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For $7.1M, a Grand Gothic Mansion with a 13th-Century Chapel in the Backyard

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Location: Winchelsea, England
Price: £4,500,000 (~ $7,154,325)

The magnificent gothic-style Greyfriars mansion in Winchelsea, England sits on the site of a former Franciscan monastery, one that was destroyed under Henry VIII in 1538. The history, though, is still alive. On the property's 18 acres of secluded parkland grounds, ruins of the 13th-century chapel of the former monastery—an architectural landmark that was once sketched by English artist J.M.W. Turner—are still visible. The historic main residence itself, built in 1819, was also featured in Denis Duval, the final, unfinished novel by 19th-century English novelist William Makepeace Thackeray, perhaps most famous for writing Vanity Fair.

The mansion, clocking in at over 13,000 square feet, has been extensively refurbished by current owners. The main reception hall leads to four more reception rooms, plus a lovely drawing room with ornate barreled ceilings and a kitchen with hand-painted floor tiles and modern appliances. The home, blessed with high ceilings and quite a few marble and stone fireplaces, also seems to have large stone-mullioned windows in almost every room, which results in some wonderful bedroom suites (six, to be exact) with garden views.


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