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Ridley, Cheshire

Nestled in the Cheshire countryside, this large property would make a perfect family home. Spanning the property there’s pretty gardens, a separate detached cottage and rolling countryside views. While inside, it’s been beautifully decorated, impeccably blending modern comforts with traditional country living. There’s even a free-standing bath, perfect for taking a soak after a long country walk. Available through Savills for £1,450,000

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Heathfield, East Sussex

This period property is positively bursting with character. The house is quirky: there’s trompe l’oeil stone walls, a Victorian gothic wing complete with imposing entrance hall and grand ‘medieval hall’, brick block flooring, and there’s even a turret. Outside, there’s lovely gardens both in front and round the back, with a swimming pool tucked on the side. The property is in need of some work, but it’s perfect for someone with a weakness for character and charm. Available through Savills for £1,550,000

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Dudleston, Ellesmere

Horse lovers – this one’s for you. With a range of equestrian facilities, stables, outbuildings and woodland areas, this Grade II listed property is perfect for those who love to ride. Gallop around the 8 acres of land and when you’re tired, snuggle in front of the inglenook fireplace with a hot cup of tea. Available through Knight Frank for £875,000 

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Alderton, Suffolk

Live out your quintessential English fairytale in this beautiful Georgian house. Surrounded by greenery, this red brick property with its pretty painted white windows is breathtaking both inside and out. The wide central French doors open onto the terrace veranda with alfresco dining, making it ideal for entertaining. Meanwhile its multiplicity of gorgeous and warm rooms make it the perfect family home. Available through Knight Frank for £2,750,000

Bayard House

Weymouth, Dorset

If you love tradition, then this period property could be your dream home. This gorgeous Victorian detached house is set within private walled gardens, while inside you can find extensive period features: think high ceilings, ornate coving and panelled doors. Available through Symonds & Sampson for £1,350,000

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Old Avenue, Weybridge, Surrey

Live in utter luxury in this palatial property. Marble lines the oval reception hall and sweeping staircase, there’s a limestone fireplace in drawing room, a bespoke Italian kitchen and numerous deluxe facilities including a cinema and spa facilities. The master bedroom only elevates this property’s splendour further, with its sitting area, dual dressing rooms and dual luxury en suite bathroom. Available through Savills for £10,950,000

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Hipwells, Northamptonshire

This detached farmhouse is what tempts so many people to the country: the seemingly inordinate amount of space. There’s over 5,476 sq. ft of accommodation inside, boasting seven double bedrooms and five reception rooms. There’s also a heated pool outside, a tennis court and a detached pool house. This property really does have everything you would want for your perfect family home. Available through Michael Graham for £1,750,000

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Over Alderley, Cheshire

This sleek property offers modern and hi-tech living in the midst of panoramic countryside. There’s state-of-the-art smart system technology is integrated throughout, and it’s positively bursting with light, thanks to the extensive lining of floor-to-ceiling windows and the huge circular atrium. Particularly stunning is the view of the Cheshire Plain and the Welsh hills from the indoor swimming pool. Available through Fine and Country for £6,500,000

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Zinch Cottage, Stogumber

This cosy cottage looks like it’s been taken out of a storybook. Nestled in the heart of a highly sought-after Somerset village, this 3-bedroom property has plenty of character. It has thatched roofs, a wood burning stove and is tucked within pretty gardens. Enjoy your morning coffee from the garden bench and get lost in the views of rolling hills. Available through Humberts for £610,000

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Home Farm, Trevarno, Cornwall

This picture-perfect Farmhouse is the ultimate country retreat. The traditional exterior is breath-taking, while the house’s interior perfectly blends tradition with modern comforts. Outside, there’s a large garden, two barns and a Hot Tub, making this the property perfect for entertaining. Available through Savills for £1,750,000

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Charlton Park, Bishopsbourne, Canterbury CT4

This stunning property has seen it all. It’s seen monarchs come and go, changed hands at the reformation, been used in both civil and world wars, entertained prince regents, rumoured to be visited by Jane Austen, and was the home of Dr Barnardo himself. If that doesn’t tempt you, there’s the central kitchen with AGA and dining room attached, plenty of fireplaces all over, farm office, library, 2 wine cellars, swimming pool, squash court and a whopping 129 acres of land. Available through Strutt & Parker for £3,500,000

Castle, France

Rumoured to have been built for Queen Victoria’s favourite dressmaker, this 5-bedroom French castle will have you living like royalty. With a heated pool, a cottage and set in 2 hectares of park, this property would be the perfect getaway for a family or a group of friends. Available through Hamptons International Property for £926,000

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Zeals House, Mere, Wiltshire

Always dreamt of running a bespoke Country House Hotel? While this Grade 1 Listed Wiltshire home could easily be the dream family home, its multiplicity of rooms, extensive grounds, and coach house, stable block and two gate lodges on its grounds – it has the potential of becoming the dream country retreat. Available through Knight Frank for £5,500,000 

 

Greinton, Bridgwater, Somerset

Dating all the way from the 16th Century, this Grade II listed property is a country manor in miniature. Behind the stone facade you’ll find an abundance of period features; a chesnut pannelled dining room, curved staircase, original fireplaces, an orial window and a galleried landing. Meanwhile outdoors there’s sprawling grounds teeming with plant life, walled gardens, an outdoor swimming pool, a hard tennis court, a views over the farmland beyond. Available through Knight Frank for £1,500,000

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Homefield, Lower Contour Road, Kingswear, Dartmouth

Enjoy unrivalled views over the River Dart and surrounding countryside from this family home. Tucked away on the edge of South Hams (a quaint riverside villiage popular with sailing communities), the house has four bedrooms, airy open plan living spaces and a long sloping lawn. Best of all though is the decking, which you access by stepping out through the kitchen’s glass doors, and which is the perfect place to dine al fresco while gazing out over the river. Available through Marchand Petit for £1,500,000

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Gaddesden Row, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

Nestled on the edge of a villiage in rural Hertfordshire, this idyllic country home will fulfill all your cottagecore fantasies. Behind the vine covered stone facade you’ll find exposed brick fireplaces, timber beamed bathrooms and four delightful bedrooms. Meanwhile, wander out through the french doors to discover a quaint patio area, a sprawling lawn, and plenty of outbuildings. Perfect for summer picnic, or cosy winter nights. Available through Savills for £1,250,000

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The Thatched Cottage, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

It may be called The Thatched Cottage, but with six bedrooms, five bathrooms, an indoor pool and a steam room this is a veritable country mansion. Indoors is classical, with charming views over the mature grounds. Meanwhile, if you stroll out through the French doors you’ll discover a paradise of tree lined walkways, shaded pergolas, sprawling lawns and even a vegetable patch. Available through Savills for £2,950,000

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Gatcombe, Newport, Isle of Wight

Escape to the Isle of Wight and you’re own private period estate in this gorgeous property. With a classical facade, sash windows and ivy covered stone walls, Gatcombe is the epitome of Georgian elegance. Inside you’ll find eleven bedrooms and sweeping, high ceilinged reception rooms perfect for entertaining. Meanwhile, outside there are 48 idyllic acres of tree lined walkways, open fields and landscaped gardens. There’s even a pool to wow your guests – as if they weren’t already impressed enough. Available through Savills for £5,950,000

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South Ridge, St Georges Hill, Weybridge, Surrey

Tucked away in the affluent Surrey neighbourhood of St Georges Hill, this six-bedroom home is ideal for entertaining friends and family. There’s an al fresco leisure area complete with BBQ, pool and outdoor bar. If you venture further into the grounds you’ll find over two acres of landscaped gardens, tennis courts and even a golf course. Available through Savills for £7,950,000

 

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Tudor Lodge, Craddock, Cullompton

With seven bedrooms, sprawling gardens and an open plan country kitchen, this is the perfect family home to escape the city in. A charming example of an arts and crafts home, the property has wooden beams and log burners to give it a cosy country feel. Not that you’ll be sacrificing luxury – there’s a 31ft indoor swimming pool, wet room and sauna to be discovered near the games room and studio. Available through Jackson-Stops for £1,650,000

 

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Elibank House, Buckinghamshire

As one of Queen Anne’s finest houses in South East England, Elibank House is both a historic 18th Century marvel and only a 17-minute train ride into London. Replete with original period features such as the panelled rooms and Venetian windows with original architraves, the property has undergone an extensive restoration project for the last 25 years.

The sense of history extends outside too: Tree-lined avenues draw the eye to Windsor Castle in view from the Garden. Available through The Country House Department for 3,3750,000

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The Old Rectory, Lavendon, Buckinghamshire

Grade II listed and just sixteen minutes drive from the popular town of Bedford, this Georgian Rectory is a picture perfect country home. Inside there’s high ceilings, fireplaces, elegant sash windows and grand reception rooms – in short, all the trappings of a period home. Outdoors is no less stately; think wraparound walled gardens, sweeping lawns and driveways, and a glorious view of the church. Available through Michael Graham, POA

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Church Farm and Littlecourt, Whelford, Fairford, Gloucestershire

Escape to the country in this idyllic Cotswolds retreat. Grade II Listed and built from traditional Cotswold stone, the property is approached by a sweeping drive that takes you past the paddock, meadow and charming stone barn. Picnic on the patio, frolic on the lawn, or snuggle up in front of the original fireplace in your wood-beamed sitting room. For the ultimate cottagecore experience, there’s even a farmhouse style kitchen for baking. Available through Knight Frank for £2,300,000

 

 

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Gibraltar Lane, Cookham Dean, Maidenhead, Berkshire

Located in what is known as the ‘wind in the willows’ backwater just outside Marlow, this house feels like something out of an old English story book. There’s six bedrooms and charming wood beamed reception rooms which open onto wooden balconies overlooking the river. Watch the swans float past, or take to the water yourself in a boat stored in your under-house mooring. There’s even a swimming pool out back for the height of the British summer time. Available through Hamptons for £5,000,000

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Lancotta, Brighthampton, Oxfordshire

Set in the rolling Oxfordshire hills, this Grade II listed cottages seamlessly blends old world charm with modern comforts. From the front, it’s all Cotswolds stone and thatched roof; from the back, there’s an elegant glass extension which opens onto the patio and maximises views of the garden. Get creative with the outdoor pizza oven, or relax on the BBQ terrace for the cottagecore summer party of dreams. Available through Knight Frank for £1,000,000

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The Round House, Woodmancote, Gloucestershire

Originally part of the Ridge Estate, this charming miniature tower has been transformed into a self-contained home over the years. Today it has between three and five bedrooms, a large country kitchen and cosy stone-walled living rooms, while still preserving the characterful curved shape. Work from home in the sunken mirrored studio, dine on the terraces, explore the surrounding woodland or simply sip a coffee on the bedroom balcony and gaze out over the trees. Available through Knight Frank for £845,000

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Munstead Court, Godalming, Surrey

Built in 1905, Munstead Court is a fabulous example of Arts & Crafts architecture, as popularised by the likes of William Morris. Inside it’s spacious, with three elegant reception rooms with fireplaces and leaded windows, seven bedrooms and an open-plan kitchen and family room that opens up onto the terrace. Available through Strutt & Parker for £5,750,000

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Fowey, Cornwall

Great Treverran is a grade II*-listed Queen Anne house to the west of the beautiful River Fowey Estuary. Set among the undulating countryside, and within mature gardens, the house is a fine example of Queen Anne architecture with granite pilasters and a façade created from locally quarried stone. Inside, it’s finished to the highest standard. Available through Jonathan Cunliffe for £1,650,000

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Well Cottage, Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire

Was it the maid in the vicarage? Or the captain with the candlestick? This charming Buckinghamshire cottage has been home to it’s fair share of murder mystery, as a long-time filming location of Midsomer Murders. Situated in the quaint village of Long Crendon, the three-bedroom house has all the trappings of an idyllic rural cottage; thatched roof, exposed beams, stone fireplaces and cosy garden. It’s the perfect place to retreat to the country and escape the bustle of city life. Just remember to look out for murderous neighbours. Available through Knight Frank for £950,000

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Château Le Rosey, Geneva, Switzerland

Wine lovers – listen up. Alongside being a dream European home, this 13th century chalet is also an award wining vineyard and winery. Vintages are grown and produced on the estate, making the property a fantastic business opportunity for anyone who likes a tipple. Meanwhile, with a modern Turkish spa suite, grand reception room complete with a Gothic fireplace, and charming views across the Alps, this ten-bedroom chateau is also the perfect place to kick back and enjoy a glass or two with friends and family. Available through Concierge Auctions, bidding opens October 17th 2021 

 

Beauchamps, Wyddial, Hertfordshire

Horse-lovers, here’s one for you. This Grade II listed home has everything from barns to stables to an all-weather manége where you can practice your dressage. There’s also a helipad and a hangarage for if you prefer flying to riding, and seven acres of landscaped gardens for those who’d rather just sit and sip lemonade in the sun. Meanwhile – with five bedrooms, spacious living areas and a cosy country kitchen – the house itself is the perfect place to return after a day outdoors. Available through Cheffins for £2,750,000

The Garden House, Flore, Northamptonshire

As you might have guessed from the name, this family home’s most impressive feature is it’s magnificent landscaped gardens. There are walled mazes, wisteria decked pergolas, lawns with formal water features and arched tree walkways, all teeming with vegetation and plant life. Inside is similarly refined, with five bedrooms, a fitted kitchen/breakfast room, and sweeping reception halls overlooking the grounds. Available through Knight Frank for £1,500,000

Castle Mill, Dorking, Surrey

This historic mill was referenced in The Doomsday Book way back in 1086. Today, it’s been beautifully restored and converted into a spacious family home that retains all the period features of the Grade II mill. Think wooden beams, timber frames and – in the notable reception room – the exposed mill workings. There’s four floors and five bedrooms in total, as well as a gorgeous terrace with views over the mill pond perfect for al fresco entertaining. Available through Hamptons for £2,000,000

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Sunbury Court Island, Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey

Fancy living on a private island? That’s where you’ll find this modern four-bedroom home, which overlooks the Thames in sleepy Sunbury-on-Thames, a picturesque village just outside Twickenham. The riverside views are amazing, and the back garden is spacious, and there’s ample terraces to dine al fresco while you watch the boats going by. Indoors is a masterclass in light and space; think double height windows, open plan living areas and rooms that flow out to patios and courtyards. As if that wasn’t all enough – it’s even been designed to be eco-friendly. Available through Waterview for £1,600,000

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The Manor, Sherington, Buckinghamshire

This Grade II listed manor house is a period home with a modern twist. Dating back to the 18th century, the seven-bedroom property has a fully working moat, 4.5 acres of picturesque-landscaped gardens and sash windows. But it’s also got stylish modern décor, swanky garden furniture and a home gym. Entertain friends in style before letting them crash in the self-contained annex. Or for a night out, wander down to the local village a mere six minute drive away. Available through Michael Graham for £3,250,000

Trow Hall, Trow Hill, Sidmouth, Devon

Fancy living like a Tudor King? This country manor should do the trick. Built in 1902 by renowned architect RW Sampson, the Edwardian house is approached by a sweeping, tree lined driveway. Step inside and you’ll find a regal wood panelled reception room, winged staircase, grand fireplaces and ten bedrooms. Meanwhile, outdoors there’s 33 acres of landscaped gardens and far-reaching views over the Devonshire hills – perfect for garden parties and al fresco banquets. Available through Knight Frank for £3,300,000

 

Lypiatt Lodge, Lypiatt, Stroud, Gloucestershire

Looking for a castle on a budget? Look no further. With its crenelated towers and stone turret, this Grade II Listed lodge is a medieval fortress in miniature. Designed by Sir Jeffrey Wyatville in 1820, it was once a gatehouse for neighbouring Lypiatt Park, but is now on the market as a self-contained property. There’s oriel and trefoil headed mullion windows, Tudor arched doorways and access to a roof terrace. The décor inside is a little dated, but with such a sense of history and room for five bedrooms, it’s a fantastic opportunity to be king of your own private castle. Available through Knight Frank, offers in excess of £700,000

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Moorings, Wimborne, Dorset

Tucked away near the sleepy Dorset town of Wimbourne, this charming Edwardian house is the ultimate country escape. Rooms are big, bright, and elegant; there’s seven bedrooms, a big cottage style kitchen, and original fireplaces throughout the house. Outside you’ll find a separate three bedroom cottage on the grounds, a well as walled gardens, a croquet lawn and a swimming pool – perfect for summer garden parties. Available through Symons & Sampson for £1,650,000

 

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Menaring Cottage, St Gennys, Crackington Haven, Cornwall

Wake up to sea views every day in this Cornish cottage. Set on a cliff overlooking the charming seaside village of Crackington Haven, this is the perfect property for beach bums who want to escape the city. With a fabulous open plan kitchen/living room, log burner, exposed beams and three bedrooms, it’s a family home that marries modern comforts with traditional charm. Meanwhile, the views – which stretch across the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the shingle bay and Atlantic beyond – are second to none. Look out for grey seals and even the occasional dolphin. Available through John Bray Sales for £575,000

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Woodvale Cottage, Haslemere, Surrey

The most unique feature of this country home is the Thames tributary which runs through its back garden. Crossed by three bridges within the grounds and eventually pooling in a private lake, the River Wey cuts through Woodvale’s grounds and gives the entire property an air of tranquillity and calm.  As well as the natural bodies of water there is also a swimming pool in the Japanese style gardens. Meanwhile indoors you’ll find six bedrooms, bright ground floor rooms, and a kitchen that opens onto a beautiful terrace. Available through Hamptons for £2,000,000

Arawai House, Hill Brow, Hampshire

With its blue windows and vine covered balconies, Arawai House is a picture-perfect family home. Inside there’s an abundance of period features, from high ceilings and sash windows to original fireplaces in many of the rooms. But it’s also been stylishly modernised; the open plan kitchen has an island and a range of high-tech appliances, and the wooden decking running along the back of the house is a chic spot from which to look out over the grounds – all four acres of them. Have a hit about on the tennis court before retiring to the balcony for an alfresco family dinner – bliss. Available through Savills for £1,950,000

Buckley House, Sturminster Newton, Dorset

Escape to the countryside in this sprawling country estate. Nestled in the Dorset countryside and set within 8 acres of private parkland, this 1930s house would make a wonderful family home. There’s six bedrooms and a large family kitchen/dining room, all renovated and modernised to a high standard. Meanwhile outdoors is perfectly set up for summer garden parties; formal lawns, kitchen gardens, tennis courts, woodland and patios – all connected by picturesque winding walkways. Available through Symonds & Sampson for £2,100,000

Marsh Lock House, Wargrave Road, Henley-on-Thames

Today is the first day of Henley Royal Regatta 2021, and you can guarantee yourself front-row seats in this four-bedroom family home. Dating back to the 17th century, March Lock House has fantastic views over the weir as well as mooring space for your own boat and a riverside terrace ideal for post-boat race parties. Indoors is bright and modern with an open plan kitchen, a gym and three receptions. Sounds like a winner to us. Available through Knight Frank for £2,200,000

Bankside, Snowshill, Broadway, Gloucestershire

Looking for a quintessential Cotswolds retreat? Just outside the charming village of Snowshill, this four-bedroom house is about as Cotswolds as they come. There’s reception rooms with inglenook fireplaces, white washed wooden beams, and a gorgeous sunroom leading out onto the patio. Wake up to views of the rolling hill, explore the surrounding countryside, or entertain friends in the sprawling garden. Available through Knight Frank for £895,000

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Westbrook Hall, Bognor Road, West Sussex

Just south of the Surrey border sits this romantic Georgian home. Grade II Listed and first built in the 17th Century, Westbrook Hall has six bedrooms, high-ceilinged drawing rooms and period features throughout. Through the elegant sash windows you can gaze out over 8 acres of grounds, which include a swimming pool, stables, outbuildings and a river running along the western boundary. The outdoor patio is perfect for garden parties, and the paved stairs leading down to the river a positively picturesque spot for a morning coffee. Available through Knight Frank for £3,295,000

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Wall House, Green Lane, Wall, Lichfield, Staffordshire

Working from home has never been easier than in this country manor. With a newly refurbished east wing given over to office space, you could quite comfortably run a company from this Grade II listed house. First built in 1761 the estate also has a home gym, a sauna, tennis courts and beautifully landscaped, ‘Capability Brown’ style gardens. And that’s before you’ve got to the eight bedrooms, stone fireplaces and grand central staircase – perfect for hosting office parties. Available through Knight Frank for £4,250,000

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Fulling Mill Estate, Winchester, Hampshire

Love fishing? You’ll be hard pushed to find a better fishing estate than this. With over almost three miles of riverbank and 70 acres of fishing, woodland and grazing land, this rural paradise is the perfect place to get back to nature. Aside from the main four-bedroom house (which is charming and spacious indoors), you’ll find a further four-four bedroom cottage, an antique water wheel, tennis courts and wooden bridges elsewhere on the grounds. And if you do feel the need to get back to civilization, the Cathedral city of Winchester is just a short car ride away. Available through Sotheby’s for £5,000,000

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Benover Road, Maidstone, Kent

First built in 1603, this is a Tudor country manor with a modern twist. Arranged over three floors, the six-bedroom house will transport you back in time with its feature fireplaces, mullioned windows with diamond paned casements, and exposed wall and ceiling timbers. But, with integrated Audio Visual in most rooms, a bespoke kitchen and a home cinema system in the drawing room, it will also ensure you’re living with all the comforts of the 21st century. Head out to the landscaped gardens and stroll through your parterre garden like a Tudor lord, or throw spectacular garden parties in the detached annex. Available through Savills from £1,895,000

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Leigh Hill Farm, Cobham, Surrey

Contemporary extensions don’t always look good on period properties – but when they do look good, they look good. Situated in the chocolate-box home counties village of Cobham, Leigh Hill Farm combines all the charm of the old with the elegance of the new. The Grade II listed house has a stunning glass extension that blends seamlessly with surrounding lavender bushes and stone patio. Indoors, rustic period features like an Inglenook fireplace, wooden beams and exposed brick are stylishly framed by ultra-modern fittings and furnishings. With four bedrooms, five reception rooms and an outdoor pool, this is a modern family house with a dash of old-world magic. Available through Knight Frank for £2,250,000

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Cairnty Estate, Orton Fochabers Moray, Scotland

Escape to the highlands in this sprawling Scottish estate. Lying in the heart of Whisky country on the east bank of the River Spey, Cairnty Estate has everything from mature woodland to landscaped gardens to it’s own private kennels. The eight-bedroom Georgian house is both rich with history and comfortably modern, with fresh white walls and oak fittings. Whether you’re gazing over the grounds from inside or heading out to explore the wild landscape beyond, this is an authentic highland experience for the modern buyer. Available through Strutt & Parker for £2,650,000

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Coggeshall, Kelvedon, Colchester

Grand house from the front, pretty cottage from the back, Coggeshall Hall is a characterful seven-bedroomed home. Here, the beamed rooms and open fireplaces are ideal for entertaining, while outside you’ll discover the jacuzzi and sauna, as well as the historic Essex barn, which provides ample room for any party you had in mind. Available through Strutt & Parker for £2,950,000

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Haygrass House, Taunton, Somerset

An elegant entrance hall will welcome party guests to this magnificent Georgian country house in Somerset. You’ll then have the option of entertaining them in the light-filled, south-facing drawing room, the library with French windows leading to the gardens, or the high[1]ceilinged ballroom. A choice of 13 bedrooms means there’s space aplenty for everyone to stay. Available through Knight Frank for £2,950,000

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Markyate Cell, St. Albans

Imagine the parties you could have here. This spectacular Elizabethan manor house is set in 75 acres in the Hertfordshire countryside. It features nine bedrooms, so plenty of space for guests to stay, plus a majestic dining room seating 18, and a cinema and games rooms. You can take the party outside, too, into the 10 acres of formal gardens. Available through Fine & Country for £7,500,000

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Chauntry Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire

First built in 1908, this Edwardian house on the banks of the Bray reach offers comfortable country living for all the family. Today there are eight bedrooms, multiple reception rooms and a modern kitchen connected by galleried hallways and featuring gorgeous fireplaces. Outdoors, the spacious private lawn and terrace have uninterrupted views of the river; enjoy a spot of croquet, dangle your feet in the river, or head onto the water with a paddle board or canoe. Alternatively, you can find more of the best riverside properties hereAvailable through Hamptons for £5,250,000

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Bellscat Farmhouse, Fowey River, Cornwall

Dramatic sea views can be hard to come by, but Bellscat Farmhouse promises big. Overlooking the sweeping Fowey River as it joins the sea and surrounded by 37 acres of undulating grounds, you’re guaranteed front row tickets to thrashing storms, crashing waves and whistling winds. The house itself has been built to withstand the weather and is Grade II listed with three bedrooms, a separate barn conversion and private gardens. You can keep horses in the paddocks, stroll through the woodland, and generally embrace the peace and quiet of this gloriously untouched spot. Available through Lillicrap Chilcott for £2,250,000

 

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Monk Sherborne, Hampshire

Despite the name, you certainly won’t be living like a monk in this country manor. The original Victorian home has been sensitively modernised to offer elegant contemporary living with all the charm of a period property. Think wooden beams, fireplaces, high ceilings – and then, in the adjoining leisure complex, an indoor pool and spa suite to rival any luxury hotel. If you get bored of that, take a stroll around the garden – which is really more of a private park – have a hit a about in the tennis court, or soak up some rays on the wide patio. Total luxury. Available through Savills for £8,500,000

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The Clees Hall Estate, Suffolk

If you enjoy a spot of fishing, or just like the idea of having your own moat, this could be the place for you. A private estate encompassing six let properties, a Grade II listed barn, stables and almost 500 acres of meadows and woodland, this is the perfect place to embrace country living. You can run your private empire from the comfort of Clees Hall, the seven-bedroom period property that sits at the heart of the estate like the jewel in a crown and offers comfortable accommodation with a traditional twist. And don’t forget the moat, which fully encircles the main house and is the perfect place to paddle, row, or wait patiently for trout. Available through Savills for £10,500,000

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Loveday’s House, Painswick, Stroud, Gloucestershire

For cosy country living, there’s nowhere quite like the Cotswolds. Tucked away in historic Painswick – a chocolate-box market town nestled between rolling hills – Loveday’s House has everything you need for the authentic Cotswold’s experience. The four-bedroom property dates from around 1740, when it was built by a famed local architect for the Loveday family. Today it is a Grade II listed landmark which has been loving restored to preserve the original fireplaces, shuttered sash windows and ceiling cornices while bringing in modern comforts and fittings. Breakfast while overlooking the tiered gardens from your drawing room, snuggle up in front of the clearview stove, or simply relax with a book on the roof terrace to the gentle bleating of local sheep. Available through Hamptons for £1,350,000

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The Old Chapel, The Carclew Estate, Cornwall

Tucked away on the historic Carclew Estate, this Grade II listed chapel is a magical retreat from the hustle and bustle. Feel yourself transported back to a simpler time as you wander up the tree lined driveway to the elegant stone house. Tall arched windows preserved from it’s days as a chapel make for ethereal, light-filled living spaces that are both architectural and traditional, while the old fashioned stove makes for a cosy country kitchen like no other. Gaze out over the countryside from any of the three bedrooms, or wander outside and explore the tumble down ruins that are hidden amongst rose bushes. There’s even outbuildings and a caravan for when guests come to stay. Available through Lillicrap Chilcott for £700,000

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Mill Farmhouse, Yealmpton, Plymouth, Devon PL8 2EF

Craving country life? This charming farmhouse has all the character of a grand estate at an affordable price. Thought to date from the early Victorian era, the house’s stone façade blends seamlessly with the tranquil Devonshire countryside. Indoors there are five bedrooms, reception rooms, fireplaces and a country kitchen with an original water pump from 1849. Outside, almost 4 acres of south face grounds are the perfect place for a game of cricket, a spot of gardening, or a stroll down through the wooded valley to the River Yealm. Available through Marchand Petit for £1,295,000

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617 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90210

Currently owned by historian and art collector Louise Taper, this house is an elegant option for anyone making a move to the sunshine state. Like most Beverly Hills pads its double gated with high ceilings, sprawling rooms and an enormous eat-in kitchen. Each of the four upstairs bedrooms boast walk-in wardrobes for you to fill with pieces from the famous shopping districts nearby. Meanwhile, downstairs there’s a guest suite, a grand formal dining room, a terrace and a swimming pool overlooking the lawn. In short, everything you need to host a Hollywood bash. Available through The Agency for $9,950,000

 

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Deerhill, Aveton Gifford, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 4NB

Raised in a barn? No problem – so long as its’ this one. Tucked away in rural Devon on the edge of a picturesque hamlet, this substantial barn conversion has everything you need for luxury country living. Indoors there’s five bedrooms, two reception rooms and a charming country kitchen, all with wooden beams and a rural feel. Outside, get ready to enjoy long hot summers in the heated swimming pool and on the west facing terrace, while the surrounding woodland is a haven for wildlife waiting to be discovered.

Available through Marchand Petit for £1,000,000

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Rose Cottage, Pockford Road, Chiddingfold, Godalming, Surrey

This country cottage is so picturesque that living there would be like stepping inside a fairy tale. Believed to date back to the 18th century, the house is set within pretty lawns and hedgerows, with a York stone path leading up to the terrace and a hard tennis court hidden below. Indoors, an open plan kitchen and orangery is the perfect place to sit and gaze out over the garden, while the sitting room with its inglenook fireplace is ideal for cold winter nights. Upstairs there’s four bedrooms, all with views across the hills where you can enjoy your waking up to the peace and quite of the countryside.

Available through Knight Frank for £1,350,000

Elibank house

Elibank House, Taplow, Buckinghamshire

Built around 1705, Elibank House in Buckinghamshire is a rare chance to own a piece of British history. The impressive Grade II listed Queen Anne house was the site at which a plot to kidnap King George II and other members of the Royal Family was hatched, renowned as ‘The Elibank plot’. A number of original period features remain, from the fireplaces to the flooring, and even the architraves on the doors. The eight-bedroom house also comprises venetian-style windows with original shutters and a spectacular red-brick facade. Outside there’s an array of sequestered spots, plus a lily pond and a view of Windsor Castle which can be enjoyed from the bottom of the garden. Read more about this history of Elibank House here.

Available through The Country House Department for £4,000,000

St Georges Hill, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13

St Georges Hill is one of Surrey’s finest postcodes, and this may be the most impressive property there. Recently modernised and spread out across a double plot, there are ten bedrooms, dressing rooms, private balconies and a main drawing room spread out over two floors. You’ll also find a soaring grand entrance hall and lavish kitchen perfect for entertaining. If indoors starts to feel claustrophobic head out to the stunning resort style grounds. There’s a private pavilion and pool, along with a championship standard golf course and a members tennis club shared among the St Georges Hill estate.

Available through Jackson Stops, price on Application

 

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Poulton Manor, Poulton, Gloucestershire, GL7 5JE

This Grade I Listed Cotswold home is so picture perfect it feels like a dolls house. Situated right in the heart of the village and dating back to the 17th Century, the charming stone façade is edged with lavender bushes and charming hedgerows. Indoors there everything from four poster beds and deep fireplaces to exposed beams and led paned windows. While away hazy summer afternoons in the walled kitchen garden or curl up in front of a roaring fire on a snowy Winter night. The ultimate Cotswolds retreat.

Available through Butler Sherborn for £2,250,000

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1940 6th Street, Naples, Florida

Rain got you down? Escape to the sunshine state with this Florida mansion, and swap the cycle to work for a jet ski to Naples Bay. Built with soaring ceilings and elegant, minimalistic interiors, this six-bedroom home is luxuriously modern. The large kitchen and glorious outdoor terraces make it ideal for entertaining. Meanwhile, the waterfront location means that your best bet is travelling by yacht down Naples coveted canals, which sounds better than the tube at any rate.

Available through Elite Actions, auction starts 25th June 2021

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Vine Cottage, Cadgwith Cove, The Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall

This stunning Grade II Listed house is a chic reimaging of the fisherman’s cottage. Perched on a cliff above Cadgwith – a quaint fishing village – it has everything from a thatched roof to a wood burning stove. Despite these old-world features, a white-washed wood interior means this home feels light and fresh. As for the views, you’d be hard pushed to find better; gaze out to sea from the bedroom windows, or lounge on the sun terrace and watch boats coming in to the cove. Currently arranges as two adjoining cottages with two and one bedroom each, this charming cottage is a slice of peaceful paradise.

Available through Lillicrap Chilcott, offers in excess of £1,100,000

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Treloyhan, St Ives, Cornwall

This prestigious five-bedroom home is the ultimate seaside retreat. From the glass-panelled sun room there are spectacular views all the way across St Ives Bay, and it’s just a short walk down to Porthminster beaches. Not that you’d ever want to leave the beautiful landscaped gardens, which are teeming with luscious plant life and include summerhouses, workshops and a gabled porch. Indoors is traditional but spacious, with a large, panelled reception hall, open plan kitchen and vast sea facing windows perfect for gazing out over the bay.

Available through Lillicrap Chilcott for £2,250,000

Quarry Lodge

Quarry Lodge, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7

For rowers, this unique Marlow property is a dream home. Not only is it on the banks of the Thames, with steps down to the water and a pretty boat house, it’s also only a short trip up the river to Henley. Aside from the enviable waterfront location, there’s also heaps of period charm including a curved turret, a domed portico, limestone fireplaces and bespoke oak fittings throughout. Meanwhile, if you fancy an al fresco dinner after a day on the river, ascend to the spacious roof terrace – perfect for gazing across the water or entertaining.

Available through Hamptons for £3,250,000

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Castle, Sarlat-la-caneda, Dordogne, France

Escape to the château at this 15th century castle in the heart of Black Périgord. From outside the original stonework, white French shutters and rounded towers will transport you back to the middle ages. But step inside and you’ll find yourself in a world of luxury. Open fireplaces, high ceilings and exposed beams make this a comfortable modern chalet perfect for family holidays. There’s even a gym and spa suite with a jacuzzi. Meanwhile, if you wander through the landscaped grounds you’ll discover outbuildings full of potential, and hidden beauty spots ideal for relaxing on a summers day.

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North Cliffe, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, SA70 8AT

If its sea view you’re after, look no further. With it’s elevated position and floor to ceiling glass walls, this home has some of the most majestic views on the Pembrokeshire coast. Laminated Nordic Spruce beam support acres of triple glazing that effortlessly bring the outside in, while an open plan interior and wrap around balconies make for a feeling of endless light and space. In the summer enjoy entertaining on the sprawling lawns and floating in the clifftop pool. Then, in the colder months, huddle up in the sauna and gaze out over the dramatic coastline.  Available through Savills for £3,000,000 

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Rosebank, Castle Road, Dartmouth, TQ6

At first glance, this cliff-side home looks like an Italian villa. In fact, it’s only a stones’ throw from Dartmouth Castle and a couple of hours drive out of central London. With sun-terraces, covered gardens and rocky steps leading straight down to the water, this three-bedroom home has all the romance of continental living. Indoors it’s light and airy, with a vaulted reception room, a modern kitchen, contemporary wooden beams and fantastic views from every room. Gaze out towards the ocean from the sun-room, or head down to the boat shed at high tide for instant access to the water. Available through Marchand Petit from £3,000,000

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The Spinney, Deeping Gate, Peterborough

For modern country living, you can’t get much more luxurious than this six-bedroom home. A far cry from a farmhouse cottage, this contemporary property was built with light and space in mind; floor to ceiling glass doors and an open plan lay out mean sunshine floods through the indoor space. A state-of-the-art kitchen flows into the outdoor granite terrace perfect for barbeques and dinner parties. There’s a one bedroom guest annex in the grounds for if your guests fancy staying over and, for quieter nights in, a purpose-built cinema and a gym. Available through Fine & Country for £1,750,000

Bramerton, Adgestone, Isle of Wight

Escape to the country in this tranquil five-bedroom home on the Isle of Wight. Situated within an area of outstanding natural beauty, this bright and airy house enjoys 360-degree views over the surrounding countryside and glass doors opening onto an al freco dining space. Wander down country lanes to the local shops and pubs, explore the area of ancient woodland a stones’ throw away, or keep ponies in the adjoining paddocks and stables to make use of the local bridleway network. Available through Spence Willard for £1,400,000

Midgham House, Midgham Park, Reading RG7

The original Midgham house was destroyed in a fire, which is why the imitation country home that stands in its place is unlisted. Not that you would ever know the difference. With high ceilings and beautifully constructed Gothic arches – through which you can enjoy sweeping views over the lawns – this five-bedroom home evokes old world glamour. Meanwhile, the 80+ acres of grounds were untouched by the blaze, and as impressive as ever with wildflower meadows, enclosed gardens, pavilions, a lake and an open-air swimming pool. Available through Strutt & Parker for £7,000,000

Coves House, Wolsingham, County Durham

If you love the great outdoors then this Grade II Listed farmhouse could be your dream home. Perched on the edge of the North Pennines (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) with over 60 acres of surrounding meadows and woodland, it’s ideal for anyone with a passion for country sports. It may be remote, but you’d be hard pushed to get bored here; as well as the six-bedroom farmhouse there’s a self-contained cottage, a bunkhouse, a campsite, stabling and a pheasant shoot. Basically, there’s everything you need to run an outdoor-adventure-centre – plus some pretty extraordinary views.  Available through Finest Properties for £1,500,000

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