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Previous owners of the estate include knights with connections to the royal court. The first was Sir Thomas Fludd, who added the south-west wing of the house in the late 16th-century. He was Elizabeth I’s Treasurer of War and responsible for funding her forces in France and Holland. The second, Sir William Cage, created the expansive reception rooms of the current house. He received his knighthood in 1660 for being one of the leaders of the Royalist cavalcade. His son, another William Cage, built the Baroque front block around 1713 and commissioned the murals on the walls and ceiling of the staircase, which still exist today. As one of the leading Kent families, the Cages intermarried with the family of Jane Austen, who became a regular visitor of the house and detailed Milgate in her letters.

Murals, paintings and sculptures in the entrance way by the staircase

Andy Scott / Savills

The current owners bought Milgate in 2000 and have meticulously restored and updated the house for contemporary living and the next chapter of its storied history.

‘Milgate is simply one of the best country homes available in the South East,’ notes Phillipa Dalby-Welsh, from Savills Country Department. ‘But when you add to the home’s architectural significance over 600 years of illustrious history, you start to understand how much of an important and unique house this is. With links to two monarchs and Jane Austen, through to being owned by a Pulitzer-prize winning poet, Milgate House is ready for the next chapter of its history and will make a very special opportunity for its next custodians.’

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