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Have you ever dreamed of living in a castle? Well now’s your chance as this 12th century Norman castle and Tudor manor house has just gone on the market.
Known as Wilton Castle on The Wye, the Grade I listed house is in the heart of the Wye Valley, home to the River Wye on the English/ Welsh border.
The lucky new owners will get the benefit of living in a comfortable house with the feel of living in a castle. This is because within the crumbling castle wall is a ‘skilfully restored’ five-bedroom Tudor manor house.
During the past 10 years, the house has been lovingly restored by the current owners, from a derelict ruin into a beautiful family residence surrounded by a curtain wall, a dry moat and spectacular grounds to boot.
And as if that wasn’t enough history, the house contains original features from the Elizabethan, Georgian and Victorian periods too.
But why was the castle built? Well, a Mott and Bailey castle was constructed to guard the river crossing on the English/Welsh border.
Over time, it was rebuilt with stone and a moat was installed which kept a battalion of soldiers safe for around 300 years. The castle originally had a gatehouse and five towers in the rampart walls. Three original towers remain and two more have been restored.
During the 16th century, sections of the castle walls were used to create a manor house, built in the same red sandstone as the castle, which was quarried from the moat. Sadly, much of the house was destroyed in the Civil War.
In 1731, Guys Hospital purchased the manor and castle and farmed the area for 230 years, before it became privately owned in 1961. Today, it’s used as a venue for weddings and musical functions.
Upon entering the building via a flagstone porch, a ‘z’ shaped reception hall with a winding staircase leads to the other floors.
Both the sitting room and drawing room feature large sash-windows with views into the Great Tower courtyard. A study with a Bath-stone fireplace and an oak-framed slate hearth, doubles up as a cloakroom.
Original features such as wooden sash windows with shutters, panelled doors, beams and bell-pulls remain throughout the house; a reminder of the rich history of the property.
Upstairs, breathtaking views of the ruins, the river and the town, Ross-on-Wye, can be seen from the windows in both the master bedroom and family bathroom.
Four further bedrooms, two more bathrooms and unique rooms such as a former chapel, bakery and walk-in pantry make up this impressive property. And you needn’t worry about getting cold, with radiators conveniently fitted throughout as well as several ornamental fireplaces.
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And the grounds are equally as impressive. Mainly set around the East and West sides of the castle, they lead towards the river and are dotted with trees and flowering shrubs. A manicured lawn to one side of the manor house has seating areas – perfect for admiring the view.
Aside from the fact that it’s a castle, another unique selling point of the property is the opportunity for the new owner to purchase the title of ‘Lord of Wilton Castle’ – just in case you didn’t already look the part.
For more information on this property, visit Rightmove.