WATCH: Historic home goes up for sale

A fourteenth century north Northumberland home complete with pele tower has gone on the market with an asking price of £1.5 million.

Pele House (The Old Vicarage) in Shilbottle is being marketed by Rook Matthews Sayer.

14th Century Pele tower with former Vicarage and Cottage. Picture by Rook Matthews Sayer

14th Century Pele tower with former Vicarage and Cottage. Picture by Rook Matthews Sayer

The defensive tower (dating around 1380) and former vicarage, was remodelled during the 18th Century, mid 19th Century and mid 20th Century.

The property was seized and was under the ownership of the crown from 1403 until 1461.

The tower is in the 1415 list of castles and fortalices in the Harleian manuscripts which were compiled for King Henry V to inform him of his strength on the Scottish Border before he left for his battle at Agincourt.

The three storey pele tower incorporates medieval masonry and parapet with spiral stone stairs leading out to the crenulated roof top.

The agents say: ‘The former vicarage provides elegant and spacious living accommodation, sympathetically upgraded to contemporary living whilst retaining all the charm of such an ancient building.

‘It has a cottage/annexe over the garage extending the living space or as a holiday letting option.

‘The property incorporates modern bio-mass heating which is interchangeable with the mains gas Worcester Bosch condensing boiler, which was installed in 2011. Both alternatives providing very economical heating costs.

‘Many windows are of Gothic arch design with internal shutters and afford good views out over the gardens, and the adjacent church and churchyard.

‘The former Victorian wash house has been converted, again in keeping with the Gothic style, to a studio workshop.

‘The formal gardens are a delight with gravelled paths, archways, patio areas, lawns with an abundance of flowering plants and shrubs, fruit trees and shrubs.

‘This is a specialist property affording quirky and generous accommodation full of character and history. Only an internal inspection can fully understand and appreciate the full extent of the accommodation on offer.’