We take a look at the best houses that have come up for sale via Country Life in the last few weeks, from a superb Cambridgeshire estate to a delightful, Austen-esque country house in Somerset.
Even the orangery is listed in this hugely impressive 19th century house, with a 14 bedrooms, a string of further properties and over 400 acres of land.
A project for the brave of heart and deep of pocket, but this former school site has astonishing potential for redevelopment. The vendors are also happy to split the sale into six lots.
An elegant yet classic country house set within six acres of beautifully landscaped gardens on the outskirts of Dartmoor.
Millaton House is decorated to a superb standard and unites period features with fresh, bright colours for a unique twist.
The whole property oozes luxury, with an indoor swimming pool, sauna, tennis court, gym and cinema room.
Castle House is a Grade I-listed townhouse in the centre of the historic county town of Buckingham, located on West Street, with 10 bedrooms and an acre and a half of gardens.
An 18th century stone-built farmhouse that’s been entirely renovated within, with a paddock and outbuildings included.
Lilford Hall Estate is the epitome of historic architecture in a parkland setting, a 32,406 sq ft Grade I-listed Jacobean manor house on the River Nene, in 317 acres of land.
A grand country house situated on the outskirts of South Pool, with direct water access to the Salcombe Estuary.
With exquisite examples of Georgian architecture, Scoble House has transformed over the centuries from a farm, to a gentleman’s house to its current state as a family home.
Period features are a staple feature throughout the property and include Georgian windows and shutters and an inglehook fireplace.
A Grade II-listed, 19th century, seven-bedroom house with gated driveway, over 5000 sq ft of space, approximately 0.36 acres of enclosed garden and within walking distance of the amenities of Towcester.
Originally dating from the 16th century, with the addition of a 17th-century bake house, five-bedroom, 5,035sq ft Bedford Farmhouse is a charming, Grade II-listed property.
Among the many atmospheric details are exposed beams, the staircase’s beautiful oak joinery and the vaulted ceiling in the lovely drawing room.
The master bedroom is also striking, with windows framing long views of the neighbouring valley.
Delightful Grade II listed farmhouse with two holiday let cottages set in beautiful grounds of about 2 acres backing onto woodland.
Situated two miles from Horley and within easy reach of Redhill, four-bedroom Oak Cross House enjoys fine views over the Surrey countryside.
Designed in the early 20th century by Blunden Shadbolt in his particular brand of Tudor Revival style, it has many charming features in the 3,122sq ft interiors, including brick beehive cowl fireplaces, vaulted ceilings in several rooms (including the master suite) and a striking wooden staircase. Outside, the courtyard, with its heated swimming pool, is ideal for outdoor entertaining.
An impressive manor house with great presence, set in secluded gardens with a separate cottage and substantial outbuilding.
A landmark Grade II* period home sits in Much Hadham, one of Hertfordshire’s most favoured villages, offering an abundance of charm and character with grand reception areas.
A six bedroom country house, in part 17th century, with a detached double garage with home office above, a heated swimming pool with spa, and stables.
A highly individual four bedroom detached family home with a superb land holding of 41 acres and in an exceptional location.
Originally dating from the 16th century, this Grade II-listed house oozes period atmosphere.
The four-bedroom, 3,489sq ft interiors are full of delightful details, including exposed timbers, Inglenook fireplaces and mullioned windows.
A Thermo-Dynamic water heater and solar panel lower the property’s impact on the environment — and the utilities bill.
This Regency Vicarage stands in 3.5 acres of manicured grounds only two miles from Tonbridge.
The 3,506sq ft interiors are a triumph of understated elegance, with plenty of fine fireplaces, tall windows and even a historic larder in the utility room. Additional accommodation is available in a separate cottage, plus there’s an unconverted coach house with plenty of potential.
Barningham Hall stands in a little more than 10 acres in rolling countryside within walking distance to the village.
Not listed, it nonetheless has a lovely period atmosphere, with open fireplaces, exposed timbers in the oldest part of the house — this was originally a timber-framed farmhouse extended in the Georgian and Victorian eras — and long views across the wooded grounds The interiors stretch to 5,455sq ft in the main house, which has six to nine bedrooms, plus another 6,000 of garaging and outbuildings.
A moated manor house built in 1780 that looks like the sort of thing Constable would have painted.
There are six bedrooms and a plethora of reception rooms in this lovely old spot, which is approached by a wooden bridge over the moat. It’s also ideal for home working, with a self-contained cottage and office within the 1.23 acres.
This six-bedroom, Grade II-listed former rectory originally dates from the 15th century with later additions.
The interiors total 3,452sq ft full of beautiful features, such as exposed timbers, open fireplaces, a Rayburn in the kitchen—and original shutters in all three reception rooms. Outside are 1.25 acres of mature gardens.
Buyers looking for a quiet rustic retreat close to the sea might consider Worden House, near Dartmouth, which dates from the 16th-century. Originally a cider press and orchard, it was a proper working farm until the year 2000, when it was sold as a family home.
Now on the market at a guide price of £5m through the South Hams office of Savills, the Grade II-listed former farmhouse, set in 6½ acres of gardens, paddocks and an olive grove of 160 trees shipped in from Andalusia, has been transformed by its owners into ‘a truly magical place — one of the jewels in the South Hams crown’, enthuses selling agent Sarah-Jane Bingham-Chick.
West End House near Farnham was originally built around the 1500s and has been extended over the years. It combines classically-proportioned rooms with period charm.
A Grade II-listed former school with detached annexe and four car garage remodelled to exacting standards, surrounded by open countryside and 5 minutes’ walk from the village.
This six-bedroom, Grade II-listed farmhouse sits in 18.37 acres on the edge of the idyllic village of Wisborough Green.
Originally dating from the 17th century, it is now in need of modernisation.
The interiors are full of charming details, from beamed ceilings to an Inglenook fireplace, and additional accommodation is available in an annexe.
Exceptional water mill set on the River Stour, in the heart of ‘Constable Country’.
This is not just a glorious, five-bedroom country house with 60 acres, a separate 2-bed cottage and fishing lake. Although it is all those things as well.
No, this property has something else to offer: a fully-functioning winery, as well as five dozen acres of vines growing on the slopes. It’s a lifestyle business par excellence.
It really is a bucolic dream: the lakes are full of fish, the remaining land stretches to 80 acres (including 22 acres of woodland) and it’s in an easily accessible spot convenient for London, Gatwick airport and the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Originally built in the 1970’s, Prinsted House was formerly a country club and subsequently converted by the present owners into an exceptional harbourside family home.
House of Craigie is a Georgian country house with five courtyard cottages set in private grounds extending to approx. 7 acres.
A house of quality located in this seaside village, with four bedrooms (two en-suite), three receptions, utility and double garage.
This Grade II-listed Dales farmhouse is perfectly situated in the heart of Dentdale and enjoys long views across open fields. The interiors combine traditional details, such as exposed beams and a stone hearth with contemporary style.
Outside are three lovely gardens, one at the front and two at the back.
This Grade II-listed, thatched farmhouse dates from the 18th-century and has kept intact many period features, from fireplaces to beams and windows with deep window seats and shutters.
The interiors are arranged across three floors, with the reception rooms and a large kitchen with Aga downstairs and the bedrooms on the first and second floors. The grounds total 0.33 acres.
This classic Georgian manor house features exceptional views of unspoilt farmland and woodland. It has seven bedrooms, a turning staircase, extensive cellar and over an acre of gardens and grounds.
Nansough Manor is approximately seven miles north-east of Truro and just over a mile from the village of Ladock.
West Hanney House provides an opportunity to enjoy all the benefits of a grand country house with the flexibility and manageability of a smaller property.
The main house has seven bedrooms, while there is also a separate three-bedroom cottage, all within the three acres of walled gardens which encircle the property.
Built in the 1890s, this six-bedroom period property sits within the grounds of Penstowe Manor. The house is within walking distance of Kilkhampton village and its shops, pubs and excellent primary school.
It has been refurbished throughout, while retaining its character features. Outside is a courtyard garden and detached garage.
This handsome 18th Century Georgian home was originally a working watermill. It occupies a central position in Downton, located on the fringes of the New Forest National Park.
The landscaped gardens include a bridge leading to the property’s very own island.
This period farmhouse in Cotswold stone features beamed ceilings and flagstone floors. There are mature gardens, two paddocks, stables and a tennis court.
It has three reception rooms and four bedrooms, offering ample family accommodation
A former mill, this handsome home is positioned on its own island. Both the Mill Stream and River Wylye run through the garden and fishing rights come with themill pond and river contain good size trout and grayling.
It has a fascinating history and is recorded in the Domesday Book as rendering 10 shillings.
Period five bedroom former farmhouse with a detached one bedroom annexe, outbuildings including stables and workshops, a double carport and over 10 acres of grounds with panoramic countryside views.
This amazing home has been lovingly styled and offers a surprising amount of space and versatility.
An elegant period home nestled under rocks of the Roaches between Buxton and Leek. Standing in a breath-taking setting.
A charming, Grade II-listed house in the village of Wonersh, with a staircase that inspired EH Shepard in one of his illustrations for an AA Milne poem.
Church Cottage is a rare opportunity to acquire an historic property with immense charm, original features and enviable location.
An equestrian smallholding with a 2600 sq.ft. home (two en-suites), an annexe, floodlight facilities and 1.66 acres.
Hilton Lodge has numerous period features throughout its spacious layout and sits on a plot measuring approx. 1.47 acres.
Superb Grade II listed farmhouse offering an exciting opportunity to modernise and create a wonderful family home.
An idyllic holiday cottage complex set with 44 acres of land in one of the most picturesque areas of South Cornwall. EPC F.
An imposing seven bedroom country house set on the edge of the village.
This turreted modern mansion features traditional mid-Georgian inspired architectural proportions and details, from the sweeping hallway to the plasterwork on the ceilings.
There are seven bedrooms, a leisure complex — with gym and indoor pool — and staff accommodation.
The location is superb, with the gardens rolling down on to the famed golf course at St George’s Hill.
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A Grade II listed eight bedroom detached country home with a two bedroom cottage, a swimming pool, a triple garage, and extensive outbuildings in 2.75 acres of gardens and grounds.
Outstanding period barn conversion with triple garage, in a remarkable setting enjoying elevated views over its own land.
A majestic Grade II listed family home at the end of a long drive within a parkland setting, not far from Truro.
Elegant and graceful Grade II listed period country house, situated in a semi-rural location in Barcombe Mills, on the banks of the River Ouse.
A fabulous four bedroom Grade II listed, part-thatched cottage with great commuting links for the Midlands motorway/train network.
This Grade II-listed cottage is a triumph of period atmosphere.
Exposed beams, fireplaces and sloping ceilings will make you think you are in your own, private fairy tale.
Channel your inner Rapunzel (or prince) at this baronial house in the Scottish borders.
From roaring fires to bedrooms large enough to accommodate the most sumptuous of four-posters, this is a romantic getaway come true—and you can escape to the turret to admire the views across your own woodland
One of Devon’s finest estates with over 70 acres of rolling fields and woodland, located in a village called Lustleigh that’s nestled within a tranquil valley in the heart of Dartmoor National Park.
An estate for sale in Saffron Walden, not far from Cambridge, that is a magnificent property for entertaining on a grand scale.
This beautiful Georgian country house offers a quintessential English countryside lifestyle, whilst also benefiting from excellent travel links.
An exceptional family home in a much sought-after location near Hythe, convenient for the seaside, countryside, and access to London.
A beautifully restored townhouse within an 18th century manor house.
A Grade II*-listed country house dating back to the 17th century, set within 12 acres of land.
There is light and space, a swimming pool and a stable block among the features.
Green Place is situated on the edge of the popular, picturesque village of Wonersh, within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
It’s a nine-bedroom house with pool, tennis court and two cottages within the grounds.
A superb semi rural five bedroom detached home near Sowerby Bridge.
It’s a home ideal for families, with plenty of space and a swimming pool.
A five-bed family home with breath-taking views, an open bay garage and driveway parking for several cars.
There is more potential as well: further land, stables and large barn with planning permission are separately available.
A stylish four bedroom barn conversion with almost half an acre of gardens, with a double garage and studio.
The house has been very sensitively converted, with lovely beams and feature fireplaces, as well as some modern flourishes.
Killochan Castle is a substantial, category A listed historic tower house located in South Ayrshire on the north side of the fertile valley of the Girvan Water.
Built in 1338, it was completely restored five years ago and is one of the finest fortified houses in South Scotland.
Three bedroom apartment situated on the first floor of a stunning Grade I-listed Queen Anne mansion a few miles from Deal and Dover.
Waldershare House is in a unique, secluded, tranquil setting, with communal grounds and gardens and surrounded by 1,000 acres of farmland.
Beautifully appointed five bedroom family home in excess of 7,300 sq ft.
The house is highly specified throughout and is made for fun — there is a gym, games room, an adventure playground and even a five a-side football pitch.
The architects of this house in Studland — a village on the tip of the Isle of Purbeck — took great care to make the most of the sea views when they created this five-bedroom place in 1998. It’s very well-appointed as well, with a daringly modern kitchen by Poggenpohl that has to be seen.
But as well as the house, the spectacular local area is a huge attraction for those looking to buy here. The heathland and beaches of the surrounding nature reserve are breathtaking, while Corfe Castle and Swanage are just a few minutes away.
An extraordinary opportunity to buy a 14-bedroom Jacobean mansion (also pictured top) with stables, manege, two cottages and award-winning gardens, situated a couple of miles from Mold.
The agents suggest it could become a country house hotel, but it would also make a majestic country home.
This five-bedroom home on Lake Windermere is situated on the southern half of the lake, between Bowness and Newby Bridge. It’s a 1930s house that was practically rebuilt when it was updated at the turn of the millennium.
The big draw, of course, is the lake itself: the house has terraced gardens which run down to the water’s edge where there is a beach, paved slipway and a private jetty.
A grand, seven-bedroom house for sale in Clifton that has been immaculately restored, and wonderfully decorated in what we very much suspect are some of Farrow & Ball’s finest shades.
Original period details are still present throughout — fireplaces, ceiling roses and sash windows with working shutters — while the kitchen/diner is a real highlight with its french windows, skylight and Aga.
This eight-bedroom country house in the heart of the Northumberland National Park is set out in the countryside, but lies not far from Alnwick and Morpeth. It’s originally Georgian but with Victorian additions, and is a blend of old school charm with modern features — not least the glass wall looking onto the indoor pool.
As well as the main house there are also three self-catering properties within the 3.5 acres — one a converted barn, one a converted stable block and the third a modern bolthole with its own sauna and hot tub.
For a real touch of Country Life within London, this detached, four-bedroom house in Putney seems to tick all the boxes.
It’s spacious, charming and light, with a large garden that includes a huge studio — ideal for those wanting a good work-from-home space.
There’s almost a surfeit of wow-factor at this immaculate country house near Dalrymple, a Georgian building with five bedrooms on a piece of land that stretches down to the River Doon.
The period features, the home gym (complete with sauna) and the grounds that include a cottage and a tennis court. Honestly, though, we’d imagine most potential buyers will be sold the moment they see the chequered black-and-white hallway floor.
Stunning four bed thatched home with 1,000 sq. ft. barn, ⅔ of an acre. Near Cambridge, Newmarket, Ely and Wicken Fen National Trust.
A beautifully presented and spacious period five bedroom house with a wealth of historic features, large garden and barns.
Beautiful 16th Century country cottage with five bedrooms, garage and driveway parking, as well as a fabulous ¾ acre garden.
Beautifully located, exceptional four bed property – principally single storey, with three reception rooms and outbuilding. 16 acres.
A handsome and historic Grade II listed country farmhouse with 4.35 mature acres. Situated in a peaceful rural position.
A fascinating medieval hall house with splendid Victorian addition and separate annexe, in a rural location with about 4 acres.
Situated in an exclusive modern development is this impressive contemporary detached residence offering plenty of space.
A magnificent family home and a detached second property ideal for use by extended family or possibility to rent out separately.
This superb Georgian English country house has a flat, tennis court, heated swimming pool and magnificent gardens and grounds.
A 16th Century Grade II listed country house, wonderfully positioned at the heart of its own 12 acres of gardens and grounds.
Imposing Grade II listed manor house with five bedrooms. Stunning Yorkshire Dales location. Viewing by appointment.
Located near Exmoor National Park; a five bedroom country home within 42 acres of land (further land available if required).
An attractive period residence offering six bedroom living accommodation, self-contained annexe, garage and large gardens.
Substantially extended and deceptively spacious six bedroom detached house enjoying extensive views.
Sitting in a beautiful garden amidst rambling roses, this is the archetypal, picture-perfect, chocolate-box cottage.
Just outside the boundary of the Peak District National Park near Marsden is this four-bedroom home with stables and a riding arena. As well as the riding facilities there are also fine gardens, much of which have been used by the owners to grow their own food.
There is a lot of space on offer as well, with a kitchen and huge utility room plus separate dining and sitting rooms and a snug.
Situated just off the main A40 heading out of Cheltenham is this graceful and beautiful house that offers a touch of the country yet is still pleasingly close to this handsome town.
The oldest parts of the house date back to the 16th century, but it’s been extended and improved over the years to make a large, comfortable six-bedroom house.
The house comes with 3.5 acres which includes stables and a small paddock, but a further 4 acres of paddock is also for sale by separate negotiation.
The 10 acres of grazing land and the manege are just the start at this property near the magnificently-named villages of Rumbling Bridge and Yetts o Muckhart. There is open countryside on hand for those wanting to go hacking — quite a draw for a place with easy access to Edinburgh.
The house itself is relatively modern, but the red Aga in the kitchen adds a touch of country style.
Truly lovely stables are on offer at this country house near Sittingbourne. The house has a number of character features and is well-presented, though could do with a bit of updating here and there.
A large conservatory at the back of the house opens on to the garden at one side, while french doors from the separate garden room lead out onto a patio and lawns beyond, which lead down to a tennis court as well as the equestrian facilities.
On the edge of the North Yorks Moors near Stokesley, this six bedroom home can be bought with or without the land and stables. The house itself is a simple, large and comfortable place with a garden room that makes the most of the countryside views.
There is also a separate building, The Granary, and a cottage which could be extra accommodation or holiday lets.
West Woodyates is a simply magnificent house surrounded by wonderful gardens.
This 18th century house was built by Thomas Pitt, the shady, diamond-smuggling adventurer-turned-good who founded the Pitt political dynasty.
The house and gardens are truly exquisite and beautifully-kept, but they are just the start in a 970-acre estate within the within the historic and picturesque Cranborne Chase AONB.
A massive effort has been under way at Sheriff Hutton to save this country house — now, it’s pristine and ready for someone to move in.
‘The schedule of repairs that has been carried out to date is mind-boggling,’ wrote Penny Churchill in Country Life last month, ‘but will surely be of great comfort to any proud future owner of this historic country estate.’
And if you fancy a project? Well, while the almost-18,000sq-ft main house is all finished, some of the other properties on the 203-acre estate are still in need of refurbishment.
For those with fantasies of living out their very own Jane Austen novel, Newport House seems to fir the bill perfectly: a remote and beautiful home set within lovely, rolling countryside.
There are 10 bedrooms, nine bathrooms and five grand reception rooms, including a ballroom with a breathtaking inlaid floor upon which it’s not hard to imagine Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet taking a turn.
It’s all within a 427-acre estate in a pretty part of the country, near to charming towns such as Hay-on-Wye and Ludlow.
Some estates in the eight-figure bracket are there because of the land they come with — that’s not the case for Sydenhurst, which sits in 30 acres of countryside near this popular village between Haslemere and Godalming.
It’s not hard to see where the valuation does come from with this truly staggering, newly-built country house that is ‘meticulously crafted and engineered to combine the very best of British craftsmanship’, according to the agents.
There are 8 to 10 bedrooms, depending on how you configure things, but it’s the reception areas and leisure facilities that will most capture the imagination of a house clearly built to impress.
If you’ve ever fancied a Tuscan hillside estate without the bother of having to travel to Italy, the Ancre Hill Estate seems the perfect property.
At the heart is a lovely 19th century country house with outdoor pool surrounded by suitably exotic foliage, while there are gardens and a tennis court within the grounds.
The biggest draw, however — and the reason for the price tag — is the 137 acres of land, which include a superb vineyard renowned for producing high quality wine. Ancre Hill has won awards across the world, and is unncorked at swish places including Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.
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