The country is beautiful, and towns are buzzing. Why restrict yourself to one? It’d be rude to have to choose. So this week, we’ve rounded up the best properties for commuters who want a slice of rural life, while still working in the big city.
1. Cliff Cottage, Devon
This stunning property is nestled nearby the Exmouth seaside and Maer Valley. Perfect for family living as its set over two floors; the home offers a separate guest house and has easy transport to the seaside. Being 1.8 miles away from Exmouth Station, you can get to Paddington in just 2 hours and 50 minutes. Available through Knight Frank for £1.5m.
2. Streatley House, Streatley
This Grade II listed Georgian home takes its place on one and a half acres of land inside the village of Streatley, an hour away from Paddington by train. The seven bedroom house features a number of outbuildings including a games room, a guest cottage and also an underground cellar, where you can store your wine collection, natch. Available through Michael Graham for £1.85m.
3. The Dome, Westerham, Kent
A combination of city-style and modern-day-living takes its place in a classic country setting in Kent. The geodesic dome structure was designed by the award-winning architects, David Richmond Associates and sits in the middle of secluded gardens with a stunning outdoor decked pool. The unique property is a short bus ride away from Oxted, which has easy links to London from 30 minutes. Available through Jackson Stops for £1m.
4. Cornbaggers, Hungerford, Berkshire
A charming cottage full of character takes its place inside the sought-after village of East Garston. The Grade II listed property features a converted barn that is set inside magnificent gardens. Not only does the property stand in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but it sits in a great location near to Newbury where there’s easy access to both Paddington and the M4. Available through Strutt & Parker for £1.1m.
5. Arabin House, Epping
Arabin House is hidden in 11 acres of mature parkland. Far reaching views make this property a magnificent place to call home inside Epping Forest. Dating back to the late 16th Century, the property is a Grade II listed home and benefits from an elegant white stucco front. With close links to the central line, commuting to the capital couldn’t be easier. Available through Savills for £8.995m.
6. The Old Court, Cranleigh
A historic 5-bedroom village house sits in one of Surrey’s largest villages. Our favourite part is its spectacular secluded gardens which are filled with topiary, a fish pond and seating areas. With direct links to London Waterloo in 38 minutes, who wouldn’t want to live here? Available through Strutt & Parker for £1.75m.
7. Tudor House, East Hagbourne
Still retaining its original features and character, Tudor House dates back to the 17th century and is one of the most historic houses in the village of East Hagbourne. Around one and a half miles away sits Didcot Parkway train station, which offers easy commutes into Paddington from 40 minutes. Available through Knight Frank for £1.5m.
8. Knowle Hill Park, Surrey
A rare opportunity has arisen to live in one of the finest and most exclusive new developments in Cobham. The luxury ground floor apartment is set behind gates and sits on 45 acres of private parkland. Within a 13 minute walk to the station, the property sits in a fantastic location to get to Waterloo from Cobham & Stoke d’Abernon in 40 minutes. Available through Savills for £2.45m.
9. Solsgirth House, Kinross-Shire
This impressive Victorian mansion boats a whopping 27 acres of gardens and grounds. The house’s large stables make for the horseback riding family dream. Comprised of 15 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms, there will be few fights over space. This home is also readily accessible to all major cities of central Scotland. Available through Knight Frank for £1.75m.
10. Bramber, Weybridge
An Octagon bespoke house is nestled in the town of Weybridge in Surrey. Located on a private and south-facing plot, the stunningly designed house features all of the amenities needed to entertain the kids on the weekend. From a cinema room to a study and even a gym; there’s also a bar area to entertain the adults. With links to Waterloo in 35 minutes, we can’t think of anywhere more perfect to live for an easy commute into the city. Available through house. for £6.25m.