|Property round up|
om grand country estates to chic city pads, we search for the best homes on the market this month:
1. LOWER BATSON, DEVON
Vine House is a magnificent Georgian property with a much sought-after waterside location and a fabulous entertaining space that makes the most of its creek-side setting. Just a short walk from the pretty sailing town of Salcombe and complemented by separate guest accommodation, the house is set in around 1.75 acres of delightful gardens with a secluded terrace and elevated sun deck. Downstairs, the open-plan kitchen/dining/sitting room area is perfect for entertaining and leisurely living. A window seat overlooks the water and the large, light sitting room offers relaxation with a breathtaking view. The drawing room is slightly more traditional, with a large open fireplace and doors to a study. The en-suite master bedroom has a classic roll-top bath and both enjoy views of the creek. There are two further bedrooms and a spacious family bathroom. The separate guest accommodation has a sitting room with sliding doors leading to a private terrace. Outside, a former piggery is home to a large sheltered dining area with picturesque views of the creek. Marchand Petit, 01548 844473, www.marchandpetit.co.uk.
In a rural setting north of Penrith, Wells House is a charming 18th-century property that’s well located for Carlisle, the M6 motorway and the Lake District National Park. Approached along a gated driveway, the spacious five-bedroom property – which has been tastefully extended – has three reception rooms on the ground floor, including an L-shape sitting room with open fireplace, an open-plan kitchen with range-style cooker and a bar/games room. Upstairs, there’s an en-suite master bedroom with a dressing room, four bedrooms and a family shower room. Set in 12 acres, the property has its own equestrian facilities, including paddocks to the rear, side and back of the property and a range of useful outbuildings, including stables and an open-sided horse shelter. Smiths Gore, 01289 333030, www.smithsgore.co.uk.
Set in fabulous gardens with panoramic views of the Peak District hills, The Hague is a short drive from the bustling village of Broadbottom and just 12 miles from Manchester city centre. Built in 1850 by a wealthy mill owner, the house has mullioned windows, high ceilings with decorative cornices, open fireplaces and an impressive entrance hall with a tiled floor and a solid-wood carved staircase. There are six bedrooms, one en-suite, and two bathrooms. The ground-floor reception rooms include a drawing room, dining room, study and a kitchen/breakfast room with pantry and separate utility room. Adjacent to the property is a double garage and workshop with an annexe above comprising bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette/living space. Jackson-Stops & Staff, 01625 540340, www.jackson-stops.co.uk.
Chaters Cottage is a commuters’ paradise with fast trains from nearby Milton Keynes station taking just over 30 minutes to reach the capital. The quintessential 4-5 bed thatched cottage offers flexible accommodation and boasts a traditional interior full of original features, including beams, vaulted ceilings and inglenook fireplaces. The unusual snug with conical, double-height, beamed ceiling is now used as an occasional bedroom and a there is a study off a hallway leading to the lounge. The country-style kitchen/breakfast room has an oil-fired Aga and leads to a utility room with access to the garden. Up the winding staircase, there are three bedrooms and two bathrooms with the double aspect master bedroom being en-suite. Outside there’s a large garage with adjacent guest wing. Taylors Executive Homes, 01908 240981, www.taylorsestateagents.co.uk.
Little Doucegrove, a unique and imposing country house with twin roundels, has an edge-of-village location and is believed to date from the early 1900s. Set in 37 acres, there’s a heated swimming pool and a one-bedroom, self-contained pool house annexe that provides extra accommodation. There are four reception rooms, including a dining room and study in each roundel, plus a stunning galleried reception hall. The 24-foot kitchen/breakfast room includes a conservatory that makes the most of the garden and terrace views. On the first floor, there are six bedrooms and five bathrooms. The grounds include sweeping gardens, a large terrace and a woodland of scientific interest that’s home to rare butterflies and moths. The Country Property Group, 01580 848167, www.countrypropertygroup.com.
Located between the local market towns of Skipton, Clitheroe and Settle, Swinden Hall enjoys a countryside location and has excellent commuter links to West Yorkshire, East Lancashire and the M65. Dating from the mid 1600s and Grade-II listed, the property has a studded entrance door, mullioned windows with drip mouldings, exposed beams and stonework, fireplaces and ornate plasterwork. Spread over three floors, the house has four reception rooms, including a dining room with a minstrel gallery landing to three sides. There are four first-floor bedrooms, two second-floor bedrooms and a games room with a magnificent truss beam. The secluded gardens comprise a large level lawn, a wooded copse and a paddock. There’s a double garage with a first-floor studio. Dacre, Son & Hartley, 01756 701010, www.dacres.co.uk.
10. TERRINGTON, ST CLEMENT
Amberley Place House, a Grade-II listed period property, sits in the pretty village of Amberley at the foot of the South Downs. The elevated rear garden provides breathtaking views of the Amberley Wildbrooks wetlands and has a paved terrace area. Inside, the property has a delightful kitchen/breakfast room, with exposed timbers, that opens into a small study. The spacious 31-foot drawing room has a large exposed brick and stone fireplace, still retaining its original bread oven, and doors leading outside to a covered porch that’s ideal for dining. The dining room has painted beams and a staircase to the first floor. The split-level first floor has a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, four further bedrooms and a bathroom. Strutt & Parker, 01473 214841, www.struttandparker.com.
Set in 25 acres, Derwent Oak Farm is nestled in the heart of the Derwent Valley. The Grade-II listed property, with large annexe and state-of-the-art leisure suite makes it an ideal buy for those looking for a dual generation property. The farmhouse has two principal reception rooms, each with inglenook fireplaces, a kitchen/dining room, garden room and three bedrooms, one of which is en-suite. The annexe comprises a large vaulted sitting room, family room, dining room, drawing room and kitchen with beautiful stone-tiled floor and hardwood units. Upstairs, there’s a spacious master en-suite with dressing room, plus two further en-suite bedrooms. The leisure suite includes a games room, swimming pool, sauna and cinema and outside there’s an all-weather tennis court. Smiths Gore, 01434 632404, www.smithsgore.co.uk.
Conveniently located on the High Street in the heart of the village, Avonbury is a double-fronted Georgian gem with three bedrooms. The property has a wealth of character, with original fireplaces, exposed ceiling beams, leadlight windows and traditional flagged floors. The ground floor boasts five reception rooms, including a drawing room, dining hallway, sun room, study, breakfast room and kitchen. The first floor has three bedrooms, two of which have en-suite shower rooms, a dressing room that could easily be converted into a fourth bedroom and the family bathroom. At the back of the property is a charming walled garden with a courtyard leading through to the main garden, then another patio area and steps up to the lawn. Sotherby’s International Realty, 01789 200900, www.sotherbysrealty.co.uk.
Bivelham Oast House is a delightful twin roundel property in rural surroundings with views over protected countryside. The oast has been beautifully restored and has the added benefit of a 30-foot by 20-foot multifunctional detached barn. The formal gardens are secluded and of a manageable size, with the remainder of the 6.8 acre grounds being laid to level fenced paddocks. The sitting room, with woodburning stove and oak flooring, is light and double aspect with lovely views over open countryside. The dining room is in a roundel, as is the kitchen, which is fitted with oak units and granite worktops. The master bedroom is double aspect with far-reaching views and an en-suite shower. There are four more bedrooms, two of which are in roundels, and a bathroom. Freeman Forman, 01892 615757, www.freemanforman.co.uk.
Well placed for the opening stages of the Tour De France, Brook House is set in a picturesque village between Ripon and Harrogate. The spacious, six-bedroom property is primarily arranged over two floors, but also has a useful cellar and attic rooms. The elegant interior retains its character with high ceilings, open fireplaces and sash windows. There is a large formal drawing room, a dining room with doors that lead to the conservatory and a large kitchen/breakfast room with steps leading down to the family room. On the first floor, the master bedroom is en-suite and there are four further bedrooms, two family bathrooms and a playroom, with the sixth bedroom being an attic room on the second floor. The property has outbuildings and enclosed gardens. Dacre, Son & Hartley, 01765 605151, www.dacres.co.uk.
Graftons is a seven-bedroom detached family home located about three miles from the village of Cuckfield. It boasts a wealth of character, including a thatched roof, fireplaces and exposed beams. The dual aspect sitting room leads to a lovely sun room and there’s a 26-foot dining room with doors leading to the garden. The kitchen/breakfast room is spacious and the family room has a feature fireplace. The first floor boasts a master bedroom with en-suite shower room and built-in wardrobes, six further bedrooms, a family bathroom and a shower room. Surrounded by grounds of about an acre, that are laid mainly to lawn and surrounded by mature hedging and raised flowerbeds. There’s a sunny patio area with built-in seating and two pergolas. King & Chasemore, 01403 342018, www.kingandchasemore.co.uk.
18. KELVEDON HATCH, ESSEX
Brimming with Georgian character, Kumra Lodge is located centrally between Brentwood, Ongar and Shenfield. The five-bedroom detached house has grounds of 1.5 acres, with outbuildings and a heated swimming pool. There are four formal reception rooms, including a sitting room and a drawing room that has partly glazed folding doors leading to the conservatory plus a kitchen/breakfast room and a study. Additionally, there are two cloakrooms, a utility room and a racked cellar. The master bedroom is en-suite and there are four further bedrooms, a family bathroom and a shower room. The grounds include a former stable block, a kitchen garden complete with mature fruit trees and vegetable beds, and croquet and tennis lawns. Hetheringtons, 01277 724705, www.hetheringtons.co.uk.
Arranged over four floors, Knowle House sits on top of Knowle Hill with panoramic views of the Chew Valley and its lake. The Grade-II listed property has period features including panelled walls, plain and ornate ceiling cornices, working window shutters all in old pitch pine, period fireplaces and oak, flagstone and quarry tiled floors. The lower ground floor comprises family room with inglenook fireplace and access to the garden, a kitchen/breakfast room with an Aga and a garden room with lake views. The elegant drawing room, dining room and study with balcony are on the ground floor. The master bedroom suite with three exposed roof trusses is located on the top floor and has idyllic lake views. Also on this floor, you’ll find a guest suite, three further bedrooms and two bathrooms. Knight Frank, 0117 317 1999, www.knightfrank.co.uk.
20. BUSSAGE, GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Built in 1850 in the Gothic revival style, the arched windows of St Michael’s Garth are a key architectural feature. Grade-II listed and set in a hill-top village with exceptional views across to Middle Lypiatt Manor, the house comes with detailed planning permission for a two-story annexe. The two main reception rooms are light and spacious with high ceilings and pretty fireplaces. The large kitchen/breakfast room has views across the valley and an inner hall, which is currently used as a pantry, and links the utility room to a home office with French windows out to the garden. On the first floor the views are even more impressive. Here you’ll discover a spacious master bedroom, a guest bedroom with an integral shower, three further bedrooms and a family bathroom. Strutt & Parker, 01285 627681, www.struttandparker.com.