Oliver Cromwell’s Christmas retreat up for sale
The Grade I-listed 14th century chateau where Oliver Cromwell invested Christmases with his daughter is for sale for ₤ 1.5 million.
Lavish Northborough Chateau near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, was the home of the politician’s daughter Elizabeth during the English Civil War in the mid-17th century.
She lived at the eight-bedroom residence, which also has a four-bedroom lodge, with hubby John Claypole, while her mother – also called Elizabeth – died in at the grand mansion in an area now christened Cromwell’s closet.
The Claypoles clan themselves additionally have a storied history as well as were associated with the settlement of the American state of Pennsylvania.
As a nod to their payment to the United States area, a flag was gifted to the owners to fly in the grounds by the guv of the state in 1975 and also it currently still resides in the structure’s excellent hall.
The historic residential or commercial property is now on the market with luxury estate representatives Fine & Country for ₤ 1.5 million.
He later came to be Lord High Treasurer to King Edward II and also advised William de Eyton – the master mason and architect of Lichfield – to craft Northborough Chateau.
The Claypoles purchased your house in 1572 as well as James Claypole expanded the lodge to make space for staff in addition to constructing the dovecote.
A 16-year-old Elizabeth Cromwell moved into the home after the civil war after marrying John Claypole in 1646.
After falling under disrepair in the centuries that followed, your house was saved from threatened demolition by garden publication writer as well as former First-rate cricketer Roy Genders in the 1970s.
Existing proprietors John and Jane Preston bought the residence 30 back and has said that the Claypole family members have even been in touch to buy back their ancestral house.
Previous chartered land surveyor John and retired actress Jane, 80, are currently hoping to scale down in their later years.
Jane claimed: “We loved the house when we saw it as well as we have grown to like it much more yet we are very old now. When we moved in, our kids were all at college age and also they have all left as well as don’t return a lot so it is too big for two people. But it has been a wonderful house for Xmas and also household reunions and we have likewise had three household weddings here. We have loved it.”
“Descendants of the Claypoles from America have actually come to us on a couple of occasions with plans to buy the house but they have never been able to organise it.”
The chateau home opens with a wonderful hall with a solar – a medieval private sleeping as well as living quarters – library as well as cooking area in addition to the well known Cromwell’s storage room.
There is likewise a tastefully enhanced bedroom with connected en-suite washroom and also clothing area as well as a visitor bedroom which likewise has an en suite shower room.
A more 2 bed rooms and a household washroom also live on the top flooring.
The different gatehouse has its own dining-room, resting area as well as kitchen along with four sizable dual rooms, three of which take advantage of en suite bathroom and shower rooms.
There is additionally a more washroom as well as WC as well as a comprehensive attic room in your home which has actually been transformed from previous stables.
Picturesque one-acre gardens surround the property with a dovecote and also former rock privy and stables additionally showcasing on the land.