Discover the secret staircase at the new show apartment at Preston Hall

Leading Home Counties developer Weston Homes is proud to announce the launch of The Victorian, a new two bedroom show apartment at Preston Hall in Aylesford. The show-stopping apartment offers stylish living fit for a royal, combining historic detailing with modern specification.

Measuring 1,586 sq. ft. the stunning apartment is situated in the heart of the grade II listed mansion, in what would have been the front of the building when it was first constructed. The apartment is replete with historic features and details, including ornate fretwork and a hidden staircase, which, according to local historians is reported to be the hidden stairway that Catherine Howard, King Henry VIII’s fifth wife and Thomas Culpeper, courtier to the King, used to secretly have their love affair.

Bob Weston, CEO at Weston Homes commented: “We are delighted to launch the new show apartment at Preston Hall, which showcases the history and character of the building when it was first built.

Preston Hall is such an important landmark and has a significant history, which needs to be preserved for future generations. We have completely restored the Hall to offer modern living, yet keeping as many original features as possible. Stately homes and mansions are becoming rarer and rarer and we are proud to give the building another lease of life for people to enjoy.

The unique apartment features a striking living and dining room, complete with a replica of the original 19th Century ceiling fretwork. The beautiful space would have been the formal reception room where Edward Ladd Betts hosted notable guests of nobility and aristocracy.

Taking a five-person team, six weeks to reconstruct, the ceiling helps to create a setting which will wow guests and make them feel like they have been transported back in time.

Adorned in luxurious fabrics and regal purple shades, the apartment has a modern and luxurious feel. Leading off of the living room is the beautiful designer Oakwood kitchen, which is finished in grey and neutral tones and underlighting. The kitchen would have originally been the passageway to the Orangery and features beautiful mullioned windows, allowing plenty of light into the space.

The two generous bedroom suites feature high ceilings and ensuite bathrooms, completed with mirrored furnishings, opulent fabrics and luxurious carpeting. The master bedroom includes a separate walk in wardrobe, ensuite bathroom and tall windows with views of the grounds. The second bedroom offers fitted wardobes and a generous ensuite with bathtub. The ensuite bathroom features a second doorway, which reveals the original staircase, used as a secret passageway by Catherine Howard and Thomas Culpeper and is now ideal as extra storage space or a wine cellar.

This generously proportioned apartment includes a guest WC and storage with a washing machine and tumble drier. The apartment features Weston Homes signature high specification interiors with engineered oak flooring and luxury carpeting, designer Oakwood kitchens with stone worktops, Zanussi appliances, Fascino basins and hot water boiling tap. The luxurious bathrooms will offer Laufen Pro wall hung basin, Roca Laura, wall hung WC and porcelain floor and wall tiling by RAK tiles.

Situated in Aylesford, Kent, Preston Hall comprises of 36 luxurious one, two, three and four bedroom residences, which consists of the restoration of a historic 53,686 sq. ft. Grade II listed mansioninto a new residential address.

Each of 36 residences have individual marketing names, unique layouts and features and include apartments, mews houses and villas. They range up to 2,255 sqft in size, some with mezzanine levels open to spectacular double height living areas.

Located off London Road (A20) and dating back to 1102, Preston Hall was for over 400 years the country residence of the Culpeper family, relatives of the Dukes of Norfolk, whose descendants included Joyce Culpeper (mother of Queen Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII); Catherine Howard and Sir Thomas Culpeper, courtier to Henry VIII and Catherine’s secret lover, a liaison for which they were both executed.

In 1848 Preston Hall was purchased by Edward Ladd Betts, a railroad baron, who sold Preston Hall in 1867 to rival railway baron Thomas Brassey. In 1914 the final family to own Preston Hall, the Sauber family, gifted the hall to the Red Cross, enabling it to serve as a hospital during WWI. In 1925 Preston Hall became a hospital for the Royal British Legion and finally between 1945 to 2012 it served as headquarters for the local health authority.                                                                                        

Prices at Preston Hallstart from £370,000. The Victorian is priced at £550,000. For further information, please visit the sales and marketing suite which is open daily from 10am to 5pm. Alternatively please contact Weston Homes on Tel: 01279 873 300 or visit W: www.weston-homes.com.

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