Grand houses from every corner of the country, these properties have two things in common: they’re currently for sale, and they’re each steeped in a unique history…
Chesworth House, Horsham
Chesworth has a rich historical past that can be traced back to the Norman Conquest. The manor has been home to multiple Queens of England and most noticeably Catherine Howard (Henry VIII’s fifth wife). This spectacular Grade II listed country home is the whole package with beautifully designed formal gardens to match the interiors. Available through Savills for £6m.
Old Cloth Hall, Kent
The vast open plan Old Cloth Hall was once owned by Bernard Rubin, one of the famous ‘Bentley Brothers’ and latterly by the Italian-born sculptor Enzo Plazzotta, best known for his study of movement in bronze. The Grade II listed property which originates from the 15th century has equine and leisure facilities set on the outskirts of Cranbrook. The house has beautiful old features partnered with modern amenities. Available through Jackson-Stops for £1.975m.
This 6-bedroom farmhouse has bags of potential to be a lovely family home or country escape. Sat on 10.4 acres of land adjoining the Cors Carons National Nature Reserve, Dolbeudiau is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Originally part of a monastic estate, archaeological evidence shows that part of the old farmhouse dates back to the 14th Century. Available through Morgan & Davies for £475,000.
Manor House, High Birtwith (Yorkshire)
Built in the 1930s, this property has been sympathetically refurbished and is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The landscaped gardens and impressive period features make for the perfect family home. This property has just come on the market for the first time in over 180 years. Available through Carter Jonas for £1.95m.
This beautifully presented property dates back to the 15th Century, with later additions in the 16th and 17th Century. Home to a monks’ brewery and to Alice Bowes-Lyons, the Queen Mother is rumoured to have played in the gardens… This historically rich house is ready to be snapped up. Available through Humberts for £4m.
Billesdon Coplow, Leicester
Set in Quorn hunting country, this landmark property has Georgian origins making it a very attractive family home. The grand interiors match the sweeping parkland, making this the perfect place for entertaining. Situated 10 miles from Leicester, the property has close links to London with a direct train from London St Pancras station, perfect for all the guests you could have to stay. Available through James Sellicks for £2.35m.
Beltingham House, Northumberland
This handsome Georgian dower house was owned by generations of Bowes-Lyons and has been host to many Royal visitors. The symmetrical Georgian features and sash windows highlight the beauty of the property. Leading to the impressive front entrance are picturesque gardens. Available through Finest Properties for £1.35m.
Crawfordton House, Dumfriesshire
This Category B listed Scottish Mansion House is as close to a castle as you can get from the outside with towers and turrets – you’d half expect a knight to walk through the doors! Formally the home of Member of Parliament Sir George Gustavus Walker, this property is a prime example of Baronial architecture. But the interiors are quite the opposite – the house has recently been renovated with a blend of both old and new. Available through Rettie & Co via OnTheMarket.com, Price on Application
Luddesdown Court, Kent
Believed to date as far back as 1000-1100s, this Grade I listed building built in flint stone has an immense amount of character. Complete with a swimming pool and 23.44 acres, this 5-bed property is luxurious with period features and stunning views across the open countryside South and East. Available through Knight Frank for £3.5m.
The Old Hall, Norwich
Built in 1514 by Sir Edward Chamberlayne, a close acquaintance of Henry VII, this building was remodelled in 1614 by Edward Chamberlayne and boasts some of the most spectacular plasterwork ceilings of its time. Later sold to Sir Philip Woodhouse of Kimberly, this house remained part of the Kimberly estate until 1923. Now, this beautifully preserved historic house has come on the market once again, ready for new owners to start their story. Available through Savills for £1.75m.