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Bonfire Night: homes to ignite your imagination

Guy Fawkes Night on November 5 is a time when spectacular firework displays burst into action across our skies, but on the ground there are equally impressive homes for sale.

Guy Fawkes Night on November 5 is a time when spectacular firework displays burst into action across our skies, but on the ground there are equally impressive homes for sale. We round-up a colourful range of properties that make an impact. Many are in the UK, but there are a few to mark local celebrations and traditions around the world, too. So remember, remember the fifth of November with properties to inspire a burning desire.

St George’s Hill, Weybridge, Surrey POA

There can’t be a property on the market today that is much more impressive than this one. From its prestigious St George’s Hill location to its top notch entertaining spaces, it delivers on every level. The exclusive local lawn tennis club holds a fireworks night each year.

Call Winkworth’s Weybridge office on 01932 854400

Nadderwater, Exeter, Devon £535,000

A hilltop eyrie will give you the very best view of everybody else’s fireworks displays and this refurbished Old Chapel is ideal. With panoramic vistas and a raised patio, you can enjoy all the comforts of home, while taking in a number of displays. The house has four bedrooms, modern interiors with period features and a double garage with workshop space.

Call Winkworth’s Exeter office on 01392 271177

Little Durnford, Salisbury, Wiltshire £2.95m

This modern woodland cottage is timber clad and approached by the first floor, with the living space downstairs. Built into the hillside, it has outstanding views of the whole district’s fireworks displays. The master suite is on the lower floor, with en suite and a room that could be a study or a gym. Outside is a lake that will reflect your Catherine wheels and silver fountains, should you celebrate at home.

Call Winkworth’s Salisbury office on 01722 443000

Court Hill, Potterne, Wiltshire £1.1m

This superb country house has served as the Wiltshire brigade’s HQ since 1948, but now the fire fighters are moving out. The building offers potential for eight bedrooms and comes with a splendid coach house. To celebrate Bonfire Night, head to Chippenham nearby.

Call Winkworth’s Devizes office on 01380 729777

Monkton, Minster, Kent £850,000

This magnificent manor was once the home of Baroness Orczy, the author of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Her fictional hero had somewhat different political motives to Guy Fawkes, but the two were equally high profile. This property has an exquisite orangery – somewhere perhaps to shelter if November 5 proves chilly.

Call Winkworth’s Canterbury office on 01227 456645

Cherkley Hill, Leatherhead, Surrey £4.75m

On a two-acre plot between charming Dorking and opulent Oxshott, this modern mansion offers period charm and contemporary living. With hints of Elizabethan and Jacobean architectural styles, Guy Fawkes would feel right at home. Especially in the stone faced wine cellar, lined with barrels.

Call Winkworth’s Guildford office on 01483 339977

Kingston, Lewes, East Sussex £1.15m

Lewes claims to be the bonfire capital of the world and there’s no denying the locals really go to town. Throughout Lewes, there are processions, burning barrels, bonfires and fireworks. If you need to escape the hubbub, this four-bedroom house is in Kingston, just two miles out of town.

Call Winkworth’s Lewes office on 01273 471471

Appleford, Abingdon, Oxfordshire £1.1m

Guy Fawkes was the individual down in the cellar guarding the gunpowder. The leader of the plotters was Robert Catesby, a prominent Catholic from Warwickshire. He had been educated at Gloucester Hall, Oxford. This handsome modern home is within easy reach of Oxford and has six bedrooms, plus a wealth of living space.

Call Winkworth’s Oxford office 01865 511333

Boulevard St Germain, Paris £4.4m

Across the Channel, the French hold spectacular firework displays to mark Bastille Day on July 14. This celebration remembers the storming of the Bastille in 1789. From the balcony of this apartment, you will have a grandstand view of an elaborate fireworks display framed by the Eiffel Tower.

Call Winkworth’s international sales 020 7870 7181

Vaud, Switzerland POA

Switzerland holds its own bonfire night and it’s nothing to do with Guy Fawkes. No, the guilds of Zurich burn a snowman on the third Monday in April. Following a parade around the city, they set fire to the snowman at 6pm. The quicker its head explodes, the better the summer will be. To be in with the chance of enjoying a Swiss summer, buy this fabulous lakeside property near Montreux. It has eight bedrooms and a cellar à la Guido Fawkes.

Call Winkworth’s international sales 020 7870 7181

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