Sunday, 21 April 2019

Wooded folly is still very much an ‘eye catcher’ 250 years on

Wooded folly is still very much an ‘eye catcher’ 250 years on

PROPERTY website Rightmove has revealed its five most-viewed houses so far this year.

Included in this exclusive category is a small castle at Dinton, near Aylesbury, that was featured on the Channel 4 series Grand Designs in 2018.

This two-bedroom octagonally-shaped home is exceptional, having been restored and redesigned to an extremely high standard.

No room is square, every nook and every corner is unique.

The ground floor is one big kitchen/breakfast room, there is a living room on the first floor and two en suite bedrooms on the second floor.

Above that is a roof terrace that offers 360-degree views of the garden and surrounding countryside.

Dinton Castle has a guide price of £765,000 and is on the market with Hamptons International, who can be contacted on 01494 355261.

A spokesperson for Hamptons International said: “The castle was built in 1769 by Sir John Vanhattem as an ‘eye catcher’ to house his fossil and ammonite collection, many of which are visible and worked into the limestone and red brick fabric of the building.

“It presents a rare opportunity to purchase a fascinating Grade II listed folly which has been fully renovated and meticulously restored by the current owners to now provide a remarkable home laid out over three octagonal floors.”

The other places in the top five most-viewed properties on Rightmove so far this year include a seven-bedroom mansion in Cheshire and a tucked-away waterfront home in Cornwall — both on the market for just below the
£4 million mark.

There is also a two-storey Edwardian period home in Scotland on the list, on the market for £1,750,000, and a modern 10-bedroom mansion at Wentworth Golf Club, being sold for an
eye-watering £18,750,000.

Rightmove property expert Miles Shipside said: “It’s always fascinating to see which properties have generated the most public interest and it’s not difficult to see why these five homes are so popular.

“Whether it’s home-hunters looking for design inspiration or people who are curious to glimpse inside top-of-the-market properties, these astoundingly impressive homes each has something special about them.”