magical views over a river. Available through Knight Frank for £10m.
PARKGATE HOUSE, BATTERSEA
In the Victorian era the industrial revolution meant big factories were built across London and today these converted factories are renowned for making splendid homes as they are often grand and imposing and have large spaces, high ceilings and large windows. This former Victorian bakery, located in the Battersea Creative District, is an excellent example of one and nearly 130 years later the beautiful building has been restored whilst retaining its Victorian charm and character. The stunning ground floor apartment that’s currently on the market is spacious and light and comes with a concierge and excellent security. It’s also been finished with the highest quality of materials, including marble bathrooms and a solid oak kitchen. Available through Strutt & Parker for £2.75m.
ALACE AT QUINTA DE SÃO SEBASTIÃO, LISBON, PORTUGAL
It doesn’t get much grander than this- an ornate palace in Lisbon. This magical property has perfectly maintained it’s heritage and history; it has beautiful painted ceilings, marble staircases and huge chandeliers, all reflecting on Lisbon’s glorious past. The rooms are large and spacious and the style of the interior is incredibly luxurious without seeming too fussy. Situated in the romantic city of Lisbon, this picturesque palace could be the ultimate holiday home as it also has a stunning garden and a swimming pool, making it the perfect place for the odd weekend away (it’s only a two and a half hour flight from London). Available through Engel & Völkers for £5.4m.
THE OLD VICARAGE
The Old Vicarage is located just a stone’s throw away from the River Thames and the well known London Apprentice Riverside Inn, which was patronised by eminent personalities such as Henry VIII, Charles I and Charles II. This beautiful and unique Victorian property has undergone a major renovation that’s so impressive it won the UK’s best renovation project at the International Property Awards. Inside the house, lots of twenty-first century contemporary features have been blended sympathetically with the lovely old original features, which has created an extremely stylish and desirable property that’s cleverly designed to impress and surprise while offering a wealth of character and style. Some of the impressive mod cons include a cinema and wine cellar, while the grand Victorian proportions means that the house still maintains in’s former splendour. Available through Hamptons International for £4.75m.
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