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An Englishman’s home is his castle

Piece of history: An aerial view of the stunning Thurland Castle and, below, the high standard of the interior is shown

Piece of history: An aerial view of the stunning Thurland Castle and, below, the high standard of the interior is shown

Every girl dreams of living in a castle.

Now, in the heart of rural north Lancashire, someone’s dreams could be about to come true - for less than half a million pounds.

A luxury two bedroomed cottage in the grounds of historic Thurland Castle has been put on the market at a guide price of £450,000.

Thurland Cottage is the only standalone property in the grounds of the Grade II listed property, which is located in lush parkland between the villages of Cantsfield and Tunstall, in the Lune Valley.

Ben Pridden, of Savill’s property, said people from as far as Chicago, USA, had voiced an interest.

He said: “For under half a million pounds there is the opportunity tio live in one of northern England’s most important castles amd all that goes with it, the grounds, the security and the aesthetics.

“ It’s a rare opportunity. We have had interest from America, people want their own piece of English history.

The development, which includes seven luxury homes within the main castle and a further five in the stables, is approached by a fairytale arched bridge crossing a moat that surrounds the castle.

The interior-designed accommodation boasts underfloor heating, comes fully furnished and offers more than 1,200sq ft of interior space.

It has a drawing room, kitchen and breakfast room, a master bedroom suite with a dressing room, a guest bedroom and a private terrace.

It sits in 10 acres of communal landscaped grounds and a shared tennis court, with a moat encircling the castle itself.

Its architectural style is a mixture of Elizabethan Revival and Gothic Revival.

Lancashire born critic, writer, architect and philosopher John Ruskin was a regular visitor to Thurland.

The castle has had a turbulent history having been almost destroyed twice, once by battle and once by fire.

The moated castle belonged to Sir Thomas de Tunstall, who was knighted by Henry V at Agincourt.

Sir Thomas was granted a royal licence in 1402 to crenellate his manor house.

It passed down through his son Thomas to Bryan, a hero of the Battle of Flodden in 1513, who was dubbed the “Stainless Knight” by the king and immortalised in the poem The Stainless Knight and the Battle of Flodden Field by Sir Walter Raleigh.

Bryan’s son Marmaduke was High Sheriff of Lancashire for 1544.

After two or three further generations of Tunstalls the castle was sold to John Girlington in 1605.

After passing to his grandson, Sir John Girlington, a Royalist major-general during the Civil War, it was badly damaged by Parliamentarian forces during a siege in 1643, following which it was described as being “ruinous”.

Sir John’s son, also called John, was High Sheriff of Lancashire for 1663.

Work was done on the building to convert it to a country house in 1810 by Jeffry Wyattville, and in 1826–29 by George Webster, but in 1876 it was gutted by fire.

The owner, Mr North, commissioned the Lancaster architects Paley and Austin to rebuild it.

For further information please contact Savills on 01904 617 820.

 

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