If you’re looking for a mansion but have simply been waiting for the right deal, then you’re in luck, as the former family home of a Queen of England has been reduced in price.
The Hermitage, a 16th-century Grade II listed mansion on London Road in Kegworth, belonged to the family of Henry VIII’s wife, Catherine Parr – the sixth and last significant other of the infamous monarch.
The property, which comes with five acres of land, a boathouse, and is idyllically situated on the side of the River Soar, was originally marketed for £1,950,000 but has since been reduced to £1,750,000.
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The property is steeped in history dating back to the 16th century when it was used as a religious retreat for ecclesiastical dignitaries traveling between Leicestershire and Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire.
In the same century it belonged to the Parr family and was used as a hunting lodge. Catherine Parr has never lived there herself, but is said to have “almost certainly been”.
The property itself is a large, prominent Tudor property that comes with a level of luxury befitting a queen – including a huge master bedroom with an attached dressing room and en-suite bathroom.
The house also features a wide variety of featured rooms, including a grand drawing room, flower room, open-sided gallery, beer room, and butler’s pantry — not to mention a wine cellar.
With its beautiful riverside location, the property also comes with a boathouse and fishing rights.
The property is now called The Hermitage and comes with traces of the past including photographs, architectural drawings and plans showing the attic room as the old servants’ quarters.
There is also the ‘Butler’s Alert box’ so staff would know which room to go to.
The house itself is only a major point of contention about the property, but the grounds are equally stunning – five acres of grounds comprising of manicured lawns, woodland, an orchard, vegetable patch, croquet and tennis lawns and a decking overlooking the river .
The property also has a water garden filled with a natural hot spring – where a former owner apparently used to swim every morning. The gardens also have yew hedges, described as “extremely old” and were a mainstay in Tudor gardens.
There is also a pump house and potting shed on the property, along with outbuildings currently used for stabling, but the new owner can convert it back into stabling if they wish.
The historic property also has some modern additions, with an extension in the 20th century and the house having been renovated and rewired in recent years.
A security alarm has also been installed along with a CCTV system and security cameras. A new central heating boiler has also been installed by the current owners.
The listing, posted by Thomas James Estate Agents on RightMove, said: “A rare opportunity to acquire this imposing family home, with a rich and interesting history dating back to the 16th century
“The property offers extensive accommodation over three floors, plus cellars and outbuildings, and retains original and characterful features at every turn!
“The Hermitage is set in beautiful grounds of approximately five acres and has potential for a variety of uses.
“The property has an unrivaled location, surrounded by rolling countryside, on the edge of the sought-after market town of Kegworth, close to the banks of the River Soar.
“Looking is essential.”
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