There’s nothing better, after a long stint in the city, than escaping away from the hustle and bustle of the high rise to the calm and quiet of the countryside. And, once you’ve arrived into this tranquility, there’s nothing better than kicking back in a classic countryside retreat. From towering chimneys to stone walls – and the acres and acres of land in which they sit – the endless traditional features will ensure that you’ll never get bored exploring – and you’ll never be so relaxed. Here are 8 of the best on the market right now.
Laundry House, Hindon Road, East Knoyle
Situated in the popular village of East Knoyle, this property has been upgraded and extended over recent years to create a stylish, versatile and attractive home with a contemporary feel. Full of character features which include fireplaces and wooden ceiling beams. Also, it’s close to a traditional pub: the Fox and Hounds.
Brock Hill House, Broadclyst, Exeter
A magnificent Georgian residence in the popular village of Broadclyst, Brock Hill House is a magnificent period residence which is thought to date back to the 18th Century. The house has a fine Georgian façade, is set within its own grounds of approximately 4 acres, and adjoins National Trust farmland – what more could you want?
Quebec House, Heytesbury, Wylye Valley
The pretty riverside and highly sought after village of Heytesbury is situated in the glorious Wylye Valley – an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ famous for its fly fishing and delightful scenery. Quebec House, thought to date to the 1700s, has recently undergone updating and redecorating with care taken to preserve the period character features such as the fireplaces, flagstone floors, beams and shutters.
Ivy House Farm, Fyfield, Essex
Occupying a commanding elevated position, Ivy House Farm has been skilfully extended and refurbished to a high standard, giving spacious accommodation over three floors, and a useful cellar. And, if you didn’t think it was traditional enough already, the dining room features a large inglenook and double aspect drawing room with a log burner.
Crofton House, Farmington, Gloucestershire
Crofton House is situated in the picturesque village of Farmington and is an individually designed detached family house which was built in 1974 and substantially extended and remodelled about 10 years ago. Constructed in a traditional style of natural Cotswold stone, the Portuguese Laurel in the garden adds a welcome exotic flavour.
A Grade II Listed 4/5 bedroom family house set in approximately 7.4 acres with gardens, Haydon was built circa 1650 and was originally part of the Powderham Estate, whose land still abuts the house and its grounds. Hayden also has a wealth of original features including the wooden staircase, stone flooring, exposed beams, granite fireplaces and a cast iron stove in the study – perfect for a rustic escape.
Langley Green House
An extremely attractive and exciting edge of village Grade II Listed Georgian house with cottages, outbuildings and paddocks, Langley Green House is believed to date back to the early 14th Century and retains many period features such as ornate cornicing, exposed timber beams, stone-flagged and natural stone floors and some fine engraved fireplaces.
Menders Cottage, Wokefield, Berkshire
Menders Cottage is an attractive detached cottage believed to date from around 1730. According to local history, the cottage was previously known as Cobblers Cottage having been owned by three generations of the Wise family, one of whom was a ‘shoemaker and cordwainer’. Today, it retains much of its original character with brick fireplaces and exposed beams – and is just a stone’s throw from London.