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Be lord of your own manor! Medieval castle that comes with its own title and was first owned by William the Conqueror's wife Queen Matilda goes on sale for £1 million

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 14/08/2019 Alisha Buaya For Mailonline
Matilda of Flanders, the wife of William the Conqueror © Culture Club/Getty Images Matilda of Flanders, the wife of William the Conqueror

A grade II-listed Medieval castle with historical connections to William the Conqueror has hit the market at just under £1million.

The stunning home - known as King John's Castle - in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, is up for sale at £975,000.

Owner's of the home will also recieve titles of Lord or Lady of the Manor of Mythe and Mythe Hook, which is understood to have been given by King John and conveyed from owner to owner.  

a large brick building with grass in front of a house: Grade II-listed Medieval castle, called King John's castle with historical connections to William the Conqueror has hit the market at £975,000 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Grade II-listed Medieval castle, called King John's castle with historical connections to William the Conqueror has hit the market at £975,000 a living room filled with furniture and a fire place: The property in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire combines modern touches with period features such as this stone fireplace © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The property in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire combines modern touches with period features such as this stone fireplace

The two-storey property combines features from its medieval roots and the 16th century, as well as current design touches. 

It has five bedrooms, three bathrooms and three spacious reception rooms - perfect for entertaining guests.

Period elements inside the home include stone doorways, timber doors and beams, stained glass windows, as well as fireplaces.

a living room filled with furniture and a fireplace: One of the reception rooms has French doors that open out to the paved patio that leads out to the back garden © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited One of the reception rooms has French doors that open out to the paved patio that leads out to the back garden a kitchen with an island in the middle of a room: It also has large country style kitchen with an island bench in the centre © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited It also has large country style kitchen with an island bench in the centre It also has modern touches throughout its interior such as a large country style kitchen, French doors and ceiling windows for natural light. 

Outside the home, potential buyers can enjoy a private and beautifully landscaped garden and well-manicure lawn from their patio area or two garden studios on the property. 

A gated driveway leads to a wide parking area, as well as an open bay garaging for guests. 

Who was Queen Matilda?

a close up of a womans face: Matilda of Flanders (c1031-1083). She was Queen Consort of William the Conqueror © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Matilda of Flanders (c1031-1083). She was Queen Consort of William the Conqueror The first owner of the property is believed to be Queen Matilda, wife of William the Conqueror, and lived there between 1066 until 1083.

Known as Matilda of Flanders, she was born in Bruges, Belgium circa 1031. 

She and married William circa 1051-2 at Notre Dame d’Eu, and together they had 10 children.

a living room filled with furniture and a fire place sitting in a chair: The elegantly designed dining room features an exposed stone wall as well as a stone brimmed window sill © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The elegantly designed dining room features an exposed stone wall as well as a stone brimmed window sill a dining room table in front of a window: In the bathroom, the property's timber panels are on show © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited In the bathroom, the property's timber panels are on show The first owner of the property is believed to be Queen Matilda, wife of William the Conqueror, who lived between 1066 and 1083.

The famous Tewkesbury Abbey was also thought to have had free standing chapel on the site prior to the current home being built. 

The property takes its name from a local story of King John, who reigned in the 12th century, who used the grounds as his personal hunting lodge. 

a bedroom with a bed in a room: On the second floor of the home is one of the property's five bedrooms - painted in white to give the space extra light © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited On the second floor of the home is one of the property's five bedrooms - painted in white to give the space extra light a large tree in a garden: Outside the home, potential buyers can enjoy a private and beautifully landscaped garden and well-manicure lawn © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Outside the home, potential buyers can enjoy a private and beautifully landscaped garden and well-manicure lawn Real Estate agents selling the castle it is 'beautifully presented' and that they are expecting a huge amount of interest in it.

Tom Banwell, from Knight Frank, said: 'This is a beautiful lump of a property with an amazing history. 

'It offers the best of both worlds with its classic features and modern living.

a couple of lawn chairs sitting on top of a building: The first owner of the property is believed to be Queen Matilda, wife of William the Conqueror, who lived between 1066 and 1083. The famous Tewkesbury Abbey was also thought to have had free standing chapel on the site prior to the current home being built

The first owner of the property is believed to be Queen Matilda, wife of William the Conqueror, who lived between 1066 and 1083. The famous Tewkesbury Abbey was also thought to have had free standing chapel on the site prior to the current home being built
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'It's quirky which will always draw people in and we'd expect it to attract significant interest. 

'The current owners have kept the property since 2015 but are now looking to sell for business reasons.

'It has great character and should have no problems finding a buyer.' 

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