The best country homes with extensive grounds
If you love the great outdoors and crave the peace and quiet of the countryside, then a country home with land could be the answer.
With properties across Essex and Suffolk, Fenn Wright’s Signature team has the privilege of selling some of the most beautiful country homes in the UK. Many of these magnificent homes enjoy attractive, tranquil gardens but a select few have grounds that you could happily lose yourself in. Here are a few of the best houses currently on the market:
If you’re looking for a home with a business included then this beautiful six-bedroom unlisted Manor House might be for you. It has been used for a variety of purposes over the years, including as a wedding venue. While the estate is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1085, the house actually dates back to 1695 when it was rebuilt before being significantly extended in 1875, including the creation of the striking Georgian façade. The substantial Greenstead Hall has four large receptions rooms, a traditional farmhouse style kitchen, study, wine cellar and various other service rooms.
For those simply looking for a peaceful, private space to call their own, this five-bedroom contemporary detached house is ideal. Set in 2.3 acres of gardens and with a further 14.5 acres of agricultural land available under separate negotiation, The Retreat is aptly named. An escape from the hustle and bustle of city life but minutes from Chelmsford and a short train ride from London, this house is perfect for commuters needing to relax after a long day at work. The property has all the modern facilities you might want to make life luxuriously comfortable, including an outdoor pool and cinema room, and all within an enviable, traditional rural setting.
With an incredible 17 acres of land at its disposal, Silverwood is the largest property we currently have on the market. Already a registered smallholding, this horse-lover’s dream has a ménage, 18 stables, three tack rooms and several large agricultural outbuildings, offering lots of potential. The equestrian facilities have separate gated access and are currently run as a livery business. The three-bedroom detached bungalow on the site is accompanied by a detached cottage-style studio, which could be used as additional annexe accommodation, subject to the required consents.
If you want a country setting without quite so much land to take care of then this beautifully restored and extended part-thatched cottage is a great option. Set in 3.1 acres of peaceful gardens, this four-bedroom home has a patio area from which to enjoy the lovely views and a pond within its grounds. There is also a detached double cart lodge, providing separate workshop space.
The Old Rectory in Tattingstone near Ipswich is surrounded by countryside. With 14 bedrooms, 13 of which are ensuite, this property could make a wonderful B&B business for somebody looking to enjoy country life while keeping busy. Better still, the property is a short walk from the picturesque Alton Water, popular with watersports enthusiasts, and offering walking and cycle paths that allow residents to enjoy the wider surroundings.
If your love for the outdoors is only satisfied when it features water, then Hill Farm in Twinstead could be for you. Hidden away in its own slice of idyllic countryside, Hill Farm has four acres of land with an elevated terrace at the rear that overlooks the sloping garden. Luscious lawn, mature trees and extensive pasture land lead down to your very own lake and expanse of woodland. The beautiful five-bedroom home also has a triple bay cart lodge with adjoining converted granary and detached barn, which could be converted subject to planning.