To call Stone Castle a country house is pushing it really. The house, built on the site of the castle where William the Conquerer signed a peace treaty with the men of Kent in 1067, is now besieged by property development which has marched to within 70ft of the front door. Current owners, Land Securities, have used the house as a venue for conferences and weddings.
The house is perched on an outcrop high above the old quarry which now houses the vast Bluewater shopping centre. The house has a tower dating from the 14th-century but the majority of the house is late Georgian, built in 1825. The house now only has 2.5-acres of gardens but luckily the developments are to the rear of the property leaving lofty views from the lawns.
The house is being auctioned on 5 November with a guide price of £750,000 – but expect to spend even more to make it a home.
Full story: ‘STONE: Hidden castle from medieval era up for auction‘ [News Shopper]