“Increasingly, we have been noticing a subtle change in buyers’ preferences when looking for a property in the countryside. People want a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle that’s in harmony with nature. They want somewhere they can spend quality time with friends and family, but they are also more sensitive to the natural landscape, whether that’s for growing organic produce or enhancing habitat for endangered plants and wildlife or even creating an environment where visitors can connect with nature.
People are rediscovering just how well the English country estate works as a family space, with kitchen gardens, ponds and woodland, all set in a secluded, private location.
With its stables and walled garden, Blissamore Hall is the quintessential countryside property. As is the historic Devizes Castle in Wiltshire, with its grand rooms and turrets. But our collection is not limited to the UK. Imagine swimming in a saltwater pool among exotic gardens in the Algarve, or hiding out in the forests of the Himalayas. Wherever you choose, these properties offer the opportunity for a brand-new lifestyle.” Crispin Holborow
Blissamore Hall, Clanville, Hampshire
Blissamore Hall sits in the middle of 150 acres of land with peaceful, pastoral views. An impressive entrance with a ﬂagstone ﬂoor, a ﬁreplace and large windows welcomes you into the home. The reception rooms are substantial and beautifully detailed, perfect for parties or cosy family get-togethers. There’s also a library with a balcony, wine cellars and a cinema room.
The property is a celebration of the countryside. There are beautiful landscaped gardens and grounds, which include a tennis court, heated swimming pool and walled garden.
Three separate cottages provide additional, independent accommodation with views across the parkland or next to the stables. Blissamore is also home to the Clanville Stud, a thoroughbred stud with stabling, grazing and outbuildings.
Pertwood Manor, Hindon, Wiltshire
Pertwood Manor is a picture-perfect slice of rural Wiltshire. The home is surrounded by 772 acres of rolling countryside and productive farmland, 599 acres of which are commercial arable land that’s suited to a variety of crops. There are enchanting woods nearby, too.
At the centre of the property is an 18th century Grade II listed manor house, and there are five additional houses and cottages that are perfect for extended family and friends. The property also includes a sunken rose garden, a kitchen garden with raised beds, two greenhouses and a garden store, as well as fruit and nut trees.
And with a variety of outbuildings including traditional barns, workshop and equestrian facilities, the property has all you need to engage with a closer connection to the landscape.
Himalaica, Uttarakhand, India
Nearly 6,000 feet up in the Himalayan mountains, this unique estate provides a peaceful refuge. The home was built mostly by local craftsmen and its aesthetic combines classic Himalayan style with the stateliness of an English mansion.
A plot size of 1.6 acres with expansive green space and private reserve forests put the natural wonders of the region on your doorstep. The sights and sounds of the forest are ever present, with sightings of mountain goats, porcupines, even the occasional leopard. Alternatively, relax at the freshwater springs that emerge from the estate and feed the villages below, or the seasonal streams that flow down either side.
A large glass conservatory in the main villa is the perfect place to sit peacefully with a cup of tea and a book. The property also takes in a two-bedroom guest cottage. Despite its remote location, the home has wireless internet and cellular connectivity.
Brechin Castle, Angus, Scotland
Standing on a massive bluff above the banks of the River South Esk, Brechin Castle is one of Scotland’s most significant and historic castles. Part of the castle dates back to the 13th century. It was last reconstructed in the early 1700s and incorporates a number of original features from this time, such as panelled walls and a staircase with striking ironwork balustrades.
The castle sits on about 70 acres, which take in a walled garden (considered one of the finest in Scotland), five estate cottages and access to the river with salmon and trout fishing. A further 197 acres are available to purchase. It’s accessible by road, rail and air, and the cathedral city of Brechin is close by. Further afield, this area of eastern Scotland is renowned for golf, fine sandy beaches, hill walking, and skiing in winter.
Ampney Park, Cirencester, Gloucestershire
The drive up to Ampney Park is almost as impressive as the home itself: through wrought-iron gates set in fine stone piers, over Ampney Brook flanked by lakes, and through parkland. Ampney Park dates back to the 16th century. The magnificent Grade II listed Georgian Manor House sits on 25 acres of Cotswolds land with lakes, a river and extensive equestrian facilities, with an additional 40 acres available.
Historic features such as a carved stone fireplace and a magnificent Jacobean ceiling can still be found throughout; the Grand Hall was described by historian Nicholas Kingsley as one of the most perfect early 17th century interiors in the country.
The property also has a self-contained staff flat; a two-bedroom dwelling known as Stable Cottage; and the Stone Barn, a former coach house that now accommodates a gym, a separate one-bedroom studio flat and another two-bedroom flat.
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Devizes Castle, Wiltshire
Devizes Castle is unique. Not only is it an important part of English history – the original castle is believed to date back to 1080 – one section also provides for a comfortable, modern family home.
The Grade I listed castle is set in an elevated position with castellations, turrets, far-reaching views and beautifully landscaped gardens. Grand proportioned rooms have ornate period features such as stone archways, a wide wooden central staircase and richly decorated ceilings, while family-friendly amenities such as a sitting room, a large dining room and an airy drawing room make the castle eminently liveable.
The grounds are equally impressive, with the rear garden providing space for sheltered walks through the trees, while stone archways and gateways offer picturesque focal points around the garden, with the roses a particular highlight.
Almancil, Algarve, Portugal
Your own private oasis awaits at this grand family estate, a peaceful escape in the heart of the Algarve. The property’s stand-out feature is the beach-entry saltwater pool, which takes pride of place among the beautifully landscaped gardens with their indigenous and exotic plants and trees, a small lake with waterfall, a Jacuzzi and multiple terraces.
The property is perfectly suited for a large family or for entertaining. A lift serves all three floors, which take in a home cinema, wine cellar, gym and additional accommodation for staff. The upmarket town of Almancil boasts Michelin-starred restaurants and is on the doorstop of Quinta do Lago and its world-class golf courses and golden beaches.
Monkey Manor, Barbados
Set in an acre of tropical gardens, Monkey Manor is an elegant property within the exclusive Royal Westmoreland gated estate, minutes from the beach. Entry to the 13,900 sq ft home is through a foyer with 25 ft ceilings, a grand chandelier and custom-designed staircase. Contemporary finishes such as marble floors and coral render can be found throughout. A self-contained two-bedroom cottage and a gardener’s cottage add even more accommodation for family or friends.
Take advantage of the Caribbean climate by enjoying a dip in the 50 ft swimming pool or soaking up the sea views and sunsets from the 1,000 sq ft west-facing terrace. Residents of Monkey Manor have access to the Royal Westmoreland club with its 18-hole golf course, tennis courts and private beach.
You don’t necessarily need to leave the city to escape. It’s rare to find a Georgian townhouse with a connected mews and garage in central London, but that’s exactly what this exceptional property offers. The 7,526 sq ft main home is set across five floors and has six bedrooms, a library, gym, wine cellar and self-contained staff accommodation. High ceilings allow natural light to flood in, particularly in the kitchen and playroom, which both feature skylights.
The additional three-bedroom, 1,527 sq ft mews house has a terrace and a double-length garage. The garden terrace – also a rarity in Marylebone – provides a quiet haven of greenery. For even more green space, Regent’s Park is on your doorstep, while charming Marylebone Village offers some of London’s best dining and shopping.