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Generally the country retreat of aristocrats and minor gentry, these large houses or mansions were designed to impress. Some were built to harmonise with the landscape, while others were built to utterly dominate it, probably revealing more about the owners than they anticipated. Today many country houses, have been restored and renovated to become comfortable family residences.

The house where Christopher Robin used to play
17th June 2013
listed house with literary and rock connection for sale
Crotchford Farm, Cotchford Lane, Hartfield, East Sussex, TN7 4DN
Guide price £2,000,000

AA Milne's House
Grade II listed Crotchford Farm is a delightful 16th century farmhouse nestled in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of Hartfield village and has not one but two claims to fame. It was once the home of children’s author A.A Milne (the property formed the backdrop of the tales of his son Christopher Robin, Pooh bear and all his friends) and it was also once owned by Rolling Stone, Brian Jones who lived here until his death in 1969. Inside this six bedroomed house is full of character with an abundance of exposed timbers and beams. Outside, it's set in ten acres of grounds with mature, landscaped gardens, a heated swimming pool and a number of outbuildings and there's plenty evidence of the world famous children classic stories. There's a sundial with all of the Pooh characters, a lovely statue of Christopher Robin and if you follow the stream that runs along the southern wooded boundary you'll find 'Pooh Sticks Bridge' - perfect for anyone interested in recreating the idyllic pooh sticks pastime. more

A lakeside retreat in Snowdonia
13th of May 2013
former rectory for sale
The Old Rectory, Nr Tywyn, Tal-y-llyn, LL36 9AJ
Guide price £595,000
Former Rectory In Snowdonia
The Old Rectory on the Lake at Tal-y-Llyn in south Snowdonia is a stunning lakeside residence far from the madding crowd. Set on the slopes of Cader Idris within the Snowdonia National Park, the property is set in one and a half acres of woodland garden with spectacular views and lakeside frontage. The rectory has four bedrooms, an adjoining self contained holiday let, lakeside summer house, sauna cabin and outdoor hot tub. Too good not to share, it has been run as a successful, luxury bed and breakfast (graded five star) for the last seven years, but for those who want it all to themselves, it could easily revert back to a family home with The Rectory Retreat perhaps being used as granny / teenage annexe. more

A historical Scottish country house with Jacobite connections
16th of April 2012
historical country house by Ben Nevis for sale
Tirindrish House, Spean Bridge, PH34 4EU
Guide price £800,000

Historic Jacobite House For Sale
Tirindrish House is located in the Great Glen on the outskirts of Spean Bridge village and can be traced back to the 1500's. Owned for centuries by the MacDonald family (known as the 'Gorries'), it was Donald MacDonald who launched the first attack of the 1745 Jacobite rising with the battle of High Bridge, where he defeated government troops. The main house has over 400 sqm accommodation with six bedrooms and seven public rooms and is set in 12.5 acres of grounds with magnificent views of the Ben Nevis mountain range and the Aonach Mor ski area. Within the grounds are a plot of land with planning permission, tennis court and a two bedroom four star self catering cottage called 'Gorries Lair'. The current owners have generated a good income by providing holiday lets and Bed and Breakfast and there is great potential for the new owners to further develop and expand this historic Highland getaway. more

A Victorian country house with boathouse and loch frontage
5th of December 2011
Victorian country house on Loch Goil for sale
Swallowbank, Lochgoilhead, Argyll, PA24 8AH
Fixed price £320,000

Lochgoilhead House With Boathouse And Shore Access
Swallowbank is a charming Victorian country house in the attractive Argyllshire village of Lochgoilhead, situated in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The house is set in 1.4 and is formed over three levels with three public rooms and four bedrooms in the main part of the house and a lower ground floor level which could be kept as part of the house or converted to a self contained flat / holiday let subject to the necessary consents. There is direct access to the water from the bottom of the garden and there's even a small boat house situated within the gardens. Moorings are available in the loch subject to an annual payment to the Crown Estate which offers the keen yachtsman the ideal opportunity to enjoy messing around on the water on his very own doorstep. more

A Downton Abbey style property with its very own curse
3rd of October 2011
Jacobean mansion house for sale
Howsham Hall, Howsham, York, YO60 7PJ
Offers over £5,000,000
Howsham Hall For Sale
Grade I listed Howsham Hall is largely late Jacobean with early classical renaissance influences and has only been on the market three times since 1573. The current owner has comprehensively upgraded the house into an exceptional historic 8-10 bedroom home, with 21st Century advancements ensuring a comfortable environment for a modern day stately home. The 83.50 acres of grounds include formal lawns, parkland and pastureland and the sale includes fishing rights and sporting rights. It's the perfect "Downton Abbey-esque" property for those seeking bygone grandeur . . . or is it! Howsham Hall was built on the site of a previous manor house using stone from the nearby Kirkham Priory, an act that was considered sacrilege at the time and it is said that a curse was placed on Howsham Hall and the people that owned it. more

Take centre stage in this 19th century country house
18th April 2011
converted staging post country house for sale
Braemore Square Country House, Lochbroom, Ullapool, IV23
Offers in the region of £850,000

Ullapool Country House For Sale
Built in approximately 1840, this architecturally beautiful former staging post offered a resting place for travellers and horses facing the climb up to Braemore. And the property is still used today by travellers en route to Ullapool and the Outer Hebrides as the Braemar Square Country House is now a high quality four star Bed and Breakfast business with the added benefit of four self catering holiday apartments for guests who wish to holiday in the local area. Also included in the sale are approximately twenty two acres of land with trout fishing rights on the River Broom - an added bonus for the guests. An ideal opportunity to own a little bit of history that comes complete with a healthy income. more

Become a member of the gentry in the laird's house with the dream garden
26th October 2010
lairds house for sale
Culter House, Coulter, Biggar, South Lanarkshire, ML12 6PZ
Offers over £995,000

Culter House Lairds House For Sale
Culter House has to be one of the most beautiful Laird’s Houses in the South of Scotland and it sits in truly, impressive grounds. To the rear is a mile long, tree lined avenue. The stunning walled garden has been beautifully landscaped and boasts centuries old fruit trees and a pre-Revolutionary French rose species. There's a boules piste, a flood lit plunge pool with fountains, a BBQ area and there's even a 3-hole pitch-and-putt golf course to practice your golf shots. Despite its size, Culter House is an ideal family house with six bedrooms and a manageable number of reception rooms, some with original panelling, to ensure that they are all in regular use. With land of 32 acres, outbuildings and the prestige of being "laird" of the manor, this is a wonderful and unique property. more

Life's not a bitch in this historical tower house
24th September 2010
tower house for sale
Bitchfield Tower, Belsay, Northumberland, NE20
Guide price £3,900,000

Historical Tower House For Sale
Bitchfield Tower is a highly impressive and unique country house set within stunning Northumbrian countryside. The tower, a fine example of a Northumberland Pele tower, dates back to Medieval times. The property but has since been wonderfully restored with great care to its current excellent condition. With four reception rooms and nine bedrooms, the house is a Cluedo delight. The three bedroom staff flat, one bedroom gatehouse, offices and outbuildings would make this the ultimate in "working from home" properties. The gardens and grounds of six acres include a championship sized all weather tennis court, a croquet lawn, beautiful walks winding through the mature woodland and a well stocked trout lake. more


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