Stately home up for sale between Sellindge and Braebourne Lees
This stunning mansion
really is fit for royalty - it used to belong to both Henry VIII
and Elizabeth I. Pictures: SWNS
A stunning stately home which used to belong to Henry VIII
and Elizabeth I is up for sale - with a price tag of almost £5
Horton Priory, between Sellindge and Brabourne Lees, is an
11-bedroom house that was built in the early 1100s.
The property, located off the Folkestone-bound A20, is one of
the UK’s oldest homes, boasting an incredible ownership pedigree
truly fit for royalty.
The house was originally owned by Henry I before being run as a
Clunaic monastery until the 1500s.
The kitchen looks a
little different from when Henry VIII owned the mansion
But then Henry VIII seized ownership following the dissolution
of the monasteries.
The mansion later went into the hands of the infamous King’s
daughter, Queen Elizabeth, before it was passed onto the Mantell
family in 1570, where it stayed for some 300 years.
In 1913 John Jameson Cairnes and his wife Annabel Winslow, a
Boston family descended from one of the Pilgrim Fathers, bought
The buildings were substantially remodelled and extended with
the help of George Hornblower, a noted country house architect and
well known proponent of the arts and crafts movement.
Horton Priory, which has 55-acres of land, has more recently
undergone an extensive restoration under the guidance of English
Heritage and overseen by its current owners.
A grand room at the
It has now been put onto the market with Savills by the family,
who are looking to downsize, with a £4.95 million price-tag.
Will Peppitt, a director in Savills country department, said:
“There are not many houses which have been owned by three
“It is a wonderful home and not many date back as far as the
“Its charm and value is that it is an imposing stately home but
it is also a beautiful family property too.
“Horton Priory has only been on the market for a week and three
people have seen it, with two already very interested.
“The people who want a home like this appreciate it as a
fascinating piece of architecture. It really is in the premier
league of properties.”
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