Interesting houses for sale – Shurland Hall / Clifton Hall

There are always options for those who have the sensitivity to own an interesting house rather than a simply expensive one.

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Shurland Hall (Image: Jackson-Stops)

Shurland Hall, Eastchurch – Kent

Shurland  Hall was the gatehouse to a once impressive and important house built between 1510 and 1518 by Sir Thomas Cheyne and visited by Henry VIII in 1532 but now demolished.  The final residents of the house were troops billeted there during WWI who did enough damage to ensure that it was uninhabitable.  In 1996, the local council spent £200,000 to install supportive scaffolding to arrest the deterioration in the structure.  In 2006, a further grant of £300,000 was made to restore the facade and roof and this work has now been completed by the Spitalfields Trust.  This beautiful Grade-II* building is now for sale via Jackson-Stops for offers in excess of £2,000,000 – hopefully to someone who can complete the restoration sympathetically.

Property details: ‘Shurland Hall‘ [Jackson Stops]

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Clifton Hall (Image: Page One)

Clifton Hall, Nottingham

Grade-I listed Clifton Hall shot into the headlines in September 2008 when the owner walked away from the house and returned it to the mortgage company claiming that he and his family had been driven out by ghosts (‘Spooked businessman flees ‘haunted’ mansion‘). The house includes 10-bedrooms, 7 receptions, large cellars, 2.5-acres of grounds along with voices, knocks, apparitions and blood spots appearing on bed-linen.  If you don’t believe in ghosts then this house could be an absolute bargain; an advert in the Home section of the Sunday Times (15 November 2009) lists the price as £2.5m but on the agents website it’s down to £1.5m. So pack your holy water and book a viewing.

Property details: ‘Clifton Hall‘ [FHP Living] (interesting that none of the big agencies have taken this instruction…)

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About Matthew Beckett - The Country Seat

An amateur architectural historian with a particular love of UK country houses in all their many varied and beautiful forms.
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2 Responses to Interesting houses for sale – Shurland Hall / Clifton Hall

  1. Stephen says:

    The developer who walked away split this house into two but it appears to have been “restored” to a reasonable standard. It is now on the market as two lots, a south wing at £1,500,000 and a north wing at £995,000 or the whole at £2,225,000. The south wing is now “under offer”.

    Looking at the building on Google Maps, this property seems to have the same problem as Sandford House near Taunton, the “enabling” development is all too visible from the main house. In fact, the windows of some of the rooms in the south wing pretty much look straight into the windows of the new properties.

    Please excuse any mistakes as I wrote this from memory.

  2. countryhouses says:

    Thanks Stephen. The division of the house would explain the price discrepancy between the advert and agent’s website – and obviously there’s someone who’s not discouraged by the ‘ghosts’.

    It does seem to be an all-to-common issue with enabling development where the builders put in plans to build far too close but for some reason conservation officers seem powerless to prevent this spoilation of the setting. Perhaps there ought to be some national guidelines which prohibit developments encroaching within 1,000 metres of the house and not within the main sightlines. Oh well, I can hope.

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