Luxury Country Properties to Plan Your Retirement To
Whether you dream of retiring to your own manor or are seriously looking into buying a second home in the countryside, our round-up of beautiful country homes on the market now brings you the latest in luxury rural real estate, every day.
Manor Farm, Hardwick
A gorgeous Grade II* property in the heart of Oxfordshire, Manor Farm offers wonderful period interiors in an idyllic setting of around 30 acres. Dating back to the late 1600s and sporting an exemplary façade typical of that period, the house is full of character features, including an original listed fireplace. Surrounded by beautiful grounds, spacious barns, paddocks and woodland, the property lies within an area of excellent schooling, with plenty of cultural and entertainment opportunities, including the nearby Soho Farmhouse.
Available through Strutt & Parker, offers over £2,250,000
The River House, Norfolk
True to its name, this cosy, light-filled Georgian home has an unspoiled view of the River Tiffey, at the end of its sweeping back lawn. Romantic formal gardens with rose arches, a water feature and ornate topiary, border the property, which also features an arboretum with fine species of native and non-native trees. Splendid views over the gardens, river and grounds are offered from the upstairs bedrooms, while the fully-modernised kitchen/dining room and bright Victorian orangery opens directly onto the gardens.
Available through Strutt & Parker for £1,450,000
King John’s Hunting Lodge, Gloucestershire
Bursting with period character throughout its five bedrooms and three reception rooms, this historic home also comes with a title for prospective owners – Lord of the Manor of Mythe and Mythe Hook. Believed to date back to Roman times, the property’s first owner is purported to be Queen Matilda, wife of William the Conqueror; it later went on to serve as the hunting lodge of the infamous King John. With touches of the medieval and 16th century features, this lovely home, elevated by its colourful, sun-trapping gardens, nonetheless has all the comforts required for modern life.
Available through Knight Frank for £865,000
A picture-perfect country house, Oaklands is just waiting for the perfect owner to put their mark on the expansive, airy interiors. Outside, the gorgeous formal gardens are a total delight, with picturesque paths bordered by topiary, colourful hyacinth bushes and an abundance of roses and lavender to scent the summer air. The 6-bedroom property also includes a pool, tennis court and vast expanses of manicured green lawns.
Available through Knight Frank for £5.75m
The Tower House, Buckinghamshire
A magnificent Arts & Crafts property, the creatively-designed Tower House is perched in a tranquil, secluded position overlooking the Thames, in the historic village of Medmenham. Interiors have been thoroughly restored whilst retaining character features. The beautiful landscaped gardens and grounds are a manicured delight, with shaped topiary and flowering borders, and the property’s three acres include woods and private access to a nature reserve. The outdoor pool and dining areas, accessed through the sun-dappled glass sitting room, are ideal for summer days and evenings spent entertaining.
Available through Knight Frank for £2,250,000
Glandwr Hall, Gwynedd
Set in a private, elevated position, this 17th century country house enjoys incredible coastal views over the Mawddach Estuary – one of the most beautiful in Europe – and the Cadair Idris mountain range in Snowdonia. Carefully restored by the previous owners to include modern fixtures, including C.P. Hart bathroom fittings, the seven-bedroom property makes for an ideal, grand family home. Due to its situation in the picturesque Snowdonia National Park, Glandwr Hall is not lacking in gorgeous outdoor features. Its sprawling grounds and gardens are designed for year-round enjoyment, planted with mature trees, shrubbery, flowering plants and borders, with the southernly exposition ideal for soaking in the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the surrounding area.
Available through Strutt & Parker for £1,650,000
Woodhouse Hill, Lyme Regis
Woodhouse Hill is a stunning family home that enjoys some of the most exceptional panoramic views in the area – both sea and countryside. Dating from the ’50s, the house features a large kitchen and breakfast room, separate dining room, four bedrooms and a spacious balcony to take in the incredible views.
Available through Jackson-Stops for £795,000
The Barn House, Hertfordshire
Uniquely designed using the highest quality materials and creatively landscaped, this Grade II barn conversion boasts some spectacular architectural features, earning it numerous inclusions in in interiors and garden publications. The property is laid out to centre around the internal courtyard, allowing for views of the wonderful atmospheric grounds, which include a Koi pond surrounded by grasses, a sunken fragrance garden and topiary. A private, secluded haven, the gardens work in perfect harmony with thequietly luxurious interior.
Available through Savills for £4,250,000
Glencruitten House, Argyll & Bute
Commanding an imposing position with panoramic views across open countryside and the sea to Mull, Glencruitten House is a stately baronial property that’s afforded ultimate privacy by its sprawling grounds, spread over more than 16 acres. The historic house retains a large number of impressive and well-kept period features, in particular the incredible first floor library, designed by the famous Scottish architect Sir Robert Lorimer. Complete with original woodwork, panelling and stained glass, it also includes an exceptional grade A-listed organ.
Available through Galbraith for £975,000
Stedcombe House, Devon
Painstakingly and tastefully restored, this 17th century, Grade I-listed property is an exceptional example of a classic William and Mary house. The building’s elegant symmetry and classical proportions are echoed in the three surrounding formal walled gardens, while the adjacent 20 acres of verdant pastures and woodland extend down towards the beautiful rolling country of the nearby Axe Valley.
Available through Savills for £4.5m
Flint Cottage, Buckinghamshire
With its bright period interiors, idyllic situation (in the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and secluded garden, Flint Cottage is a totally charming country retreat. Entering through the white-washed kitchen, the ground floor of the property includes a large entrance hall with beamed ceilings, a feature fireplace and exposed brick details, while the triple-aspect living rooms opens onto a conservatory and the lovely rear garden, with a huge lawn and numerous cosy spots for al-fresco dining.
Available through Knight Frank for £850,000
The Chanters House, Devon
As the historic seat of the Coleridge Family – the celebrated poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge among them – this Grade II* property provides an exceedingly rare chance to own a painstakingly restored period home of national significance. The impressive property houses a magnificent carved wood library, stately entrance hall and fine period interiors throughout; windows look out onto formal gardens and spectacular grounds. Modern additions include a stylish contemporary pool suite, and sporting opportunities are catered to by a tennis court and vast equestrian facilities. The estate itself comprises of over 21 acres of woodland, parkland and spectacular gardens and grounds.
Available through Strutt & Parker for £7m
A stunning period property set within gorgeous formal gardens and grounds, this house is situated within the glorious surroundings of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty. Epitomising country living at its finest – but also within easy reach of the facilities provided by nearby Cobham – the house is approached via a sweeping tree-lined driveway, and interiors are contemporary and light-filled throughout. The property is ideal for exercise-lovers, including a tennis court and an outdoor swimming pool as well as a separate summer house, perfect for a sleek home gym.
Available through house. for £5.75m
The Old Glebe, Chulmleigh, Devon
Set in verdant, magical gardens and grounds, this Grade II country house offers serenity and seclusion as well as excellent transport links and proximity to Exeter. Stepping into the eight-bedroom home, the first impression is of the grand entrance hall and sweeping staircase leading to the bedrooms. The principle reception rooms are airy and gracefully proportioned, and enjoy and abundance of light, with lovely views onto the magnificent gardens.
Available through Stags for £1.3m
Vinchelez De Haut Manor, Jersey
This grand Grade II property is a prime example of an impressive Jersey country manor. Though it has been frequently updated, its grand, light-filled rooms retain many period features, and it remains a characterful family home. The sprawling grounds include domestic, equine and (soon to be organic) agricultural land, for secluded, quintessentially rural living.
Available through Savills for £15.5m
The Granary, Lichfield
Steeped in history, this Grade II-listed barn conversion is purported to be the tallest remaining barn in Staffordshire. The vast ceiling height lends the house much of its impressive character: the living room is flanked by a wrap-round mezzanine, which leads to a third floor nestled in the barn’s topmost eaves. Naturally, the four bedrooms are supremely cosy, with timber beams, vaulted ceilings and heavy wooden doors. At the rear, the home is shaded by a large hedge, concealing a lovely front garden and outside seating area.
Available through Fine & Country; offers over £850,000
Jays Farm, Cornwall
Jays Farm, a painstakingly restored 19th century farmhouse is an elegant, pared-down dream house – perfect for an owner with minimalist sensibilities. The Grade II-listed principal building is filled with original period features, from slate flagstone floors to sash windows, and the property includes a possibility for additional accommodation in the surrounding outbuildings. Outside you can find a riot of greenery: lush lawns, a rambling garden, wildflower meadows and numerous shaded areas planted with a huge variety of mature trees.
Available through Savills for £1.2m
Barrington Hall, Hertfordshire
With its ornate facade and and exceedingly fine interiors, the breathtaking Barrington Hall looks like it’s straight out of a romantic period drama. Particularly stunning is the double-height grand entrance hall, whose exquisite ceiling mouldings and plaster work lend it a supremely refined air. Other reception rooms, too, contain their fair share of stunning features, from marble fireplaces to oak floors, while the mullioned windows of the formal drawing room look out over the property’s resplendent grounds and lake. Other corners of the house strike a different, though no less elegant, tone, with bright, contemporary loft spaces and a split level entertainment room.
Available through Savills for £15m
Rope Hall, Nantwich
Cosy and versatile, Rope Hall is the perfect period property. Set within 2.5 acres of incredibly private grounds, the five-bedroom house is a tranquil sanctuary that’s fully equipped for every aspect modern living, and includes a professional-standard kitchen and two snug reception rooms. Nantwich is a historic market town, boasting the highest concentration of listed buildings in England and an abundance of Tudor and Georgian architecture.
Available through Strutt & Parker for £1,250,000
Crailing House, Scottish Borders
Celebrated architect William Elliot was behind the simple elegance of Crailing House – it was considered one of his most sophisticated achievements, and it’s easy to see why. Thoroughly refurbished to a contemporary standard, the A-listed, Regency-style home sits within an idyllic parkland location and offers stables, grazing paddocks and trout fishing in over 15 acres of land.
Available through Knight Frank for £1,695,000
Hinwick House, Bedfordshire
On the market for only the third time in 300 years, the graceful, Grade I-listed Hinwick House is an outstanding example of Queen Anne architecture. Outwardly presenting an elegant Italianate façade, the classic country house interiors are predictably sumptuous, with sash windows flooding the principle reception rooms with light. Plentiful flexible accommodation is further provided by the 18th century clocktower and three estate cottages, while the capacious grounds encompass a Georgian walled garden mature parkland, two lakes, woodland and a stream.
Available through Savills for £8.5m
Vineuil Saint Firmin, Oise, France
Set in a serene location amidst lush woodland and enjoying access to the nearby Chantilly Forest, this picturesque chateau is a dream come true. The house itself boasts sumptuous classical interiors, and its many windows have a delightful exposition of the surrounding parkland. An ideal property for equestrians and lovers of the outdoors, the chateau comes with an 18-hectare estate, comprising magical formal gardens, a lake and woodland with bridle paths.
Available through Knight frank, POA
Witnesham Hall, Suffolk
Set surrounded by its verdant, mature gardens, Witnesham Hall is a Grade II* manor property that boasts an impressive facade as well as a wealth of period features indoors. Elegant and benefitting form modern comforts, the interiors enjoy views onto the parkland, with plenty of mahogany panelling and cosy, well-proportioned reception rooms. Outside features include a lovely formal garden, swimming pool and tennis court.
Available through Jackson Stops for £2.5m
Nonsuch House, Westbrook
A former hunting lodge dating as far back as early as 1645, Nonsuch House is a spectacular, Grade II* William and Mary manor that offers extensive living and entertainment facilities. The interior of the 10-bedroom house boasts ornate formal interiors, with extensive wood panelling and elaborate fireplaces, while the grounds include a pool and gorgeous gardens which burst with roses and lavender. The property also comes with an estate comprising around 86 acres.
. Available through Carter Jonas for £3.9m
The New Barn, Kent
Situated right on the edge of the rolling countryside, The New Barn is a lovely conversion surrounded by magical landscaped gardens. Inside, endless green hills are visible from the bright, triple-aspect kitchen/dining room, while period features like original timber beams, flagstone floors and exposed brick walls lend the property a timeless charm. There is also a gorgeous orangery, which opens onto the gardens.
Available through Savills for £1,195,000
Woodlands End, Somerset
Made of warm stone with a climbing rose entrance and surrounded by gentle tinkling of the nearby river, the Pound is just as magical as its address suggests. Though contemporary throughout, it is full of fine period features like wood burners, exposed beams and flagstone floors. A quintessential countryside cottage, it is ideally positioned in the heart of beautiful Mells, also within minutes of Babington House.
Available through Savills for £565,000
Crawley Grange, Buckinghamshire
Keen historians of the Tudor period – or simply fans of Hilary Mantel’s
Wolf Hall – should take note: this handsome manor was built in 1526 for none other than Cardinal Wolsey. The manor is now converted into four separate living quarters. The high-ceilinged East Wing is set over three ornate floors, featuring exposed beams and mullioned windows with the original shutters and window seats. Available through Michael Graham for £1.4m
Cairnty House, Moray
Fans of shooting and whiskey alike will be captivated by this sporting estate, set in the stunning lower Spey valley, at the heart of Malt Whisky Country. Spread over 563 acres, it delivers everything required of an ideal Scottish estate and more, offering pheasant shooting, deer stalking and salmon fishing on the River Spey. At the centre sits a lovely Georgian-inspired country home, designed for family life as well as entertaining guests, who are bound to show up in droves for the unmissable shooting and fishing seasons.
Available through Strutt & Parker, offers over £2,650,000
Abbot’s Wood, Godalming, Surrey
A beautiful Arts & Crafts home set in sprawling, verdant grounds, Abbots Wood – with accommodation spread over eight bedrooms and spacious reception rooms – is ideally suited to family life. The stylish period interiors, including a sweeping oak staircase, wood panelling and elaborate fireplaces, likewise lend themselves perfectly to entertaining on a large scale. On the outskirts of Godalming, the property is within good reach of the surrounding area’s many fine educational establishments, as well as London Waterloo station.
Available through house. for £3m
The Manor House, Sherborne, Dorset
A manor house in the truest sense, this stunning Grade II-listed property is approached through its own park, resplendent with woodland and established gardens. The grand house boasts numerous impressive reception rooms: the dining, sitting and drawing rooms all have fine ceiling moulding, open fires and window seats for taking in the far-reaching views across the parkland. A formal circular hall leads to a galleried landing, where the principal bedrooms – all with double-aspect views – can be found. Outside, as well as sloping lawns and pastures, there lies a wisteria-clad walled garden and water garden, fed by a nearby natural spring; it’s bucolic country living at its finest.
Available through Strutt & Parker for £4.75m
Cherry Tree Lane, Cirencester
A property just as pretty as its address, this handsome, ivy-covered family home is set in a quiet location, within its own mature woodland. With over three acres of gated land, there are plenty of long stretches of lawn to run about in, as well as outside space to take in the views. At the rear of the 6-bedroom house, a large L-shaped conservatory offers full views of and access to the wonderful landscaped gardens.
Available through Hamptons for £1,325,000
Mamhead House, Exeter
Easily one of the finest houses in the south of England, Mamhead is a stunning property of significant historical importance, with mentions in the Domesday Book. Laid out over 164 acres, the estate comprises the main house, built from mellow Bath stone and boasting innumerable fine architectural features, and Mamhead Castle, a Grade II* listed Gothic building completely modernised from the inside. The elevated position affords it sublime tranquility and panoramic views over the estate’s parkland, countryside and Exe Estuary.
Available through Strutt & Parker, POA
Pond House, Berkshire
This glorious home combines every convenience of 21st century living with carefully-chosen antique features – sourced everywhere from Norfolk to Normandy – with immeasurably charming results. Set within four acres of beautiful grounds, the property’s stunning formal gardens and lily pond can all be enjoyed from the bedrooms, thanks to the triple aspect views.
Available through Savills for £3.75m start the slideshow
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