From Berkshire to Buckinghamshire, here are the best home county properties that lie just beyond the big smoke…
1. Robin’s Grove, Surrey
Robin’s Grove would make the perfect family home. Its exterior is covered in beautiful greenery, whilst inside plays host to seven bedrooms, three reception rooms and a generous utility room. Outside the property has 2.48 acres of land to play with and a swimming pool and games room. Available through Jackson-Stops and Staff for £2m.
2. Woodpeckers Cottage, Sevenoaks
Woodpeckers Cottage in Sevenoaks is a wonderfully quiet retreat – the three-bed detached property is surrounded by woodlands which borders Knole Park. Having originally been built in 1911, the home has undergone a number of improvements including a cosy conservatory. The interiors could do with some modernisation though. Available through Humberts for £800,000.
3. Woodland Way, Woodford Green
Woodland Way is a sizeable home on the outskirts of London. This five-bed property is arranged over three floors, the top level comprising the master bedroom suite and a large walk in wardrobe. Downstairs has plenty of space for entertaining guests, and there is even a double garage which could be converted into further living space. Available through Foxtons for £1.299m.
4. Ashman’s Farm House, Essex
Ashman’s Farm is a charming Grade II listed property with medieval origins. The five-bed home boasts historical beams around the home, adding to the charm of the property. Outside there’s a games room, heated swimming pool, converted barn and a bespoke treehouse. Available through Strutt and Parker for £1.75m.
5. Leicester House, Hampshire
This property is perfect for equestrian fans – the grounds include stable blocks and paddocks with grazing facilities. Outside also plays host to a number of outbuildings that would make an excellent workshop or home gym, and there is even a detached cottage that provides secondary accommodation, as well as the primary four-bed home. Available through Savills for £2.75m.
6. Constables Cottage, Hertfordshire
Constable Cottage has great views; it’s elevated position overlooks Chorleywood Common. The four-bed property has cosy interiors, featuring exposed beam ceilings, a cast iron wood burner in the family room and quarry tiled flooring. Go outside to see the original ‘lock-up’ building that was created by a past owner – it could now make a fantastic studio. Available through Savills for £1.4m.
7. Beesacres, Surrey
Beesacres is a large property that sits on 3.85 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. Alongside six bedrooms, the home includes a pantry, laundry, study and cloakroom. The grounds of the home include a separate cottage, heated swimming pool and gym, as well as a spacious courtyard. Available through Knight Frank for £3.35m.
8. Milhanger, Surrey
You won’t be short on space at Milhanger – this charming country home presides over 30 acres of land. Approached via a sweeping private drive, the property has seven bedrooms, a spacious library/entertainment room and an indoor leisure complex with its own pool, gymnasium and steam room. Available through Knight Frank for £4.35m.
9. Courtenay House, Buckinghamshire
Courtenay House is a six-bed property finished traditionally. As well as a grand staircase and juliet balcony in the master bedroom suite, there is also an elegant drawing room with an antique fireplace and ornate ceiling cornices. However, the home has still retained some modernity in the form of a cinema, gym and games room. Available through Hamptons International for £3.875m.
10. The Old House, West Berkshire
Just a short distance from the village of Bradfield, The Old House, offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. This period property has five bedrooms and four reception rooms, all finished in a contemporary style. The garden has a large seating area and outdoor oven, perfect for entertaining guests during the summer. Available through Strutt and Parker for £1.6m.