The thing I love most about England is the period housing. I won’t claim the whole of England is filled with picture perfect cottages, it’s not, and nor do I live in one. However, I do think the housing in England is among some of the most beautiful and characterful in the world.
The home that claims to the oldest continually inhabited home in England is for sale, William the Conqueror’s brother even lived here! Located near Cobham in Kent, Luddesdown Court is on the market for an eye-watering £3.5 million. That is $4.4 million! However, it does come with 26 acres of premium countryside less than 40 miles from London.
The Grade I listed property is thought to date back before the 1100s, constructed of flint and stone. The most impressive feature in the house is the 30ft long Great Hall boasting solid oak beams across a vaulted roof. Other period features include a Tudor chimney, Norman corbelled fireplace and unique murals scratched into the plaster of the Great Hall and one of the bedrooms.
There have been some modern additions of the years, including a beautiful pool house which is home to a large pool (obviously) and his and hers dressing rooms.
Formal gardens immediately surround the main house, with more land spreading out further into the countryside. There is a walled garden that is thought was constructed originally as a remembrance garden, complete with alcoves, built-in benches and sunken pools of water. There is a charming rose garden, orchard and fenced paddocks, there is even a croquet lawn!
If your interested in this house and want more details, it is listed with Knight Frank.