London castle

300-year-old castle minutes from central London for £2.75 million

A historic property built in 1718 by Sir John Vanbrugh – the architect behind Blenheim Palace, can be bought for £2.75 million. The castle is located by Maze Hill over-ground station, which is just minutes away from London Bridge.

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Unfortunately, buyers will not get full rein of the castle as the price includes a single wing of the building. However, it features everything for a luxurious lifestyle, including four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a 27ft roof terrace with views of the Shard. Although there is no moat, the castle is situated on 2.5 acres of manicured communal ground.

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Two separate spaces are available for parking – one for a motor vehicle and on for a horse and carriage. Vanbrugh Castle is set over four storeys as it restored and transformed into four separate apartments by the Blackheath Preservation Trust in 1977. The abode is on the doorstep of Greenwich Park, which boasts many local attractions including a child-friendly boating lake, tennis courts, the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory.

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The wing is ideal for a family that wants the comforts of living in the city with the added peace and seclusion of a property from a closed type as well as the appeal of living in a historic 18th century castle. It is furnished in keeping with its yesteryear appeal with heavy plush drapes, wooden king-size beds with carvings and original stone fireplaces. Some of the original flooring motifs have also been preserved. The roof boasts an ample terrace that overlooks the London skyline and part of the garden features a hedge maze.