The Tudors Reign! Captivated by Wolf Hall? Then Consider Living in a Genuine Tudor Home, Says Fred Redwood

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The Tudors Reign! Captivated by Wolf Hall? Then Consider Living in a Genuine Tudor Home, Says Fred Redwood


NOTHING sparks interest in a specific type of house more than a successful television series. When Martin Clunes's Doc Martin was first shown, estate agents in Port Isaac, Cornwall, where it was filmed, were inundated with requests to view sweet little fishermen's cottages.

The family comedy Outnumbered, starring Hugh Dennis, did much to sell modernised Victorian family homes, and Gavin And Stacey was such a big hit that bus tours were organised through the streets of terrace houses in Barry, South Wales, where the action took place.

Now we can expect the same fervour to surround Tudor homes, thanks to the Beeb's blockbuster, Wolf Hall. Luckily for buyers who are captivated by Tudor architecture, there are enough homes for sale from the period 1485 to 1603 to start a whole new spin-off series.

Take, for example, Stowey Court in Nether Stowey, Somerset.

'When we moved here in 1985, we did some research into the house's history and found that in 1547 it had been bequeathed to Edward Seymour, brother of Jane Seymour Henry VIII's third wife,' says owner, Mike Haynes, 58, who is selling the 11-bedroom house standing in eight acres with gth.net for PS1.5 million.

'The stables and carp ponds date from that period and you can still see a couple of the original door frames only 5 ft 8 in high.' Henry VIII would have often seen Trumps Mill House in Virginia Water, Surrey (guide price PS1,850,000 with bartonwyatt.co.uk) as it stands next to Great Fosters, which he used as a hunting lodge for Windsor Great Park.

Wings Place in Ditchling, East Sussex, which owner TV presenter Jamie Theakston, 44, has on the market for PS1.85 million, would also fit neatly into an episode of Wolf Hall. A grade I-listed Tudor manor, it was given to Anne of Cleves as part of her divorce settlement from Henry VIII and was used by Thomas Cromwell.

MEANWHILE, Preston Hall, near Aylesford in Kent, is cloaked in Tudor scandal. Its owners then were the Culpeper family, major players in the royal courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. One of their number, Thomas Culpeper (1514-41) was the secret lover of Henry's fifth wife, Catherine Howard. It was an amorous adventure which could only end in tears and they were both duly executed.

A later member of the Culpeper family plotted to overthrow Elizabeth I and replace her with Mary Queen of Scots. …

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