With Christmas only around the corner, we’ve asked a selection of agents across the Winkworth network to choose a house that they would, if only they could, buy themselves for Christmas.
Angela Ramsey of Winkworth Lewes
The house: Berwick House, near Lewes, a five-bedroom, late Victorian house standing in 2 acres with views over the South Downs.
Asking price: £1.7m
Why is it so perfect? Berwick house has the kitchen of your dreams especially if you love to entertain, as I do, with its stunning location and beautiful views. The lodge in the grounds is also great for guests coming down for the weekend or extended family. It has a very atmospheric feeling about it and welcomes you in, in all a very beautiful house. I just need to win the lottery!
If you can’t have it, who might buy it? A family from London looking for country living but still needing to commute to the capital. It’s also a really good house for two generations of the same family coming together as it has the space to accommodate that.
Matthew Hallett of Winkworth Salisbury
The house: The Hollows in Lower Woodford, a four-bedroom, completely renovated country cottage which enjoys an elevated position in Wiltshire’s popular Woodford Valley.
Asking price: £650,000
Why is it so perfect? The reason I like it so much is the toasty fireplace with its clever heat recovery unit, the footpath which provides the perfect dog walk to a lovely local pub and the gorgeous views across the beautiful Woodford Valley. The valley combines chocolate box villages along the River Avon with dramatic rolling hills and an ease of access to London by road and rail. The fishing is sublime and the topography transports game shooting to another level. It’s a little piece of heaven – what more could I want for Christmas?
If you can’t have it, who might buy it? If Hilltop is not under the tree for me, then the buyer could be a downsizing couple or a professional family looking for village life in rural, yet commutable, surroundings.
Steve Brown of Winkworth Blackheath
The house: St German’s Place, Blackheath SE3, a three-bedroom duplex apartment which takes over the top floors of this Grade II listed house.
Asking price: £1.5m
Why is it so perfect? It simply has the finest view overlooking Blackheath Common itself and panoramic views out over London and the South East. It would be an incredible space to entertain in and would be amazing watching the fireworks over New Year’s Eve or the start of the London Marathon.
If you can’t have it, who might buy it? This apartment would be ideal as a “pad” for a professional couple or a luxury pied-a-terre.
Stewart Boyd of Winkworth Willesden Green, Kensal Rise & Queen’s Park
The house: Trevelyan Gardens, Kensal Rise, NW10, a modernised four-bedroom family with a garden just off fashionable Chamberlayne Road.
Asking price: £1.65m
Why is it so perfect? The house has great lateral space, off street parking and is located in a cul-de-sac in the heart of Kensal Rise. This means that the property is very close to the hustle and bustle but is also tucked away and quiet. There is also a public tennis court just to the north on Chelmsford Square and I’m a tennis fan.
If you can’t have it, who might buy it? This is a perfect house for a family with the opportunity to extend into the loft if more space is required.
Tom Lepsky of Winkworth Weybridge
The house: Pine Grove, Weybridge, Surrey, a four-bedroom, four-bathroom family house which is close to the station and the shops on Queens Road.
Asking price: £1.1m
Why is it so perfect? I have a young family and could easily see myself living in this superb four-bedroom house. The good location, decent sized garden (with plenty of room for my son to kick a rugby ball around in) and plenty of open-plan living space at the back of the property would allow for entertaining friends and family. There’s also a separate living room at the front which provides a space for the grown-ups to escape to! It’s also within walking distance of Oatlands Village and within the catchment zone of several good local schools.
If you can’t live in it, who might buy it? This is the perfect house for any family looking for a good-sized property with longevity as it has plenty of room for smaller children as well as for teenagers needing a little bit more personal space.
Simon Jacobs of Winkworth Devizes
The house: The house that I’d love to find in my stocking this Christmas is Beech House in Earlstoke, a five-bedroom property in a pretty village which we’re launching to the market in the New Year.
Asking price: £825,000
Why is it so perfect? This is a handsome Edwardian property which is approached from a sturdy veranda and opens to a large hallway with exactly the correct period floor tiles. All the character of the house remains in tact but what really swings it for me is the three-acre garden. It’s been thoughtfully planted with native specimen trees and important for a father of two daughters, a level lawn which is just right for marquees.
If you can’t have it, who might buy it? It’s ideal for a young family. Great Cheverell and Bratton both have well-regarded primary schools and Market Lavington, which is just three miles away, has two excellent secondary schools: Dauntsey’s and Lavington School.
From a spectacular five-bedroom family house in Brighton to a picture-perfect village spot overlooking a duck pond in Hampshire via a classic “Lion House” on the Peterborough Estate in Fulham, see what other possible Christmas stocking fillers our Winkworth offices are currently marketing by viewing our properties for sale.