From the wealth of beautiful British listed properties on the market right now, C&TH has chosen the top ten. Expect converted convents, vicarages and sprawling mansions from all angles of the country; one even has a world-renowned rare painting of King Henry VIII…
1. Cudworth Manor, Dorking, Surrey
With origins in the 16th century, this historic manor house sits on its own island surrounded by an ancient moat and includes all Manorial Rights, making the new owners the Lord & Ladyship of the Manor of Cudworth. Spanning over almost nine acres total, this property includes a ten-bedroom family home as well as a summer house, other outbuildings, paddocks and a covered medieval brick bridge. Period detailing and exposed oak timbers perfectly complement later modern additions to create a warm atmosphere, and both the formal garden and large terrace are ideal for entertaining. Available through Hamptons for £2.25m.
2. The Old Convent, East Grinstead, West Sussex
Designed by G.E. Street, famous architect of the Royal Courts of Justice, St Margaret’s Convent dates from 1865 and forms a quadrangle with a beautiful cloister and chapel. A superb portion of this Grade I listed former convent is now on the market, arranged over four floors and maintaining many original details such as the impressive vaulted master bedroom, stone mullion windows and exposed stone walls. The 13 acres of communal grounds offer every amenity; within them lie a heated swimming pool, orchard, herb garden, children’s play area, barbeque field and tennis courts, as well as a snooker room. Available through Savills for £925,000.
3. Old Pickhurst, Godalming, Surrey
Old Pickhurst is a vast property in one of the most desirable locations in Surrey. Built in the seventeenth century and extended numerous times since, what results is a magnificent family home with both modern and historic appeal. The spacious kitchen was designed and built by Bulthaup, its minimalist style making it the entertaining hub of the house, while the panelled dining and drawing rooms open out onto a wide terrace which runs the entire southern side of the house. Surrounding the five-bedroom main house are large gardens which include a swimming pool, log cabin, rose garden and pool house with its own gym. The lawns lead to a lovely jetty, deck and boat house. Available through Knight Frank for £3.85m.
4. Whitechapel Manor, Exmoor
Whitechapel Manor lies just south of Exmoor National Park and offers spectacular views over the Devon countryside. Steeped in history, this Grade I listed Elizabethan manor house can be traced back to the 13th century, and much care has been taken to maintain its character despite extensive renovations. With eleven bedrooms and bathrooms, and six reception rooms, this property is ideally set up to accommodate a big family and entertain on a large scale. The grounds amount to almost 13.5 acres and include five stables, a three-bedroom cottage, woodland and formal walled gardens with a 400 year-old mulberry tree. Available through Savills for £2.65m.
5. The Old House, Taunton
This stunning property was originally the residence of the Archdeacons of Taunton and its history goes as far back as the 1200s, with later medieval, Tudor, Georgian and Victorian extensions creating a unique charm. Antiquity is to be found at every turn; the entrance porch has an ancient arched architrave, the master bedroom boasts an original Tudor fireplace, and throughout can be found medieval ceilings. The most impressive by far, however, is the sixteenth-century mural of Henry VIII in the Great Hall which is internationally renowned for being the only surviving wall painting of the King and was recently valued at a quarter of a million pounds. This six-bedroom mansion is in a quiet and secluded area, with numerous places from which to admire views over the Quantock Hills. Available through Strutt & Parker for £1.2m.
6. High Bentley Manor, Halifax
Set within two acres of grounds and gardens, on the edge of open Yorkshire countryside lies Grade I listed High Bentley Manor. The historic home boasts many significant original features such as oak panelling, mullion windows and exposed beams from the 17th century. The property has five bedrooms, a galleried great hall and recently-upgraded bathrooms, as well as a triple garage with workshop and room above, which would make an excelled home office. Available through Savills for £1.2m.
7. Jordan Manor, Widecombe in the Moor, Devon
Situated in a small hamlet, Jordan Manor occupies a peaceful position within the splendid Devon moorlands. This idyllic home is a listed Dartmoor longhouse dating back to the early seventeenth century, with a charming thatched roof and five generously-sized bedrooms. The kitchen boasts a four-oven oil-fired Aga, and there is a studio workshop attached to the Eastern end of the house. The five acres of land include gardens with typical Dartmoor features, and a stream which feeds a large pond and runs into the West Webburn river. Available through Jackson-Stops & Staff for £850,000.
8. Arden House, near Loch Lochmond
Arden House is a B listed Scots Baronial mansion which lies on the south-west bank of Scotland’s most famous loch, Loch Lochmond. An area renowned for its natural beauty and spectacular scenery, it is an ideal spot for sporting enthusiasts who can enjoy water sports on the loch and superb walking and climbing opportunities in the National Park. The mansion was completed in 1868, and later divided into luxury apartments, of which Flat A is one of the most impressive with its 3690 sq/ft of luxury accommodation and five bedrooms. With access to nine acres of communal grounds and distinctly Scottish architecture, this property is a rare find. Available through Savills for £550,000.
9. The Old Vicarage, Bidford-on-Avon
This former Vicarage offers beautiful countryside views and river frontage. The property is in an elevated position, surrounded by beautiful gardens and lawns which run down to the River Avon, with private mooring and riparian rights. Enjoy the exquisite view over the river and beyond to the Cotswold Hills from the bay windows in both the drawing room and master bedroom, or from the various sun terraces on the property. With five bedrooms, reception rooms, tandem garage and even a gym, you can enjoy the peace and privacy of a country house with all the amenities. Available through Knight Frank for £950,000.
10. Buttress House, Cheltenham
This Grade II listed detached Cotswold stone house in a quiet village setting offers spacious accommodation for family life. Beautifully-lit reception rooms overlook the inner courtyard of the property, which also has a beautifully landscaped garden and stone garage. There are five bedrooms and four modern bathrooms, and period details such has stone mullion windows, inglenook fireplaces and stone flag floors have been perfectly maintained. Available through Knight Frank for £1.5m.