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Unveiling the Rich Heritage of Solton Manor

A Journey from the Past to the Modern Era

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Nestled in the picturesque countryside of Kent, England, Solton Manor emerges as a testament to architectural grandeur. This extraordinary manor house, distinguished by its Grade II listing, has entertained visitors for centuries. With its exciting and diverse past, Solton Manor stands as a living monument to the tales and individuals who have shaped its character over time.
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A portrait of a young gentleman...

One remarkable figure, who shaped Solton Manor’s past, takes centre stage – Sir John Finet. Not only was he born within the walls of this beautiful estate, but he also inherited its rich legacy. His ancestral lineage traces back to a grandfather who accompanied Cardinal Campeggio to England, eventually marrying a maid-of-honor to Catherine of Aragon and settling in the region.

Sir John’s upbringing at Court propelled him to become the esteemed Master of Ceremonies for both James I and Charles I, leaving an indelible imprint on the manor’s historical tapestry. A compelling portrait of Sir John, skilfully crafted by the renowned artist Tintoretto, can still be admired today at the esteemed National Portrait Gallery.

"Solton Manor stands unbeatable in regards to historic estates in Kent, effortlessly weaving together the past and present"

...And a 'dangerous rogue'

In stark contrast to Sir John Finet, the enterprising Arthur Burr assumed ownership of Solton Manor during the early 1900s. Burr, known for his venturesome spirit, played a pivotal role in the development of the Kent coalfields for nearly two decades. His monumental contributions to the region earned him the prestigious Freedom of Dover in 1913, hailed as one of the city’s greatest benefactors.

Nevertheless, Burr’s narrative took a tragic turn when he faced legal action in 1914 for fraud and the misappropriation of shareholders’ funds. The judge, in a scathing indictment, branded him a ‘dangerous rogue’, resulting in a guilty verdict and subsequent bankruptcy. Burr’s demise in 1919 left behind a legacy of scandal and misfortune, forever intertwined with Solton Manor’s intricate history.

Solton Manor - weddign venue in Kent.
“With its exciting and diverse past, Solton Manor stands as a living monument to the tales and individuals who have shaped its character over time
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From farm to fairytale wedding venue

Prior to the previous owners, in the early 1990s, Solton Manor served as a bustling working farm. However, recognising the untapped potential within its expansive period outbuildings, they embarked on a transformative journey, converting the space into an enchanting wedding venue. Today, the manor sits within approximately 8½ acres of meticulously landscaped gardens, with captivating wildlife ponds, picturesque stone ruins, alluring woodlands, and inviting paddocks, all perfect for the fairytale wedding many brides dream of.

Full of Tudor grandeur

As you step into the main house, a mesmerising core feature reveals itself, a meticulously crafted front door with oak frames and exquisite embellishments. The first floor stands as a testament to the manor’s heritage, boasting Tudor oak-plank doors that present a sense of timeless charm. The remarkably tall ceilings and well- proportioned rooms deviate from the conventional norms of the era, adding a sense of grandeur to the residence. However, the pièce de résistance is the Great Hall, showcasing an original Tudor fireplace that commands attention and serves as the focal point of the space.

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Flexible accommodation that's old and new

In tune with contemporary living, Solton Manor features a renovated kitchen/breakfast room, seamlessly blending modern convenience with timeless elegance, allowing for guests to self cater. Additionally, a dedicated converted games room offers a haven for leisure and relaxation, providing an ideal escape within the manor’s embrace – perfect for big family stays or company retreats. With ten cozy bedrooms and five bath/shower rooms, with the addition of two double bedrooms in Dovecote cottage, the manor effortlessly accommodates staycations, wedding parties and company stays.

 

Solton Manor stands unbeatable in regards to historic estates in Kent, effortlessly weaving together the past and present. With a captivating history and beautiful surroundings, this extraordinary country house presents a truly unparalleled opportunity to partake in a chapter of its heritage.