Christmas crackers: homes for Santa
What’s on your Christmas wish list? Father Christmas wants a cosy fireplace, Rudolf is after a residence with romance and the elves are looking for a party pad. Here are a selection of picture-perfect properties that will fill you with seasonal delight.
Leatherhead, Surrey £4.5m
If you’re looking for Santa-sized chimneys, this Arts & Crafts mansion can offer several magnificent specimens. The eight-bedroom house sits in more than eight acres of grounds and it could not be more Christmassy. There’s a minstrel’s gallery for carol singers and inglenook fireplaces for Father Christmas to comfortably slide into.
Call Winkworth’s Guildford office on 01483 339977 www.winkworth.co.uk/guildford
Burley, Hampshire £750,000
Rudolf and his fellow reindeers would love this New Forest cottage. It might only have two bedrooms, but it comes with grazing rights as well as its own half acre of land. You are hidden away among the trees – what could be more perfect for Christmas?
Call Winkworth's Sway office on 01590 683834 www.winkworth.co.uk/sway
Farnham, Hampshire £800,000
This historic little town’s park was originally a medieval deer park for the monks who lived at Farnham Castle. Deer still graze here, but you won’t find Dasher and Dancer, as they are probably polishing their hooves ready for the big night. Snuggle down in this attractive town house on Castle Street. There are fireplaces aplenty and three bedrooms.
Call Winkworth’s Farnham office on 01252 733042 www.winkworth.co.uk/farnham
Whitestone, Exeter £435,000
Santa’s little helpers need a workshop to make the toys for Christmas Day. This pretty cottage comes with a double garage and an apartment above – perfect for nimble-fingered elves. The cottage itself has a huge inglenook fireplace and beams, but a clean, modern feel. It has three bedrooms.
Call Winkworth’s Exeter office on 01392 271177 www.winkworth.co.uk/exeter
North Kyme Fen, Lincoln £1m
This complex of properties would suit an extended family or offer the opportunity of a holiday business and the chance to work from home. There’s a five-bedroom house, plus a four-bedroom barn conversion and a separate two-bedroom annexe. There’s also a large workshop and office space and plenty of parking. The chimneys aren’t really Santa-suitable, but there’s a woodburner for cosy nights in and a paddock for reindeer parking.
Call Winkworth’s Lincoln office on 01522 531321 www.winkworth.co.uk/lincoln
Rotherwick, Hampshire £3.25m
A good Christmas house needs the space for a decent Christmas tree and this seven-bedroom country home offers just that. It has more than four acres of land, so you could even grow your own trees. The entrance hall is grand and enormous. It’s just crying out for an artistically decorated tree. The drawing room, dining room and study offer further opportunities for you to show off your festive flair.
Call Winkworth’s Basingstoke office on 01256 811730 www.winkworth.co.uk/basingstoke
Blackheath, London SE3 £2.85m
There are chimneys galore on the roof of this house, ready for Father Christmas to drop into. The architect-designed home from 1906 has planning permission to become even more magnificent and make your Christmas dreams come true. It already has six bedrooms, but the plans will add another one, plus a luxury kitchen/diner and a cinema room. Perfect for family get-togethers.
Call Winkworth’s Blackheath office 020 8852 0999 www.winkworth.co.uk/blackheath
Newbury, Berkshire £950,000
If you like to head out for a long, muddy walk with all the family after your Christmas dinner, this is the house for you. This five-bedroom barn conversion is on the edge of a downland village with fields all around. The double height dining room will take an enormous Christmas tree and there’s a utility room next to the kitchen for all the muddy boots.
Call Winkworth’s Newbury office on 01635 552552 www.winkworth.co.uk/newbury
Lucca, near Tuscany POA
It’s not quite Santa’s grotto, this 16th century hideaway, but it’s a grotto nevertheless. It comes with a five-bedroom villa, a guesthouse and a staff house. Fabulous if you prefer to get away from it all at Christmas. The buildings sit in three acres of manicured Renaissance-style gardens and there’s a large swimming pool.
Call Winkworth’s international sales 020 7870 7181 www.winkworth-international.com