A magnificent Kent mansion linked to the monarchs and once frequented by famous novelist Jane Austen is on the market for £ 5million.

Milgate House is a country house in Thurnham near Maidstone, built between the mid to late 16th century.

The Grade I listed building has hosted a number of high profile personalities over the years and was even mentioned in letters from Jane Austen, who had visited the property on several occasions.

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Phillippa Dalby-Welsh, Savills Country Department, said: “Milgate House itself is quite an extraordinary house.

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“With an abundance of period features that have been expertly restored under the supervision of its current owners, as well as state-of-the-art amenities perfect for modern living, Milgate is quite simply one of the best country houses available in the South East .

“But when you add to the architectural significance of the house over 600 years of illustrious history, you begin to understand how important and unique it is.

Milgate House retains many of its original features
Milgate House retains many of its original features

“With ties to two monarchs and Jane Austen, right down to being a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Milgate House is ready for the next chapter in its history and will be a very special opportunity for its next guardians.”

Milgate House’s history dates back to 1361, but the property’s watermills – hence the name – are considered to be much older.

Pieces of a Roman millstone have recently been found in the creek bed and although no trace of Roman habitation has been found, there are traces of a medieval building under and to the side of the hall. eat current and a medieval stone tunnel passes under the house.

Milgate housed two knights with ties to the royal court, including Sir Thomas Fludd, who was Queen Elizabeth I’s war treasurer.

The property has been restored with modern amenities
The property has been restored with modern amenities

The house was then purchased by the Cage family around 1624, who owned the property for 300 years.

Sir William Cage received his title of knight in 1660 for having been one of the leaders of the royalist cavalcade across the county which led to the restoration of the Stuart monarchy.

The Cage family were well respected in Kent and married the family of Jane Austen’s brother Edward.

As a result, Jane Austen has visited the property on numerous occasions and even referred to Milgate House in her letters, speaking of her familiarity with the family and their estate.

Milgate House has landscaped gardens and grounds with a lake
Milgate House has landscaped gardens and grounds with a lake

Various other notable residents have owned the property since, including Walter Fremlin, the main local brewer, and Lady Caroline Blackwood and her husband, Pulitzer-laureate Robert Lowell.

Lowell even summed up the history of the house in his poem “Fall Weekend at Milgate”, which says:

“Milgate has stood for four centuries.

“Good owner alternating with the wreck.

The property has nine bedrooms and seven bathrooms
The property has nine bedrooms and seven bathrooms

“Most fell in between. We’re homeowners for the weekend and are watching October get mild.

“The midday heat draws the poison from the tansy brick and invites the wilderness to our door ……”

The house itself is described by Savills as “an important and distinctive family home, with impressive and beautiful interiors”.

It has been meticulously restored by the current owners and redesigned for contemporary living with all modern amenities and access to a large southwest terrace from four of the main rooms.

Milgate House is described as a "distinctive family home" with "impressive interiors"
Milgate House is described as a “distinctive family home” with “impressive interiors”

Milgate House has nine bedrooms, seven bathrooms and five living areas, additional secondary accommodation with four further bedrooms, extensive outbuildings and a garage, as well as landscaped gardens and grounds with a lake.

Milgate is located about a mile from the center of the village of Bearsted which has a bakery, butcher, newsagent, village hall, two country pubs and a train station with direct service to London Victoria.

Andrew Harwood, Sevenoaks Office Manager at Strutt & Parker, said: “Milgate House is an exceptional property, its beauty is remarkable both inside and out.

The impressive property previously belonged to two knights
The impressive property previously belonged to two knights

“The gardens and grounds don’t disappoint and are some of the most beautiful I’ve seen.

“Classified I, the house has undergone a careful and thoughtful renovation by the current owners, completed with the greatest respect for its fascinating provenance.”

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