When a show apartment has been given the title Duke, it’s almost a certainty something rather special is in store.
Kent’s historic Preston Hall – to be converted into 36 properties by Weston Homes – doesn’t disappoint.
Whether it’s the grand carriage driveway leading to the Grade II listed mansion or the striking monochrome marble of the restored hallway it’s a statement of indulgence and luxury.
It’s not just about the stunning transformation either – this Aylesford pad has historical credentials as former home for the Culpeper family.
For 400 years they lived in the 12th century hall with descendants including Joyce Culpeper – mother of Henry VIII’s fifth wife, Catherine Howard – and Sir Thomas Culpeper, courtier to the same king, and Catherine’s secret lover.
The collection of one-to-four bedroom homes have now been launched, with prices starting from £195,000.
Chairman and managing director of Weston Homes Bob Weston said: “Preston Hall is without doubt the most prestigious, challenging and unique restoration project we have undertaken to date.
“With its links to King Henry VIII, its grand stone facade and spacious period interiors, Preston Hall provided Weston Homes with a rich historic backdrop on which we have layered a luxurious state-of-the-art-specification and new build elements in order to create the most outstanding contemporary homes to be unveiled in this part of Kent.”
Each home varies in features and layout with sizes up to 2,255 sq ft and some offering mezzanine levels.
Period details such as wall panelling, fireplaces, ceiling covers and mouldings have been combined with state-of-the-art fully-fitted Oakwood kitchens, stone panelled bathroom suites and luxurious bedrooms.
The two-bedroom Duke showcases a combination of a walnut wood entrance door with Art Deco style detailing, a dramatic 9ft drop contemporary chandelier and restored cast-iron Edwardian radiators.
All properties will benefit from access to the beautifully landscaped 2.5acres of gardens crowned with a Versailles-inspired stone fountain dating from the 1830s.
Prices start from £195,000 up to £700,000.
The two-bedroom Duke costs £650,000 and the first-phase release includes 16 properties.
Buyers are expected to be able to move in this summer.
Go to westonhomes.com or call 01279 873 333 to book a viewing.