Westhanger Castle, Kent, England
By: Carly Dolan
This Grade I-listed country house is steeped in history. The property, set in 14 acres of parkland, is most-famously associated with the illustrious King Henry VIII, who owned it during the 1500s, but in fact the property dates back to 1035. The existing manor house was partly rebuilt in 1701. Westenhanger is set within an area of Scheduled Ancient Monument with towers, castle wall remains and an inner court, which makes it very popular for weddings.
Two 16th century Grade I-listed barns are for sale separately. Despite being largely restored during the past 16 years, there is still investment potential, including finishing the castle dwelling, development of the wedding business and restoration of the second barn.
Currently, weddings bring in between £1,700 ($2,800) mid-week from October to April for exclusive hire of the castle, manor house, grounds and bridal suite for the day and evening, to £6,000 ($9,800) for a ceremony through summer. This castle is on the market at a guide price of £2.6 million ($4.2 million).
For more information on Westenhanger Castle, visit www.jackson-stops.co.uk