HOUSE hunters have a rare opportunity to purchase a property built inside Netley Castle.

If you want to own your own piece of local history with all the benefits of modern interior then purchasing a property inside this former artillery fort, constructed by Henry VII, might be the ideal move for you.

Netley Castle has history dating all the way back to 1542 when it formed part of the King's plan to protect against invasion from France and the Holy Roman Empire.

The castle included a central, stone keep with two flanking gun platforms and was garrisoned by ten men it was later decommissioned during the English Civil War.

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Now the castle has been converted into stunning apartments which retain a wealth of both charm and character.

Currently on the market for £795,000, this spacious second floor apartment comes with a large roof terrace that enjoys panoramic sea views and its own garage.

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The castle is approached via a sweeping driveway that leads up to a set of original oak double doors.

Upon opening the doors you are greeted by a stunning entrance hall complete with an Inglenook fireplace, original exposed beams and an impressive oak staircase.

Once you have climbed the stairs you will find the property, inside there is a huge 34 foot entrance hall with a short staircase at one end of the hallway that leads up to a set of French doors and out onto the roof terrace.

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From one end of the hallway there is a door that leads through to a lovely bright sitting room which has a window overlooking the beach and Southampton water and a cast iron fireplace to one wall.

You will also find a kitchen and dining room which previous owners have used as a third bedroom.

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The master bedroom has a window to the rear overlooking the sea as well as an en-suite and plenty of built-in storage space.

The castle is set in approximately six acres of beautiful mature grounds and gardens as well as being only a short stroll away from the shoreline and the beautiful Royal Victoria Country Park.

For more information view the Zoopla listing here or call White & Guard Estate Agents on 023 8221 5345.