The Castle has historical connections dating back to the Tudor dynasty and has been visited by Queen Elizabeth I and King Charles I. It was transformed in the 1880's to a Victorian Gothic style castle, adding the castellated wings and towers on each side, and in 1999 the castle was converted into luxury apartments, with the penthouse part of the new build addition completed in 2001.
This imposing penthouse has substantial accommodation arranged over 2 floors and is presented neutrally, in excellent decorative order. This exceptionally light and spacious dwelling, has superb, far reaching views across Southampton Water, which can be enjoyed externally, from 2 of the 4 terraces and internally from most of the rooms. The apartment is exceptionally well appointed and offers tremendous storage, parking, garaging and the use of a unique dining hall, which is part of the original castle, and can be utilised for family functions and meetings. The kitchen/breakfast room has a range of wooden units and is well fitted with major appliances, and provides space for a breakfast table. The impressive drawing room has a feature fireplace and is light and spacious with views across Southampton Water, having independent access from the communal hallway. There are a number of period features which have been added to this modern apartment to continue the theme of the building and these include cast iron period style radiators and panelled doors leading from the entrance hall. The apartment is served by both the staircase and the lift.
A good size dining room has a door to a terrace which can be used for evening dining. On this floor, bedroom 2 has an en suite shower room with a walk-in shower and terrace. The master bedroom also has an en suite bathroom. The second floor is accessed by a wide spiral staircase. This level could well be utilised as a separate flat comprising a bedroom with en suite and mezzanine level, kitchen, conservatory, sitting room/bedroom 4 and an extremely large southwest facing terrace overlooking Southampton Water. The second floor of the apartment has an independent access from the communal hallway. A particular feature of the apartment is the excellent security it provides, together with the privacy a penthouse offers, whilst retaining an expansive and pleasant feel once within the grounds.
The Castle is approached via a set of electric gates which lead to a sweeping driveway to the front of the building. The communal grounds are mature and well cared for, and extend to 3 acres, creating a wonderful backdrop to the building, with a large area of lawn to the front. The original portion of the Castle has a Great Hall, which as mentioned previously, can be used by all 10 apartments on a booking basis. The garage for the apartment, with storage loft above, is part of a block with a remotely operated door.View payable Stamp Duty for this property