Property of the Day: Preston Hall, Aylesford

Beautifully designed apartments within a historic Grade II-listed mansion

THE PROPERTY: The Victorian is a newly launched two-bedroom show apartment at the Grade II-listed Kentish property of Preston Hall. The historic building, which dates back to 1102 and was the country residence of the Culpeper family, relatives of the Dukes of Norfolk, for more than four centuries – has been redeveloped to comprise 36 luxurious one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom residences

THE LOCATION: Preston Hall is situated in Aylesford, a village on the river Medway in Kent, just a few miles north-west of Maidstone

THE INTERIOR: The show apartment is replete with historical features, most notably a hidden staircase that Catherine Howard, King Henry VIII’s fifth wife, is believed to have used to conduct her illicit love affair with the courtier. The decor is sumptuous, with luxurious fabrics and a regal colour scheme; other period features include ornate fretwork and beautiful mullioned windows

WHY WE LOVE IT: Combining historic character with modern features – including a designer kitchen, engineered oak flooring and a walk-in wardrobe in the bedroom – this is a lifestyle fit for the royals

BUY IT NOW: £550,000 (other apartments start from £370,000) with Weston Homes

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