An extraordinary and ancient home with an impressive rolodex of well-to-do owners has come to the market in Kent—a county nicknamed The Garden of England—for £5 million (US$6.8 million).
With a history that can be traced as far back as the 1300s, Milgate House, as it’s known, is a rarity.
The red-brick home is Grade I listed, a title that identifies it as one of “exceptional interest,” and a classification that’s shared by only 2.5% of the country’s estimated 500,000 listed buildings, according to Historic England, which is responsible for the protection and preservation of the country’s oldest buildings.
On two occasions, Milgate’s owners have been knights with connections to royalty—one of which was connected to Jane Austen and her family—leading to references to Milgate in her famous letters, according to estate agency Savills, which shares the listing with Strutt & Parker.
Other owners of the almost 10,000-square-foot home include explorers, spies and brewers. In the 1970s, Guinness heiress Lady Caroline Blackwood bought Milgate with her husband, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Lowell.
The nine-bedroom manor is loaded with lavish fireplaces, paneled walls and oversized windows. There’s a study, a sitting room, a drawing room and intricate murals surround the staircase, according to the listing.
Article Source: Mansion Global