Fit for royalty! Georgian manor house once owned by Henry VIII’s brother Arthur Prince of Wales goes on market for £1.7million
A magnificent Georgian manor house once owned by King Henry VIII’s brother has gone on the market for £1.7million.
Kateshill House was originally part of Tickenhill Manor, the home of Henry VII’s eldest son Arthur Prince of Wales, where he was married by proxy to Catherine of Aragon in 1499.
At the time the property was called Hillside House but the name was later changed to Kateshill as Catherine of Braganza, King Charles II’s wife, spent many hours on the hill enjoying the view.
Picture of Kateshill House, a grand Georgian manor that was once owned by King Henry VIII’s brother and now on the market for £1.7million
Tickenhill was the medieval council house of the Lords President of the Marches of Wales and served as a royal residence
Arthur and Catherine of Aragon lived there for a month after their marriage before moving to Ludlow Castle for Arthur to govern Wales
The Grade II Listed property, which is currently run as an award-winning B&B, has a chestnut tree in the 1.8-acre grounds that is thought to be at least 450 years old.
The house in Bewdley, Worcestershire, was built around 1750 and was once part of a much larger estate.
Tickenhill was the medieval council house of the Lords President of the Marches of Wales and served as a royal residence.
Arthur and Catherine of Aragon lived there for a month after their marriage before moving to Ludlow Castle for Arthur to govern Wales.
He fell ill just a few months later and died on April 2, aged 15.
It was also the home of Sir Henry Sidney, Lord High Admiral, who was posted there to organise the defence of the Welsh Marches and the birthplace of poet Mary Sidney, one of the first English women to gain major repute for her poetry.
In more recent times, it was also the home of naturalist and author Norman Hickin until his death in 1990.
It has now been refurbished by the current owners and has 21st-century comforts while retaining its original grandeur.
The Grade II Listed property, which is currently run as an award-winning B&B, has a chestnut tree in the 1.8-acre grounds that is thought to be at least 450 years old
The manor has now been refurbished by the current owners and has 21st-century comforts while retaining its original grandeur
The house has 8,515 sq ft of living space over four floors with a kitchen/breakfast room, several storerooms and an en suite bedroom on the lower ground floor and a reception hall, drawing room, sitting room, another kitchen/breakfast room and an impressive 31ft dining room on the ground floor.
The top two floors each have four bedrooms, all of which have en suite bathrooms and stunning views either of the Severn Valley.
The gardens include a large lawn area, the wooded glade with the ancient tree, a productive vegetable garden and fruit cages.
Charles Probert, from estate agents Knight Frank, said: ‘Kateshill House is a very handsome Georgian house.
‘It’s on the edge of town and slightly uphill overlooking the town, but you’ve got an acre and a bit of grounds which makes it feel like a country house but you’re within walking distance of everything.
‘It’s a large and old house, which could mean money pit, but this house has been well looked after.
‘The most serious interest has come from people looking for a family home.
‘I think people are initially interested for the character of the building and the location but once they see it they do love the romanticism of the history.
‘That chestnut tree is quite a thing when you see it, it’s fantastic. All the history helps you fall in love with the house.’
Who was Prince Arthur and Catherine of Aragon?
Prince Arthur of Wales was the son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York and was born on September 19 or 20 in 1486.
His brother was Henry VIII and he was first in line to the throne.
He was declared Prince of Wales by the age of three.
Henry VII had won the War of the Roses and imposed the Tudor supremacy, uniting the houses of York and Lancaster.
When he was just a baby, he was promised in marriage to Catherine of Aragon, the daughter of Spanish monarchs Isabella and Ferdinand.
This had political significance by strengthening the relations between England and Spain, which would be useful against France.
But unfortunately, less than a year into their marriage, Prince Arthur died of the ‘sweating disease’, an illness that was spreading across London.
Catherine caught the illness too but survived due to her good physical health, whereas Arthur was already in a worrying state of health.
The illness struck England as an epidemic on five occasions in 1485, 1508, 1517, 1528, and 1551.
The cause of the disease remains unknown and disappeared mysteriously.