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Best properties: houses rarely on the market

Nine beautiful English homes that are currently for sale

It’s not often dream properties will be put up for sale, but once in a while a gem will become available.

From countryside manors to traditional farmhouses, we pick out nine of the best homes in England which are rarely on the market.

1

The White House, Much Hadham

The White House, Much Hadham

Hertfordshire: £2m

A charming Grade II* home of architectural importance, offered for sale for the first time in more than 60 years. It is believed to date back to the Elizabethan or Jacobean era, has links to acclaimed architect Raymond Erith (Quinlan Terry’s tutor), and was mentioned by Pevsner. The property includes a mature and beautifully landscaped garden extending to roughly 0.75 of an acre, with a range of outbuildings providing storage, garaging and utility areas. Main suite, six further beds, two baths, kitchen, three receps, study, cellar, gardens, paddocks. 

2

Mousley House Farm, Mousley End, Warwick

Mousley House Farm, Mousley End, Warwick

Warwickshire: £1.25m 

A traditional farmhouse, believed to date back to the 18th century, in an idyllic setting surrounded by countryside. The property has been in the same ownership for three decades. This family home sits in a roughly 2.5-acre plot made up of paddock, walled garden, lawns, an orchard and patio areas. Main suite, one further suite, four further beds, two family baths, kitchen, four receps, attic, study, patio. 

3

Pear Tree House, Litton, Radstock

Pear Tree House, Litton, Radstock

Somerset: £850,000 

A detached Georgian cottage, dating from the mid-1800s, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is on the market for the first time in 60 years. Three beds, family bath, kitchen, three receps, one-bed annex, garage, studio and mature gardens that have previously featured in the National Garden Scheme; 5.8 acres. 

4

Folly Mill, Thaxted, Dunmow

Folly Mill in Essex

Savills

Essex: £2.75m 

An attractive Grade II manor house, dating back to the late 16th century, in an estate of about 222 acres. The Renton family bought the estate in 1938, turning it into a well-known shoot and party venue over the course of the following 80 years. Main bed, five further beds, three baths, kitchen, three receps, one-bed annex, terrace, barn, double garage, outbuildings, garden, woodland, arable land. 

5

Ballad, Middleton Cheney, Banbury

Ballad, Middleton Cheney, Banbury

Northamptonshire: £500,000 

Originally two cottages, this Grade II* home hasn’t changed hands in 55 years. Seven beds, family bath, kitchen, three receps, garage, cellar, gardens. 

6

Glebe House, St Mary’s Platt, Sevenoaks

Glebe House, St Mary’s Platt, Sevenoaks

Kent: £2m 

An elegant Grade II former vicarage built in 1849, and on the market for the first time in 41 years. The property sits in 2.2 acres of land. Main bed, six further beds, two baths, kitchen/breakfast room, two receps, study, conservatory, cellars, outbuildings, gardens. 

7

Airedale Avenue, Turnham Green, W4

Airedale Avenue, Turnham Green, W4

London: £2m 

A striking semi detached house filled with period features. It hasn’t been on the market in the last 30 years, and is in need of modernisation. The property benefits from a 42ft garden, which backs onto Homefield Park. Main bed, three further beds, two baths, self contained studio apartment, kitchen, two receps, cellar, garden. 

8

42 Canonbury Square, N1

42 Canonbury Square, N1

London: £5m 

An opportunity to buy an impressive five-storey, Grade II house on an elegant garden square within the Canonbury Conservation Area, which has been owned by the same family for more than three decades. The garden, once featured in The New London Garden, is nearly 90ft long. Main suite with walk in wardrobe, four further beds, two baths, kitchen, three receps, garden room, double garage, patio. 

9

Old Rectory House, Ripple, Deal

Old Rectory House, Ripple, Deal

Kent: £1.25m 

A substantial Grade II former rectory, which was sold to the current owner about 50 years ago. Queen Anne wing: four beds, two baths, kitchen, two receps, attic. Victorian addition: three suites, one further bed, kitchen, four receps, conservatory. Grounds of around one acre, garage, outbuildings. 

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