|Property round up|
From grand country estates to chic city pads, we search for the best homes on the market:
2. TUNBRIDGE WELLS, KENT
Situated midway between the village centre and the New Forest National Park, Cranleigh is a sympathetically restored five bedroom, Edwardian detached property that combines modern living with period features. Highlights include a restored Edwardian fireplace, stained glass windows and a porch area with the original Edwardian tiled floor. The accommodation is arranged over three floors and includes a drawing room, dining room and impressive kitchen with island unit and full height folding doors opening out to the rear garden. The spacious master bedroom with en-suite spans the full width of the property and comes with a fully fitted dressing room. Outside there are front, side and rear gardens and a car port with storage above. John D Wood & Co, 01590 677233, www.johndwood.co.uk.
4. CAUNDLE MARSH, DORSET
If you hanker after a rural life, then this charming detached cottage, set in 9.5 acres of land, just a few miles from the historic abbey town of Sherborne may fit the bill. Sunnyview Farm is a Grade II-listed natural stone farmhouse with a thatch and tile roof. It is approached through timber gates and a long gravelled driveway with young trees on each side. Inside, there are two reception rooms with traditional features including window seats, ceiling beams and stone fireplaces, a kitchen/breakfast room, four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The main garden has a sheltered seating area, orchard, paved and decked area with summerhouse and a garage with its own office. The land is divided into four enclosures and is laid-to-level pasture bound by hedging with inset mature woodland trees. Chesterton Humberts, 01935 812323, www.chestertonhumberts.com.
Set in a dreamy coastal location, Fairford sits in an elevated position in the sought after village of Kippford, South West Scotland. The compact property would make the perfect holiday home for outdoor enthusiasts as there are woodland and coastal walks right on your doorstep, with cycling, hill walking and trout fishing also nearby. The house has three bedrooms, one of which is an attic room, and an open-plan living room/kitchen located on the upper floor with a balcony to make the most of the views overlooking the Urr Estuary towards Bengairn and Screel Hills beyond. The property is double glazed, has a natural sloping garden, which is packed with mature shrubs and plants, giving year-round interest, and the cellar is fitted with wall shelves. CKD Galbraith, 01556 505346, www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk.
6. TAUNTON, SOMERSET
Located in one of the best streets in Milverton – one of the West Country’s finest villages – Clothiers is a superb Georgian Grade II-listed village home, with large and private mature walled gardens at the rear. The property comprises three reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, four bedrooms, family bathroom, utility room and cloakroom, plus two outside barns, of which one has vehicular access. There are also two spacious loft areas, which, subject to the necessary planning consent, could be converted into extra bedrooms or a home office. The property has retained many of its period features, including high ceilings, fireplaces, panel doors, tiled floors and window shutters. It also benefits from off-street parking on the cobbled street and there is pedestrian access to the rear garden. Webbers, 01984 624055, www.webbers.co.uk.
7. CORBRIDGE, NORTHUMBERLAND
Orchard Gap is an imposing Arts & Crafts property that portrays many of the decorative features from this era, including a predominance of oak joinery, exposed wooden flooring, leaded windows and half-timbered elevations. The downstairs rooms are heavily beamed and there are splendid fireplaces in both the sitting and dining rooms. A family room leads off the hallway and through to a classic kitchen with oak-fronted units, a cream Aga and quarried tiled flooring. The first-floor galleried landing leads to a spacious en-suite master bedroom that has five windows providing wonderful views of the gardens. There’s an additional en-suite guest bedroom, along with three to four further bedrooms. Smiths Gore, 01434 632404, www.smithsgore.co.uk.
8. LAMBERHURST, KENT
Located on the Kent/Sussex border, this 17th-century Kent peg tile-hung farmhouse breathes character and boasts an abundance of beams, superb inglenook fireplaces and almost three acres of land, including paddocks, stables, orchards and a pond. The Grade II-listed home, dating back to the 1640s, is filled with light and includes a double aspect drawing room, separate dining room, living room and a farmhouse-style kitchen/breakfast room with wooden units and granite worktops. Upstairs there are six double bedrooms, including a guest suite and a double aspect master bedroom, a family bathroom and a snug. Externally there is a detached barn with two stables, two single garages, a store room and a workshop. The Country Property Group, 01580 211888, www.countrypropertygroup.com.
9. CANTERBURY, KENT
This attractive late-Victorian gatehouse has been extended to provide a home that mixes a traditional exterior with a contemporary interior. The Lodge is located about two miles outside Canterbury, and is decorated throughout in a soft, neutral palette. The light sitting room has bay windows and a fireplace with a gas effect wood-burner. The kitchen is fitted with classic cream Shaker-style units and a tiled floor. There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms, one of which is en-suite, and both bedrooms have built-in wardrobes to keep them clutter free. The property includes double glazing, louvred window shutters, a single detached garage and a beautiful garden with a lawn, shrubs and several mature trees. Chesterton Humberts, 01227 452780, www.chestertonhumberts.com.
10. BEWERLEY, NORTH YORKSHIRE
The Barn, Eagle Hall is a superb barn conversion set in a rural location overlooking the Nidderdale Valley. The property retains its character and provides spacious two-storey accommodation with underfloor heating, solid oak double glazed windows and solid oak external doors. Downstairs, there are two spacious reception rooms, a smaller living area, country-style kitchen, utility room and bedroom. A galleried landing to the first floor leads to two double bedrooms – the master bedroom features a dressing area and en-suite bathroom, and there’s also a family bathroom. There were originally three bedrooms to the first floor, which could be reinstated. At the rear of the property there’s an enclosed cobbled courtyard, which is perfect for alfresco dining, and extensive lawned gardens. Dacre, Son & Hartley, 01423 711010, www.dacres.co.uk.
11. SAINTBURY, GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Covert Cottage is set in one of the most charming North Cotswold villages and is about three miles from Chipping Camden. Dating from the late 16th or early 17th century with substantial 19th century renovations, this Grade II-listed property retains fine period features, including stone mullion windows with leaded lights, stone fireplaces and inglenooks, exposed timbers and beams and flagged floors. There are four delightful reception rooms over various levels, including a first-floor vaulted sitting room, two double aspect bedrooms, and a full height garden room with exposed green oak trusses, which leads to a kitchen/breakfast room. The English country garden is just over an acre, with terraces and a summerhouse. The former pigsties are used as workshops. Smiths Gore, 01451 832832, www.smithsgore.co.uk.
Stoke Hall is a handsome Grade II-listed country property set within five acres of land and located close to Nantwich, Tarporley and Chester City centre. The grand main house retains original features, including exposed woodblock flooring, oak panelling, feature fireplaces and staircases. There are seven bedrooms, of which the en-suite master bedroom has a freestanding bath mounted onto an oak platform, four bathrooms, six reception rooms, and a kitchen/breakfast room that blends modern and traditional elements seamlessly to give the wow factor. There’s also a gym and an outdoor swimming pool. Adjoining the main house is the East Wing, a two-storey house, and a single-storey dwelling, known as Grooms Cottage, which provides self-contained accommodation. Fine & Country, 01829 731300, www.fineandcountry.com.
13. DARTMOUTH, DEVON
Located in the stunning riverside town of Dartmouth, 33 Clarence Hill is a Regency Grade II-listed terraced property with stunning views towards the River Dart and Kingswear beyond. The property is arranged over four floors and includes a wealth of original features, including picture rails, ceiling roses and feature fireplaces. The first floor comprises sitting room and study and the lower ground floor is home to a kitchen/breakfast room and dining room, which has access to the small patio garden. Four bedrooms are spread over the upper two floors – the master bedroom has an en-suite and a second bedroom has a built-in shower cubicle and washbasin. The townhouse also comes with a single garage, which is within walking distance. Marchand Petit, 01803 839190, www.marchandpetit.co.uk.
14. NINFIELD, EAST SUSSEX
Summer Place is a rural gem located in 14.8 acres of woodland and meadow, just 4 miles from Bexhill-on-Sea and 6 miles from Battle. Boasting a handsome façade, this bespoke Millwood family home is designed to make the most of the views and includes a garden room with views on all four sides and a triple aspect sitting room with inglenook fireplace. The large kitchen/breakfast room is designed for entertaining and has access to the garden. Elsewhere there’s a laundry room, formal dining room, main bedroom with dressing room and en-suite, two further en-suite bedrooms, two double bedrooms and a family bathroom. Outside there’s a swimming pool, pool house, tennis court and a detached garage. The Country Property Group, 01580 211888, www.countrypropertygroup.com.
15. SIDBURY, EAST DEVON
Prepare to be charmed by this Grade II-listed farmhouse with an annexe, outbuildings and beautiful gardens. Furzehill Farmhouse is conveniently located within walking distance of the village centre, and inside you’ll find exposed beams, a cosy sitting room with an open fireplace, wood burner and idyllic windows seats, a main kitchen, utility room and secondary kitchen, while upstairs there are five bedrooms, including the master suite with a shower room and dressing room. The self-contained annexe comes with a kitchen, living area and two bedrooms. Outside, the extensive gardens have lovely countryside views and there’s a paved terrace with a seating area, ornamental pond, lawn area and wildflower garden. Jackson-Stops & Staff, 01392 214222, www.jackson-stops.co.uk.
16. SETTLE, NORTH YORKSHIRE
Located in the picturesque town of Settle and built within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Cleatop Park has been sympathetically restored to create a spacious five-bedroom family home. The property comes with a self-contained cottage that’s currently used as part of the main house, but does have the flexibility to be separated. There are exposed beams throughout and a lovely open-plan kitchen/diner with a utility room leading off, a sun room and a games room. The property has five double bedrooms, two of which are en-suite and one is a large attic room. Outside there’s a courtyard with a dated water feature, which is spring fed, and the garden, with superb views and a summerhouse, leads to a paddock and a croft. Dacre, Son & Hartley, 01729 823921, www.dacres.co.uk.
17. UFFINGTON, LINCOLNSHIRE
The Wash House is a charming stone property set in the Casewick Hall conservation area. It comprises the former laundry, estate office and other estate buildings that have been converted into a large family home with private gardens and access to communal gardens and parkland. The U-shaped house retains many of the original features, including casements and stable doors. The drawing room has a vaulted ceiling, stone mullion windows, open fireplace and double doors out to the garden. The large open-plan kitchen/breakfast room/sitting room is the heart of the home and the adjacent family room provides a smaller quieter space. There are six bedrooms divided between the original Wash House and the newly converted stable range, of which three are en-suite. Smiths Gore, 01780 484696, www.smithsgore.co.uk.
18. DOWN THOMAS, DEVON
In the South Hams village of Down Thomas you’ll discover Swallows, a converted barn located near picturesque beaches, and coastal and countryside walks. Just 3.5 miles from Plymouth, this four-bedroom family home has a light-filled conservatory that opens into the kitchen. The dual aspect sitting room has stunning views of far reaching countryside and a stone fireplace with wooden mantle and multi-fuel stove. The dining room has charming period features, including exposed beams, a window seat and a feature fireplace, and the master bedroom has fitted wardrobes and an en-suite bathroom. Step outside and the front garden has two paved patio areas suitable for alfresco dining and there’s also a courtyard at the rear of the barn. Marchand Petit, 01548 831163, www.marchandpetit.co.uk.
19. TWEMLOW GREEN, CHESHIRE
A long tree-lined private driveway, stone pillars and approximately 21 acres of open parkland and woodland mark the approach to historic Twemlow Hall, a handsome, triple gabled 17th-century country house, just 2.5 miles from Holmes Chapel. Internally, the Grade II-listed five-bedroom property doesn’t disappoint, with towering high ceilings and spacious, light rooms, with a layout ideal for modern family living. The expansive galleried entrance hall has a majestic carved oak staircase leading to the first floor and the principal reception rooms all feature beautiful fireplaces, coving, ceiling roses and oak parquet floor. The formal gardens include a secret garden, two large lakes and ancient woodland that offers privacy and stunning woodland walks. Jackson-Stops & Staff, 01625 540340, www.jackson-stops.co.uk.
20. LELANT, CORNWALL
The Old Vicarage is located in the quaint village of Lelant just outside St Ives and within easy reach of a castaway beach at Porth Kidney Sands, good surf at Hawks Point and bracing walks along the South West Coastal Path. Thought to date from the late Regency period, this sympathetically restored family house has well-proportioned rooms, high ceilings and three spacious reception rooms, plus a study and a family-sized kitchen with an Aga. There are five bedrooms in the main house, plus a two-bedroom semi-self-contained guest wing. The extensive gardens include a sun terrace with glorious views over adjoining countryside and there’s a stone-built studio for those who want to work from home. Chesterton Humberts, 01872 278288, www.chestertonhumberts.com.