|Property round up|
From the latest grand country estates to chic city pads, we search for the best homes on the market:
At over 11,000 sq feet, Walton Hall is a spacious Grade-II* listed country house, with 7.5 acres of parkland. It was built in 1724 and has been in the same family ever since. Four grand reception rooms lead off the entrance hall, from which the staircase rises to the galleried landing and six bedrooms. There are seven further rooms on the uninhabited second floor. Two adjoining cottages are also included. Knight Frank, 0121 362 7878, www.knightfrank.com.
TOBERMOREY, ISLE OF MULL
This former lighthouse keeper’s cottage is accessed only via a hilly path or by boat, yet within walking distance of the town. Originally designed as two semi-detached dwellings, it’s now a four-bed house with 80 acres of land, a mile of shore front and uninterrupted views over the Sound of Mull. There’s no mains water or electricity – water comes from a spring, heat from solid fuel fires/stoves and light from paraffin and gas lamps. Bell Ingram, 01631 566122, www.bellingram.co.uk.
Situated on a private no-through road on the edge of the village, 500-year old River View is a Grade-II listed terraced house with direct views on to the River Gade. It stretches over three floors and includes a sitting room, kitchen/dining room, garden room, three bedrooms, one with an ensuite shower room, and family bathroom. An inglenook fireplace, exposed timbers and latched doors are among the features. Oakleys, 01442 386555, www.oakleyestate.co.uk.
Detached barn conversion Hen Gor, sits in grounds of about one third of an acre with spectacular countryside views. It comprises three bedrooms, three bath/shower rooms, kitchen, utility and dining room, plus a triple aspect sitting room with a freestanding multi-fuel stove and oak picture window spanning the length of the gable end wall. A workshop, office and kennels number among the various outbuildings. Samuel Wood & Company, 01691 659951, www.samuelwood.co.uk.
THISTLETON, OAKHAM RUTLAND
Built in the 1600s of local stone with a steep pitched slate roof, Grade-II listed The Old Rectory is a six-bedroom village house, retaining many characteristics of the Georgian period. It has well proportioned rooms, casement sash windows, original beams and solid wood panelled doors. The extensive grounds include lawns, woodland, a walled garden, hard-surface tennis court and a four-acre paddock, with open countryside beyond. Fine & Country, 01780 750200, www.fineandcountry.co.uk.
Howpasley is not just a substantial house but an entire 270 acre Borders estate, complete with woodland, meadows, a small loch – and swan. The house, dating from around 1856 and approached via a tree-lined driveway, has four reception rooms, eight bedrooms and a maid’s flat with separate stairway from the kitchen. There’s full planning consent for an extension to add an orangery, bedroom suite, studio and summer kitchen. Strutt & Parker, 0131 226 2500, www.struttandparker.com.
There’s a real sense of history about this Grade-II listed stone house that was constructed from the ruined remains of Northampton Castle. Accommodation is arranged over four floors, comprising an entrance hall, lounge, dining area, kitchen, breakfast area, cloakroom, four bedrooms, en-suite shower room and family bathroom, and a double garage. Richard Greener, 01604 230222, www.richardgreener.co.uk.
South Cottage’s setting could hardly be more magical – it lies hidden from view down a quaint country lane in a garden of nearly an acre overlooking a natural pond that’s home to ducks and geese. The Grade-II listed thatched property dates from the 17th century and has three bedrooms, a downstairs bathroom, kitchen, scullery, study, and a living room with an inglenook fireplace and original beams. Durrants, 01986 872553, www.durrants.com.
HENWOOD, LISKEARD, CORNWALL
The name is an obvious clue to the The Old Post House’s past – it was the village post office until about 30 years ago. Today it’s a beautifully restored five-bedroom house, lying in a conservation area and surrounded by a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Charming character features include slate flooring in the kitchen, Georgian multi-paned windows, ornate ceiling roses and coving. Miller & Sons, 01579 344401, www.millerson.com.
UFFINGTON, FARRINGDON, OXFORDSHIRE
Grade-II listed Largo House was once the vicarage in this sought-after village, overlooked by the White Horse. It boasts many period features, in particular shuttered sash windows, exposed floorboards and panelled doors. On the ground floor are two reception rooms, a large kitchen and breakfast room, with six bedrooms, two bathrooms and a shower room arranged over the two floors above. Included in the sale is the former coach house with a garage, office and storage space. Savills, 01865 339700, www.savills.com.