Luxury flats in Aylesford with Tudor wine cellars

Preston Hall, a magnificent mansion in Kent, is ideal for commuters with an appetite for history.
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It comes with a Tudor tunnel Preston Hall, a magnificent mansion in Aylesford, Kent, is one for commuters with an appetite for history. It was the country residence of the Culpeper family whose members included Joyce Culpeper, mother of Catherine Howard, Henry VIII's fifth wife who was beheaded for adultery.

In Victorian times the house was rebuilt in the present Jacobean style by railway baron Edward Ladd Betts, and in the First World War it served as a hospital for traumatised soldiers. Later part of the NHS, it has lain empty since 2012, but meticulous restoration is returning the turreted property to its former glory, rescuing historic hammer-beamed ceilings, wood-panelled walls, stained-glass windows and coats of arms.

Developer Weston Homes is creating 36 luxury apartments, some with double-height mezzanine spaces, and is also bringing back into use the ancient hall's network of tunnels and wine cellars that date from Tudor times. A show home will be ready for viewing in January. Prices from £170,000. Call 01279 873333.

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