Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn are just some of the illustrious guests who once enjoyed the hospitality of Shurland Hall near Eastchurch on the Isle of Sheppey.
Now completely and lavishly restored at the cost of millions of pounds, the stunning building offers a great hall, five huge bedrooms (several with ensuite); endless original features; six acres of walled garden; your own small lake, an immense barn… the building is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and of significant national importance.
As well as being a family home it could also become an ideal, exceptional venue for very, very smart weddings or for conferences, subject to planning. Shurland Hall is now ready to live in, but a keen historic-minded gardener could turn the lands surrounding this palace into a paradise. Shurland costs £1.8 million through Jackson Stops & Staff.
In Rochester, the trust has also restored a terrace of 1725, Grade II* houses in the Cathedral Close. Number 7, Minor Canon Row is the last remaining 2,400 sq ft five-bedroom house with elegant portico, endless original features, and a huge sunny garden. You can see the Cathedral from the front windows. This is the last house for sale in the row, with all the amenities of bustling Rochester moments away. Jackson Stops is asking in the region of £900,000.
For those on a much smaller budget, a rare and exciting opportunity to restore a large, listed 1830s property, formerly a naval police station, into a family home, has come up at Sheerness. In the dockyard, the elegant Regency building covers about 1,500 sq ft over two floors with a fine stone staircase and curling mahogany rail. The large rooms, used as offices, can be easily converted to domestic use since while neglected, the building is fundamentally sound. There is a sea view from upstairs.
The Spitalfields Trust, which has helped bring many historic London homes back into use, has also recently sold a largely abandoned terrace of beautiful Regency houses round the corner, so the new buyer will have a ready-made street of like-minded neighbours, busy restoring their own houses. There is a Tesco superstore a few minutes away, and communal outdoor space. Sheerness-on-Sea train station is nearby.
This is a quirky property but a wonderful challenge for someone who appreciates the romance of the active dockyard setting and the magic of being part of a group bringing these forgotten buildings back to life. The house costs £170,000. Email email@example.com.
* For Shurland Hall and Minor Canon Row, call Dawn Carritt at Jackson Stops & Staff on 020 7664 6646.
* For the Old Police Station at Sheerness email firstname.lastname@example.org.