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For Sale   Price: £720,000
"Prince's Lodge" SP00150
St.Pauls Click here to download a printable version of this information (PDF, 2.5MB)

  Prestigious 3-bedroom colonial house with 2-bedroom cottage
Large plot, splendid views, with picture collection

General Description The property consists of the main house, Prince’s Lodge, which is a colonial-era listed two-storey house built in 1808, including 3 bedrooms on the first floor, and a separate studio flat on the ground floor, together with Drake’s Cottage, a self-contained 2-bedroom bungalow, built in 2006 by the current owner.

The two buildings are loosely connected by a converted garage that now serves as a covered outdoor space, all occupying the southern end of the 2 acre plot, with the front of the houses facing north (towards the sun) and looking imperiously down the valley.

The front of the main house sports a covered veranda, which issues on to a lower tiled patio which includes a raised pool.

In front of the patio is the driveway, which curves gently to the gate and issues via a private driveway on to the main road opposite the road that leads up to the High Knoll Fort.

Of significant importance is the collection of heritage-class artworks focusing on the Island of St.Helena and its history, comprising about 500 pictures, etchings, prints, maps, lithographs, aquarelles, engravings and other articles.

Location Find on Google Maps here
Nr High Knoll Fort, St.Pauls

The property is situated across the main road from the entrance to the road to High Knoll Fort, at the top of Red Hill.

About St.Helena

Discovered in 1502 by Joao da Nova, it was used mainly as a stopover for ships wishing to restock with fresh water and harvest the plentiful trees for wood. But the Portuguese never settled the island permanently.

In 1657, the English East India Company was granted governorship of the Island, and the first Governor, Sir John Dutton, arrived the following year. Then in 1661, King James II issued a Royal Charter, fully legitimising the occupation.

After from a brief period during which the Dutch took possession of the Island, the English East India Company retook the island in 1673 and King Charles II issued a new Charter granting full title of the Island to the Company.

1815 saw the arrival of St.Helena’s most famous inhabitant, Napoleon Bonaparte, together with a garrison of British troops, and in 1833, St.Helena became a formal Crown colony. It was around this time that many of the now listed buildings in the country were constructed (ref: Crallan Report 1974)

While St.Helena’s history has generally centred on the sea and shipping, the future seems to be more focused on air travel with the opening of the St.Helena International Airport in 2017. The Island is situated at about 16°S 6°W, so lies very close to the Greenwich meridian and within the tropics. A flight from Johannesburg in South Africa currently takes about 6 hours and operates once or twice a week at the moment.

St.Helena’s devotion to the UK monarchy is legendary, and was not damaged when in 1981, British citizenship was mistakenly overlooked in the passing of the British Nationality Act. Thankfully, the mistake was corrected and citizenship was fully restored in 2002.

Saints speak English and use St.Helena Pounds and UK Sterling as its currency. The climate is mild, with an annual wet season rather than a winter.

History of the property

Built in 1808, the main house was owned by a succession of dignitaries until leased eventually to a Mr Richard Prince, from whom the name of the house originates. Subsequent owners or tenants were Governor Harper in 1925, H.W.Solomon in 1932, the then Bishop of St.Helena in 1961 (when the property was known as Bishopsholme), and finally to the current owner, Robin Castell, who now resides in South Africa.

The house is now the home of the Castell Collection, consisting of about 500 framed watercolours, etchings, prints maps, aquarelles, engravings and articles about St Helena Island.

In 2006, the Drake’s Cottage bungalow was added.

The house with its collection is currently open to the public for viewing and visitor tours are frequently organised for tourists

Detailed Description
(See “Note concerning fixtures, fittings and furnishings included in the sale”.)

The property comprises mainly two separate buildings

• Prince’s Lodge
• Drake’s Cottage

Prince’s Lodge contains a self-contained Studio Flat, described separately. The following describes these two buildings separately, although the sale includes them both and there is no intention that they be sold separately.

The description of the Outside is common to both.


Prince's Lodge


The main house includes a separate Studio Flat with its own entrance.

The layout of the main house is common to several houses built in the same period, with the front door opening on to a spacious Entrance, leading to a Hall containing the main staircase. A Lounge and a separate Dining Room lead off the Entrance, while the Kitchen and what was a separate reception room (now the Studio Flat) leading from the Hall.

Additions to the original house include a Breakfast Room for the Studio flat, a downstairs Toilet, Storeroom, Laundry Room and Utility Room.

At the front of the house is a covered Verandah.

Unless otherwise mentioned, all floors are of treated pine boards, some with carpet covering.

On the Ground Floor

Entrance 5.5m x 2.5m space. Leads via archway to adjoining Hall. Doors to Lounge and Dining Room.

Lounge 5.5m x 6.0m space, with open fireplace, two double inward-opening glass-paned doors leading to South to Covered Verandah; hanging candelabra (electric).Door to Hall.

Dining Room 5.5m x 6.0m space, two windows to South overlooking Covered Verandah..Door to Hall.

Hall 5.0m x 4.0m space, with main staircase leading to First Floor, door to Toilet, door to Kitchen, door to Studio Flat (now not used).

Kitchen 7.0m x 4.0m space, with ceramic tiled floor, built in locally-made kitchen, with double electric oven and gas hob. Window to south, door to Laundry. The Kitchen also includes a back staircase leading to Bedroom 3.

Studio Flat See below.

Other rooms Toilet

Accessed from door in the Hall, also leading to...

Also with door to exterior.
  Laundry Room

Accessed from door in the Kitchen. Door to exterior, also door leading to...
  Utility Room

Also with door to Garage


On the First Floor

Stairwell Including a Landing, which extends southwards to provide access to Bedroom 1 and Bedroom 2 and the main Staircase leading to the Ground Floor. Door to Bedroom 3 and Family Bathroom. Window to South.

Bedroom 1 5.5m x 8.4m space (except for extension to Landing), three windows to north, window to west.

Bedroom 2 5.5m x 6.5m space, two windows to north, window to east, door to En Suite.

  En Suite.

4.0m x 3.5m space, including bath, shower, toilet and wash-hand basin.
Bedroom 3 4.0m x 7.0m space, two windows to south, window to west, back staircase to Kitchen.

Family Bathroom 4.0m x 3.5m space, including bath, shower, toilet and wash-hand basin.

Studio flat (on Ground floor)

A self-contained accommodation unit, accessed separately from the outside, and now closed off from access from inside the main house. (This closure can be reversed)

The flat comprises:


7.0m x 4.0m space, but includes separate spaces for Kitchen and Shower Room, window to south. Door to Breakfast room.

Kitchen 2.0m x 1.8m space, window to south.

Shower Room 3.0m x 1.8m space, with shower cubicle, toilet and wash-hand basin. Window to east.

Breakfast Room 2.5m x 3.5m space, window to east, exterior door to north leading to Covered Verandah.



Drake's Cottage

The bungalow has one exterior door and a double French window, both leading to the Lounge/Dining Room


5.3m x 5.0m space, with archway to Hall, window to south.

Hall 4.7m x 1.2m space, with archway to Kitchen, doors to Bedroom 1, Bedroom 2 and Bathroom.

Kitchen 3.1m x 1.5m space, with archway to Hall.

Bedroom 1 3.1m x 3.0m space, window to south.

Bedroom 2 3.6m x 2.4m space, two windows to south
Bathroom L-shaped space, with maximum dimensions 3.5m x 2.1m, with bath, toilet and wash-hand basin



The plot is roughly rectangular, occupying 2.0 acres. The buildings are situated at the southern end, with the driveway from the main road sweeping in a curve to in front of the main house and extending to the front of the Drake’s Cottage.

The main house and the cottage are connected loosely by what was originally a Garage, but which has now been converted into a covered outdoor space, useful for family barbecues and such like. One side of this space has been sectioned off as an outside storeroom. There is also a small outside lavatory.

The patio, an outdoor tiled area in front of the main house Veranda, extends to the west and includes a small raised pool, useful for bathing but probably too small for swimming.

The grounds extend in a gentle downward slope to the north (the direction of the sun), and include lawns, gardens, shrubs and trees. A separate drive is under construction which would be useful if the lower part of the plot were excised for the construction of a separate property. .


Total footprint (covered space only)

Prince’s Lodge: 2,809 sq.ft (or 261 sq.m) – including Studio Flat and Veranda
Drake’s Cottage: 667 sq.ft (or 62 sq.m) – not including Garage

Total usable floor space

All indoor floors 4,564 sq.ft (or 424 sq.m)

(approximate only)


Gallery - Main house
Lounge >
Dining Room >
Kitchen >
Main staircase >
Bedroom 1 >
Bedroom 3 >
Private driveway >
Verandah/Patio >
View of grounds
from front door>
Gallery - Main house (Studio Flat)
Lounge/Bedroom >
Breakfast Room >
Gallery - Drake's Cottage
Lounge >
Bedroom 1
Kitchen >
Frontage with lawn >

More images of main house

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Entrance Fireplace Picture collection Bathroom  

Note concerning fixtures, fittings and furnishings included in the sale

The property is offered for sale including all fixtures and fittings. With the exception of a few personal items, the furniture is also included.

Furthermore, the sale include the collection of approximately 500 pictures, etchings, prints, maps, lithographs, aquarelles, engravings and other articles.

With these items included, all three accommodation units are suitable for immediate occupation.



Services Water, electricity, telephone/internet, radio coverage (no local TV aerial installed). Sewerage services provided by septic tank in the grounds.

Furnishings See Note concerning fixtures, fittings and furnishings included in the sale

Access The property is served via private driveway from the public road
Condition The condition of the property is good.

Some of the grounds have been untended for some time and are in need of attention.

Tenure Freehold
Land Registry
This information is an extract from documents held at the Land Registry and is provided for convenience only. Readers must not rely on this information in any legal sense. Please refer to the Land Registrar for definitive extracts.
The property for sale occupies the following plot:

Scotland Registration Section, Parcel 411, 2.00 acres
  • Title is Absolute, tenure is Freehold

  • No extant incumbrances or appurtenances

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Please note: The information contained within these particulars has been approved by the vendor and/or his/her representative and is believed to be accurate. All measurements are approximate and for guidance only. The vendor reserves the right to remove any fixtures and fittings, floor coverings, curtains or appliances unless specific arrangements are made for their inclusion in the sale. None of the electrical, heating or plumbing systems have been tested.