With the new, eagerly awaited Harry Potter film set to hit cinemas this Friday, the gothic splendour of Hogwarts Castle, will be dominating our screens once again. The magnificent castle, its façade decorated with towers, turrets and spires, is one such architectural gem that provides a fine example of Gothic style, and will surely leave many viewers looking for their own Hogwarts inspired home.
The distinctive Grade II Listed buildings at The Galleries in Brentwood boast an impressive array of Victorian Gothic architecture, similar to that of Alnwick Castle; best known as the location for Hogwarts, the School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, which Harry attends. Currently being transformed by City & Country Group into a landmark residential development, painstaking restoration has uncovered several gothic features at The Galleries, including decorative stonework, figurative carvings and gothic arched windows, which have all been kept and combined with contemporary architectural restoration.
First opening its doors in 1853 as a convalescent hospital, The Galleries boasts magnificent cloisters, which are particularly reminiscent of Hogwarts and surround the beautifully landscaped courtyard gardens, designed for all residents to enjoy. In Harry Potter, cloisters were used as the corridors of Hogwarts and were the setting for ghost scenes. The talking pictures in The Philosopher’s Stone, and the overflowing bathrooms in the Chamber of Secrets were also filmed in the cloisters.
Remarkably similar in gothic style, is the omnipresent Clock Tower at Hogwarts, and The Galleries very own imposing Clock Tower. The prestigious Clock Tower is a landmark of The Galleries, and all of the apartments within it boast an abundance of distinctive architectural features, which have been restored and integrated to provide the ultimate in modern living within a traditional setting. The unusual spaces and range of unique features genuinely sets the apartments in The Clock Tower apart from other schemes currently available on the market.
The distinctive Grade II Listed Victorian Gothic buildings at The Galleries have been converted into a collection of 100 high quality apartments and unique homes. Each has had a bespoke kitchen designed and includes a range of integrated stainless steel appliances and the bathrooms incorporate white sanitaryware and chrome fittings. Throughout the properties, top quality flooring has been provided including 100% wool carpets, ceramic floor tiles and either engineered oak boards or restored original floorboards and parquet.
The Galleries is located in Warley, on the fringe of the popular commuter town of Brentwood, where there is a variety of shops, restaurants and cafés. Close by, Brentwood Railway Station has direct services into London Liverpool Street, which take approximately 35minutes.
Helen Moore, Managing Director at City & Country Group Residential, comments: “With the Harry Potter series having captured the imagination of millions of fans around the world, the gothic architecture of Hogwarts has been seen and admired by many. At The Galleries we have worked hard to fuse the beautiful gothic architecture of the Victorian buildings, with the best in contemporary design. We find that the combination of traditional craftsmanship and high-quality, modern specifications, attracts a wide range of buyers looking for a beautiful home with a difference.”
Prices at The Galleries start from £310,000 for a two bedroom apartment, £395,000 for a three bedroom apartment and £499,950 for a two bedroom duplex. For those keen to find out more about purchasing a property at The Galleries, the on-site sales suite is open daily between 10am and 5pm. For further information, contact City & Country Group on telephone: 01277 20 21 22 or visit: www.the-galleries.net.
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