Flats Offer Taste of High Life in Country; Apartments Converted from Historic 17th Century Hall

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), April 9, 2005 | Go to article overview

Flats Offer Taste of High Life in Country; Apartments Converted from Historic 17th Century Hall


Byline: By STEVE EVANS steve.evans@mrn.co.uk

NUNEATON'S historic Caldecote Hall is being converted into luxury apartments with an asking price just short of pounds 200,000 each.

Property developers are planning a total of 34 apartments in the main hall, the stables and the east wing. The first are being released to the market this weekend.

The developers say it will make living on a 35-acre country estate a reality for a new generation of buyers.

The hall has a colourful history. The original hall door still bears musket holes from an attack ordered by King Charles I. And original stained glass windows featuring Colonel and Dame Purefoy, who owned the hall in the 17th century, have been salvaged.

Documents show the hall was sold by the Townshend family in 1924 to the Church of England Temperance Society, which converted the building into a retreat for the treatment of "neurasthenia and other nervous ailments resulting from mental strain, drugs and alcohol addiction".

The original visitors' book shows a stream of wealthy visitors in the 1920s who enjoyed the restorative pleasures of the house and grounds, as well as the expert treatment of its resident physicians. …

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