House where Henry VIII danced with Anne Boleyn goes up for sale

Restoration of Yaldham Manor complete

The exterior of Yaldham Manor

A fourteenth-century manor house where Henry VIII wooed Anne Boleyn has gone on the market for £3.5 million.

One of the windows at Yaldham Manor in Kent still bears the signature of Anne, whose family lived at nearby Hever Castle, and who went on to become Henry's second wife. Scratched into the glass some time in the 1520s, it spells her name 'Bollen'.

Anne Boleyn's signature at Yaldham Manor

The Grade-II listed house is set in 30 acres and has recently been restored. It has eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms, along with seven reception rooms.

The house's most dramatic feature is its Great Hall, in which Henry and Anne are believed to have danced together while Henry was still married to his first wife, Katherine of Aragon.

It's one of the few stone built halls in Kent still left in anything close to its original form - a huge room with a vaulted, beamed ceiling and a large window bearing the heraldic crest of the Peckham family, which owned the house until 1713.

The Great Hall at Yaldham Manor

Yaldham Manor is now being sold by developer Artesian Property Partnership, which has carried out the renovation since buying the house in 2007.

Sadly, the original floors have gone, but they've been replaced with engineered oak. And the kitchen and bathrooms are a long way from sixteenth-century standards. The kitchen boasts granite work surfaces and integrated Miele appliances including dishwasher, fridge, freezer, wine cooler and no fewer than three ovens.

Outside, there are 30 acres of land in all, including eight acres of gardens with a rose garden, tennis court, specimen trees, lawns and pond, all enclosed by a ha-ha. Beyond is parkland, and a long drive lined with lime trees.

And there are several other properties on the estate, including a four-bedroom oast house and two-bedroom converted granary.

Henry finally married Anne in January 1533, despite opposition from the Pope - starting the process that led to the separation of the Church of England from Rome.

Later that year, she gave birth to a daughter, Elizabeth, but when three miscarriages followed, Henry despaired of an heir. Anne was charged with treason, and beheaded in May 1538; Henry went on to marry Jane Seymour.

Let's hope any future romances at the house go rather more smoothly.

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