Ever wanted to live in a house, a very big house in the country? Try one of these five currently for sale on Zoopla.
Fancy yourself as Lord or Lady of the Manor? Most of us can only dream of owning an historic country home such as one of these, with price tags of £2.2m and beyond. But there’s nothing to stop you from snooping through the pictures.
1. Eight-bedroom detached house in East Barsham, Norfolk, for £2.65m
Built between 1520 and 1530, East Barsham Manor House has most famously played host to King Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon and subsequently Anne Boleyn. The king was clearly fond of the grand building, referring to it as his “small country palace in Barsham”.
The Grade I-listed Tudor home was originally built for Sir Henry Fermor, and after passing through the hands of several great families, is currently owned by artist and entrepreneur Roy Griffiths. While there aren’t many pictures of the interior, it’s safe to say that it’s going to need some careful modernising. But at least £350,000 has been slashed from the asking price, which should help.
Available via John D Wood & Co.
2. Eight-bedroom detached house in Capel, Surrey, for £2.5m
From the outside, Osbrooks (above) is every inch the Grade II-listed manor house, with records of its existence dating back to 1282. It evolved into its current form with additions in the 1600s and 1900s.
Inside, the country house has undergone a 21st century facelift, as the present owners have carried out extensive refurbishment. New features include French oak flooring in the dining room and Delacroix limestone in the reception hall. The imposing home is surrounded by 14 acres of grounds that include a heated swimming pool and formal gardens designed by famous horticulturalist, Gertrude Jekyll.
Available via UK Sotheby's International Realty
3. Seven-bedroom detached house in Burnett, Somerset, for £2.25m
The Manor House of Burnett, located near Bristol, is another country home boasting a Henry VIII connection, who obtained it after the break up of the monasteries.
It was later sold to wealthy Bristol wine merchant John Cutte, around 1570. Despite its age, the present owners are believed to only be the fifth occupiers of the property. The current Grade II-listed manor is thought to have been built in the early 1600s, although as is typical of these incredible houses, it saw changes and restorations during the following two centuries.
But, there’s no work required here, as the current owners have upgraded everything from the plumbing and electrics, up to the roof. As you'd expect with a former monarch's home, it’s still crammed full of character too, with period features including fireplaces, panelling and decorative ceilings.
Available via Cobb Farr Residential
4. Four-bedroom detached house in Chobham, Surrey, for £3.5m
While Brook Place (above), built in 1656, is a quintessentially English home, its design was heavily influenced by Flemish architects, with Dutch-inspired gables and brick work. The then owner, William Beauchamp, even transported some of the bricks from Holland by barge.
It had an early form of ‘central’ heating thanks to an innovative central chimney stack which is still in place, while the dining room contains carved panelling believed to have come from a property owned by the Flemish Baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens.
With its bi-fold doors, the kitchen and breakfast room extension is on the more contemporary side. Other modern updates include designer fittings and thorough work carried out on heating, plumbing and electrics.
Available via Hamptons International
5. Six-bedroom property in Ayot St Peter, Hertfordshire, POA
This classic country house was, until recently, called Ayot Place. But following comprehensive work to the house and gardens, it’s now known as Ayot Montfichet. The earliest part of the property was an open hall that dates back to 1485, while other notable additions include a minstrels’ gallery (for musicians), built in 1615, and the cross wing to the north of the hall that was also added 400 years ago.
In the mid 1990s, modernisation and remodelling was supervised by an architect to ensure that the new works were complementary. The main house is just the starting point, as the estate also contains a courtyard with a staff cottage, two flats, garages, stables and other outbuildings. There’s a detached Gardeners Cottage too which, with 27-acres and an ornamental lake to look after, will definitely need an occupant.
Available via Aitchisons