Castle for sale: Greenwich four-bedroom home in Grade I-listed 18th century property modelled on French Bastille after architect was jailed there could be yours for £2.75million
- Luxury home, in Maze Hill, south east London, is spread over four floors of the Grade I listed Vanbrugh Castle
- The apartment features four bedrooms, a deluxe kitchen and a living and dining room, with solid wood doors
- There is also a private roof-top terrace which comes with sweeping views of Royal Park and the observatory
- The castle was designed in 1718 by Sir John Vanbrugh who modelled it on Bastille where he was imprisoned in 1690 for two years after being accused of espionage. Vanbrugh also designed Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire
A stunning luxury four-bedroom home located within an 18th century castle has hit the market for £2.75million.
Vanbrugh Castle in south east London has been converted into residential homes and one of the four-bedroom properties is now up for sale.
The Grade I listed building sits right on Greenwich Park, with breath-taking views of the seemingly endless green space as well as the 2.5 acres of communal gardens at your disposal – which you can take in from the roof terrace.
A four-bedroom home set in this 18th century Grade-I listed castle in south east London has gone on sale for £2.75million
The jewel in the crown is a private roof terrace which enjoys sweeping views of the Greenwich observatory and nearby park
The castle comes complete with unusual features, such as secret tunnels, square towers and the remains of an amphitheatre
As well as the rooftop terrace, the property also comes with 2.5 acres of communal garden space. Pictured: dining room
While the property’s exterior has maintained its rustic and historical appearance, the home offers plush and modern interiors
The apartment boasts square towers with battlements, 2.5 acres of communal gardens as well as this deluxe kitchen
Vanbrugh Castle was built in 1718 by highly acclaimed architect Sir John Vanbrugh. Pictured: the living and dining room
The four-bedroom property, which is spread over four floors, is listed at £2.75million. Pictured: the living and dining room
The castle comes complete with an array of unusual features, such as secret tunnels, square towers and even the remains of an amphitheatre.
Inside, you’ll find four bedrooms, a deluxe kitchen and a living and dining room, with solid wood doors and large picturesque windows.
While the property’s exterior has maintained its rustic and historical appearance, the home offers plush and modern interiors with plenty of natural light.
The master bedroom has a dressing room and adjacent bathroom, and on the second floor, you’ll find a further three bedrooms.
As if that wasn’t enough, the basement has a utility room and large cellar – while outside there is a 466sq ft self-contained underground refurbished annexe, which could be transformed into a cinema room or a game room.
The annexe also has its own kitchen and bathroom, and there are two off-street parking spaces.
The home features four bedrooms, a modern kitchen, and a living and dining room. Pictured: The master bedroom
Sir John is best known as the designer of UNESCO World Heritage Site Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. Pictured: a bedroom
During its history, Vanbrugh Castle has since been used as an RAF school for the sons of servicemen killed in the World Wars
Master bedroom has a dressing room and adjacent bathroom, and on the second floor, you’ll find a further three bedrooms
Outside there is a self-contained underground annexe, which could be transformed into a cinema room or a game room
But the ‘jewel in the crown’ is the private roof terrace, which enjoys sweeping views of the Royal Greenwich Observatory as well as the skyscrapers in Canary Wharf and in the City.
Vanbrugh Castle, modelled on the French Bastille, was built in 1718 by the highly-acclaimed architect Sir John Vanbrugh, who lived there with his wife Henrietta Maria Yarborough.
The architect modelled it on Bastille where he was imprisoned in 1690 for two years after being accused of espionage.
Sir John is best known as the designer of UNESCO World Heritage Site Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire and Castle Howard in North Yorkshire.
Vanbrugh Castle has since been used as an RAF school for the sons of servicemen killed in the World Wars but was restored and refurbished by the Blackheath Preservation Trust for luxury living space.
The property is listed for £2.75 million with Nest Seekers International and prospective buyers should contact Rubens Brotto, on +44 7961 984841 or email [email protected]
Architect, dramatist and soldier: The life of Sir John Vanbrugh
Sir John Vanbrugh
Sir John Vanbrugh (1664-1726) was a British architect famous for designing Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire – principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough, as well as the birthplace and home of Winston Churchill.
While visiting Calais in 1690, as a foot soldier, he was accused of espionage and imprisoned in the Bastille for two years.
Also an acclaimed dramatist, it was there that he wrote the first draft of a comedy. His first work, The Relapse: Or Virtue in Danger, was a huge success.
After penning several other pieces over the next few years, he switched career in 1702 and became an architect.
His first design was Castle Howard in Yorkshire, for Lord Carlisle. He would go on to design the Queen’s Theatre (or Opera House) in the Haymarket in 1703.
Then, in 1705, John Churchill, 1st duke of Marlborough, asked him to design the palace at Woodstock, Oxfordshire – Blenheim Palace.
There followed several more country houses in the style of castles – such as Kimbolton Castle in Huntingdon (1707–10) and Kings Weston in Gloucestershire (now in Bristol; c. 1710–14).
But Blenheim remains his most famous work.
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