Ultimate dream properties for 2021
We’ve been staring at our walls, like, forever and we’ve completed every last bit of DIY imaginable. So you know what that means? That’s right: time to move. See if any of these incredible properties take your fancy.
The Coastal Dream, Cornwall
This is all about location – and what a location this is. Sat on Restronguet Point, Feock, in Cornwall – one of the most prestigious waterside addresses in the UK – you get over 4,000sq ft of living space, four bedrooms, and 1.2 acres of landscaped grounds sloping into the sailing waters of Carrick Road. Yours for a cool £4m.
The Waterside Wow, Berkshire
If you’re looking to live a Wind In The Willows life, Berkshire is the place to do it. The river has inspired literary greats, it’s catnip for celebs who want to be close enough to London town with an easy escape route. This stonking 1908 eight-bed Edwardian house along the Bray reach – Michelin star restaurants ahoy – is packed full of period features and comes with its own 84ft mooring. Simply move in tootle up and down the Thames admiring the homes of celebrities past and present and discover the locations for many illicit Royal bonkathons. Price: £5.25m.
The Georgian Townhouse, Bath
If one wants a Georgian townhouse, one goes to Bath. This beauty was built in 1783 by John Wood the younger, and has been kept as a full house since then – no nasty conversions here, thank you very much. Brock St links to the world-renowned Royal Crescent and The Circus in the hub of classic Georgian Bath. Six floors, five bedrooms, three bathrooms and over 4,000sqft. Price: £2.85m.
The Victorian Villa, Cheltenham
Want a family home with expansive, light airy rooms and a sense of easy luxury? You need a Victorian Villa – built for the gentlepeople of the age – and this one in Cheltenham is a fine example. Five beds, five baths, five reception rooms – all in beautiful grounds within the heart of the town. Not altogether unsurprising then that it costs £3.5m.
The Georgian Rectory, Dorset
I imagine this is the sort of place where the Bennett sisters grew up; grand enough to impress but still a family home. This rectory in Sherborne, Dorset, is just glorious with impressively proportioned rooms, six beds, four acres of land and an attached coach house with stables. Spend £2.5m and pretend you’re in an Austen novel.
The 21st-Century Masterpiece, Herts
Why aren’t more homes built around trees, I ask you? Anyway, bringing the outside in is this incredible number in Radlett, Hertfordshire, that was designed by award-winning Fraser Brown-McKenna Architects. It has four bedrooms, six bathrooms, and sits in one of the most sought-after parkland conservation areas of Hertfordshire. £3.5m.
The Modern Classic, Surrey
St. Ann’s Court near Chertsey, Surrey, comprises of two buildings: the 1930s ‘Round House’ and the 18th-century ‘Coach House’, all set in eight acres of award-winning grounds. It was once home to Roxy Music’s guitarist Phil Manzanera and has a studio on the grounds. Seven bedrooms, 34 rooms in total and just shy of £6m.
To the Manor Born, Buckinghamshire
Beachampton Hall, outside Milton Keynes, Bucks, is up for sale. Part of Katherine Parr’s dowry when she married Henry VIII, this incredible manor house has six bedrooms, a riverside location with fishing rights and a stable block attached – all for £3.5m. Start practicing your royal wave now.
The Farmhouse, Hampshire
Farmhouses make lovely homes as they were built for working families and added to as required over the years. Consequently, there’s rarely much grandeur but there are always cosy rooms packed with quirks. This one near Alton, Hampshire, is a fab example with seven bedrooms, a smart modern interior and loads of outbuildings for whatever hobbies you wish to take up. £2.5m.
The City Stunner, Brighton
Ever fancied living in one of those gorgeous seafront terraces that adorn the more fashionable of British costal resorts? Well, here’s your chance as this six-bedroom family home on Brighton’s Marine Parade has just come up for sale for £2.25m. It has six floors (one of which is a self-contained one-bed apartment) and views across the English Channel.
The Stately Pile, Hampshire
Jacobean mansion, anyone? Anyone? It’s only £10m. Sat just outside Hook in Hampshire, this Grade I listed giant has planning pending to restore it to its former glory as a single 43,000sqft residence. Even if you had 10 children, you’d still run the risk of losing all of them. At the same time.
The Country Idyll, Oxfordshire
“A 15th-century Grade II listed manor house that’s been sensitively restored in Chipping Norton, you say? Yes, please. I’ll take it. I just need to have a quick chat with the husband…” Just imagine!!! Isn’t it beautiful? Five bedrooms, beautifully done and slap bang in the Cotswolds. It’s £3m – and worth every penny.
The Project, Somerset
So, the question here is: beyond the initial sale price, how much more money do you have available? Because I’m betting you’d need QUITE A LOT. But no one fainthearted ever took a now-closed school and turned it back into the manor house it originally was. Grade II listed Shapwick Manor in North Somerset comes with various ancillary buildings (and school chairs) and 10.39 acres. Buy it for £6.55m and then spend a couple of mil more getting it up to scratch.
The Spiral, as this house is called, has eco-creds to die for (geothermal and solar energy and a state-of-the-art heat and energy recovery system) and – get this – a fingerprint scanner entry system. Take that, James Bond. Five beds, four bathrooms – all on the outskirts of Crawley, Sussex. All for £1.85m.