A “WALK-in wardrobe” which once belonged to Henry VIII and is the size of a HOUSE has gone on the market for £4million.
The Grade I-listed building is one of few surviving parts of Richmond Palace – a once-grand royal residence near the River Thames in south-west London.
It served as a place of storage for the personal possessions and clothing of Tudor monarchs and has now been divided into three homes, one of which is up for sale.
The house measures 2,975 sq ft and comes complete with three bedrooms, a drawing room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room and two bathrooms.
It also has a study and utility room, as well as a summer house in the back garden – and another 1,314 sq ft of storage space in the loft.
The large private garden is boundaried by one of the original palace walls, believed to have once had access through it to the palace chapel.
There’s also a pond and an ancient Judas tree.
The historic property, which is being marketed by Hamptons International, sits between the river and Richmond Green, where Henry VII and Henry VIII once held jousting contests.
Richmond Palace was built by Henry VII on the site of the medieval Sheen Palace, between 1498 and 1501.
Following his death it was used by his son Henry VIII and following his death by his daughter Elizabeth.
It was a favourite of the Queen until she died there in 1603 and continued to be used by the Stuart Princes of Wales after that.
But by 1660 it was in ruins and many of the stones were stolen and sold at the time.
The Wardrobe is the only part of the palace that still exists.
It was given a new facade during the reign of Queen Anne and the work is believed to have been headed up by Sir Christopher Wren.
It remained one house until 1957 when the Crown sympathetically converted it into three.
The property is being sold on a 150-year Crown leasehold, which was granted in July 1997.
PIECE OF HISTORY
Matthew Gilbert, from Hamptons International, said: “It’s got quite an interesting history to it – it’s one of only three bits of the palace that survived.
“The house has some interesting features – almost certainly all of the panelling is original and there are a couple of wooden handcarved fireplaces, one of which has a split pea pod.
“In Tudor times the carvers would carve a pea pod into the design, if it was open and showed the peas it meant the workers had been paid but if the owner did not pay fully they would carve a closed pod.
“You get to this building through the original arch, the gatehouse which also survives, into the courtyard, which is private and just for residents.
“The land it is on is still owned by the crown, ie the royal family, so its a leasehold but this house has quite a long lease on it, which makes it more desirable.
“It’s a very rare opportunity, there are only three of them and they don’t come on the market often. The family that own this one have had it for more than 30 years.
“This house has an enormous garden, even for Richmond,which has larger gardens than a lot of London, this is considered huge.
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“I think it would appeal to a buyer who wants something completely unique in the London property market.
“It’s got that immeasurable wow factor and you can imagine throwing some great dinner parties there. It’s proximity to everything is key.
“Inside the house you could miles away from London, it feels very tucked away, but you’re within a few minutes walk of Richmond high street and right on top of everything.”
The dining room has original features such as beams and windows while the bookcase is packed with literature[/caption]
This bright and airy living room has an original fireplace, traditional beams and wood panelling[/caption]
The house once served as a place of storage for the personal possessions and clothing of the monarchs, including Kings Henry VII and VIII and Elizabeth I[/caption]
One of the living rooms still has the original Tudor-style windows[/caption]
This property has 2,975 sq ft of accommodation with a beautifully spacious entrance hall[/caption]
Inside, the historic property has Tudor panelling and ornate carved fireplaces[/caption]
The Wardrobe is the only part of the palace that still exists – here is one of the bathrooms[/caption]
Estate agents say this property is a rare opportunity to own a piece of history, pictured is one of the drawing rooms[/caption]
The kitchen inside the period house also has space for dining in[/caption]
One of the bedrooms inside the home, which was once part of Richmond Palace[/caption]
One of the bedrooms pictured here is massive with high ceilings and beautiful big windows[/caption]
The current owner has kept with the period style of furniture, with stunning pieces of oak wood sideboards and chaise lounge[/caption]
The house still nods to some of the palace’s original features such as these stunning pillars outside[/caption]
The house may be a huge £4million – but it does have some beautiful outdoor green space[/caption]
The floorplan for the property, known as the Wardrobe, which was eventually divided into three houses[/caption]
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