This 15th-century farmhouse once belonged to the Archbishop of Canterbury

Phoebe Grant
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Photo credit: Kellie Spicknell
Photo credit: Kellie Spicknell

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THE PROPERTY: This splendid six-bedroom house dates back to 1450 and is one of the oldest homes in Britain. Originally the farmhouse of the Addington Palace Estate, it later became the summer abode of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Now named Addington House, it has been carefully updated to maintain its historic character while providing modern family living within a convenient distance of London.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Knight Frank
Photo credit: Courtesy of Knight Frank

THE LOCATION: Surrounded by more than an acre of green land in the Addington Village Conservation Area, Addington House is just four miles outside of Croydon town centre, where you can find easy rail links into London Bridge and Victoria in about 14 and 16 minutes respectively, as well as several excellent schools.

Photo credit: Kellie Spicknell
Photo credit: Kellie Spicknell

THE INTERIOR: Tastefully designed with an elegant finish, the house retains a wealth of period features, including inglenook fireplaces, mediaeval beams, 15th-century staircases and a Tudor bread oven. With seven reception-rooms as well as a cinema-room, games-room, a wellness suite and a beautiful exposed-brick wine cellar, there is ample space for entertaining.

Photo credit: Kellie Spicknell
Photo credit: Kellie Spicknell

WHY WE LOVE IT: While this house has all the mod cons, including an outdoor pool, bar and lounge area, its fascinating history is the jewel in its crown. It was also once part of Henry VIII’s hunting grounds and subterranean tunnels are said to link the Addington Estate to Wickham Court, where his majesty used to secretly visit Anne Boleyn.

Photo credit: Kellie Spicknell
Photo credit: Kellie Spicknell

BUY NOW: £2,950,000 with Knight Frank.