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Vanbrugh Castle flat goes on sale in London for £2.75m

Commoners looking for a taste of the high life can snap up an apartment in a historic London castle for a regal £2.75million.

The luxury four-storey household is nestled inside Grade I-listed Vanbrugh Castle in Maze Hill, south-east London, and boasts square towers with battlements and 2.5 acres of communal gardens.

Among its unique features are secret tunnels and the remains of an amphitheatre within two-and-a-half acres of gardens. 

An Englishman's home may be his 'castle' but now you can have the real thing - an apartment in a historic London castle (above)... if you can afford the £2.75million price tag

An Englishman’s home may be his ‘castle’ but now you can have the real thing – an apartment in a historic London castle (above)… if you can afford the £2.75million price tag

The luxury four-storey household, with plush interiors, is nestled inside Grade I-listed Vanbrugh Castle in Maze Hill, south-east London

The luxury four-storey household, with plush interiors, is nestled inside Grade I-listed Vanbrugh Castle in Maze Hill, south-east London

The apartment boasts square towers with battlements, 2.5 acres of communal gardens, as well as this deluxe kitchen

The apartment boasts square towers with battlements, 2.5 acres of communal gardens, as well as this deluxe kitchen

Vanbrugh Castle, modelled on the French Bastille, was built in 1718 by highly acclaimed architect Sir John Vanbrugh who lived there with his wife Henrietta Maria Yarborough

Vanbrugh Castle, modelled on the French Bastille, was built in 1718 by highly acclaimed architect Sir John Vanbrugh who lived there with his wife Henrietta Maria Yarborough

The jewel in the crown of this home is a private roof terrace which enjoys sweeping views of the Greenwich observatory and nearby Royal Park

The jewel in the crown of this home is a private roof terrace which enjoys sweeping views of the Greenwich observatory and nearby Royal Park

The apartment boasts four bedrooms, a modern kitchen, and a living and dining room consisting of solid wood doors and large picturesque windows

The apartment boasts four bedrooms, a modern kitchen, and a living and dining room consisting of solid wood doors and large picturesque windows

Sir John is best known as the designer of UNESCO World Heritage Site Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire and Castle Howard in North Yorkshire

Sir John is best known as the designer of UNESCO World Heritage Site Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire and Castle Howard in North Yorkshire

The master bedroom has a dressing room and a bathroom adjacent to it, while on the second floor lies the three other neat-looking bedrooms

The master bedroom has a dressing room and a bathroom adjacent to it, while on the second floor lies the three other neat-looking bedrooms

Among its unique features are secret tunnels and the remains of an amphitheatre within the grounds of the beautiful gardens

Among its unique features are secret tunnels and the remains of an amphitheatre within the grounds of the beautiful gardens

Architect, dramatist and soldier: The life of Sir John Vanbrugh

Renowned architect: Sir John Vanbrugh

Renowned architect: Sir John Vanbrugh

Sir John Vanbrugh (1664-1726) was a British architect famous for designing Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire – principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough, as well as the birthplace and home of Winston Churchill.

While visiting Calais in 1690, as a foot soldier, he was accused of espionage and imprisoned in the Bastille for two years.

Also an acclaimed dramatist, it was there that he wrote the first draft of a comedy. His first work, The Relapse: Or Virtue in Danger, was a huge success.

After penning several other pieces over the next few years, he switched career in 1702 and became an architect.

His first design was Castle Howard in Yorkshire, for Lord Carlisle. He would go on to design the Queen’s Theatre (or Opera House) in the Haymarket in 1703.

Then, in 1705, John Churchill, 1st duke of Marlborough, asked him to design the palace at Woodstock, Oxfordshire – Blenheim Palace.

There followed several more country houses in the style of castles – such as Kimbolton Castle in Huntingdon (1707–10) and Kings Weston in Gloucestershire (now in Bristol; c. 1710–14). 

But Blenheim remains his most famous work. 

The jewel in the crown of this home is a private roof terrace which enjoys sweeping views of the Greenwich observatory and nearby Royal Park. 

Vanbrugh Castle, believed to have been modelled on the French Bastille, was built in 1718 by highly acclaimed architect Sir John Vanbrugh, who lived there with his wife Henrietta Maria Yarborough until his death aged 62 in 1726.

The politically radical Vanbrugh was imprisoned in the Bastille in his youth for espionage.

He was also involved in a plot to overthrow James II and put William III on the throne, to protect English parliamentary democracy. 

Sir John is best known as the designer of UNESCO World Heritage Site Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire and Castle Howard in North Yorkshire.

Vanbrugh Castle has since been used as an RAF school for the sons of servicemen killed in the World Wars but was restored and refurbished by the Blackheath Preservation Trust for luxury living space.

The apartment – currently owned by Dave Edgar and his wife, Barbara, who have lived there for more than 20 years – boasts four bedrooms, a modern kitchen, and a living and dining room consisting of solid wood doors and large picturesque windows.

The master bedroom has a dressing room and a bathroom adjacent to it, while on the second floor lies the three other neat-looking bedrooms.

The basement has a utility room and large cellar while outside there is an annex along with two off-street parking spaces.

Paul Kirby from Fine & Country said: ‘Vanbrugh Castle presents a fantastic opportunity for someone to live in a historic castle while having all the benefits of London on the doorstep.

‘The most impressive feature of the four-storey household is the expansive private roof terrace that boasts far-reaching views of the London skyline.

‘Because the property sits upon a hilltop, you overlook the lush communal gardens, the wonderful Greenwich observatory and the nearby Royal Park.

‘We think the property would suit a family who want the best of London living in a welcoming and friendly location.’ 

The castle's design is believed to have been inspired by the Bastille, where the politically radical Vanbrugh was imprisoned in his youth for espionage

The castle’s design is believed to have been inspired by the Bastille, where the politically radical Vanbrugh was imprisoned in his youth for espionage

Paul Kirby from Fine & Country said: 'Vanbrugh Castle presents a fantastic opportunity for someone to live in a historic castle while having all the benefits of London on the doorstep'

Paul Kirby from Fine & Country said: ‘Vanbrugh Castle presents a fantastic opportunity for someone to live in a historic castle while having all the benefits of London on the doorstep’

Vanbrugh Castle has since been used as an RAF school for the sons of servicemen killed in the World Wars but was restored and refurbished by the Blackheath Preservation Trust for luxury living space

Vanbrugh Castle has since been used as an RAF school for the sons of servicemen killed in the World Wars but was restored and refurbished by the Blackheath Preservation Trust for luxury living space

After penning several comedies following his imprisonment,  Sir John switched career in 1702 and became an architect

After penning several comedies following his imprisonment,  Sir John switched career in 1702 and became an architect

The basement has a utility room and large cellar while outside there is an annex along with two off-street parking spaces

The basement has a utility room and large cellar while outside there is an annex along with two off-street parking spaces



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