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British History

Anything relating to British history except for the Wars of Roses, the Tudors and 17th Century Stuff. (They're on different boards.)

Entrance: The gates to Horton Priory, controlled by the Cluniac order of monks before the dissolution of the monasteries

Austere: This hallway gives an indication of the sparse conditions once endured by the monks at Horton

Panelling: The living room contains wood panels in the Tudor style of its former royal owners

Parking: Perhaps the ultimate sign of modernity is shown in the fact that the house has parking for multiple cars

Thirsty: Horton Priory has an air-conditioned wine cellar which has space for hundreds of bottles

Games: One room features a snooker table for the use of the new multi-millionaire owner

Dining room: The house contains an original 14th-century fireplace which would once have been a major focal point for residents

Take a dip: The installation of a swimming pool was part of the programme of improvements which turned the priory into a luxury house

Fore! The house includes a driving range for its wealthy new owner to practice his golf putting

Relaxation: A spare bedroom in the house, which has a total of 11 bedrooms and is Grade I-listed

Pond: A miniature lake with a bird house takes up part of the land surrounding the mansion

Picturesque: The living room of the house looks out onto the grounds, which span 55 acres including a variety of orchards

Grand: The reading room and library of the house, which was once owned by Henry VIII and Elizabeth I before passing into private hands

Convenient: Despite the home's historic interest, it still had to be renovated to meet the expectations of modern buyers

Fore! The house includes a driving range for its wealthy new owner to practice his golf putting

Expensive: But the price tag is justified by the home's bucolic setting and outdoor swimming pool

Mod cons: Horton Priory has now been redesigned to make it fit for modern living with luxury bathrooms

Great hall: The home is centred around a long gallery which would once have been where the monks took their meals

Comfortable: The interiors of the home are now a far cry from when it was the spartan setting for a Cluniac monastery