For many people, an English country house is the ultimate dream home. Whether a grand mansion or a cosy cottage, countryside properties are always in demand and the best ones only change hands very rarely. However there are several prime ones on the market now – and we have picked our five favourites here.
1. Aldbourne, Wiltshire
Bay House in Aldbourne, Wiltshire, has recently come on the market for the first time in 65 years. It is an impressive, Grade II listed house with seven bedrooms and lots of character as well as a vast private garden and a good size outbuilding. This spacious house has a kitchen/breakfast room, a sitting room, a study and a cloakroom, plus a sewing room and three bathrooms. What's more, it’s within easy reach of the village and its lovely shop, pubs, bakery and outstanding primary school. Priced at £995,000, it’s on the market with Winkworth Marlborough 01672 552 777.
2. Saxmundham, Suffolk
On Suffolk’s Heritage Coast, Bridge House in Saxmundham, Suffolk, is an attractive six bedroom detached house set within three acres of grounds, just a few minutes from the beach. It has architectural characteristics typical of the village, including Suffolk red bricks, black tile roofs, flint elevations and lattice windows, and the house has several outbuildings with lots of potential (one of them has recently been used as a tea room). It’s a large house with scope for modernisation and broad appeal; it’s on the market with Winkworth Southwold 01502 723007 for £1m.
3. Poole, Dorset
Jay Cottage in Lytchett Matravers, Poole, dates back to 1750. Situated in one of Dorset’s most beautiful spots, it has an elevated position offering views over the Isle of Purbeck and Poole Harbour as well as beautifully landscaped gardens. The charming and characterful house has a traditional thatched roof and four bedrooms, plus three reception rooms, three bathrooms, a garden office, a double garage and an outdoor heated swimming pool. Original features include beamed ceilings, inglenook fireplaces and a secret staircase; the house is listed with Winkworth Wimborne 01202 841171 at £885,000.
4. Salisbury, Wiltshire
Well-maintained Crown Cottage has a peaceful location on the Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire and dates back to 1550. The attractive three storey house in the pretty hamlet of Orcheston has a traditional feel and lots of space, with a vast garden, five bedrooms and four reception rooms. There is a separate annexe with a bedroom, bathroom and sitting room, and the house is on the books at Winkworth Salisbury 01722 443000 at £795,000.
5. Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire
This elegant barn conversion has a semi-rural location on the outskirts of Chalfont St Peter, near Gerrards Cross. It has a large private driveway that leads through well-landscaped grounds, while inside the house there is a grand central hallway with lots of light and space. As well as four bedrooms and four bathrooms, there are flagstone floors, exposed brickwork and beamed ceilings as well as a galleried area that’s used as a snug. An open plan space makes an excellent family room and leads out onto the patio and garden beyond. It’s an impressive house, priced at £1.495m with Winkworth Beaconsfield 01494 677978.
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