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Best properties: houses mentioned by Nikolaus Pevsner

Nine stunning homes which feature in the German-British historian’s monumental architectural guides

1

Worcestershire: £1.695m

Bellington House

Bellington House, Harvington

A renovated Grade II property dating back to the 15th century, as noted by Pevsner. Main suite,4further beds, 2 further baths, WC, kitchen/breakfast room,3receps, snug, study area, pantry, utility, 2 cellars, barn converted to offices and stores, woodland, trout pond, tennis court, garden, pasture, stables, 19 acres.

2

Devon: OIEO £3m

Plymtree Manor, Plymtree, Cullompton

Plymtree Manor, Plymtree, Cullompton

An elegant Grade II* William and Mary house with beautiful gardens and grounds, mentioned by Pevsner as a 17th century brick house. 6 beds, 3 baths, dressing room, kitchen/breakfast room, scullery, utility, 3 interconnecting receps, entrance hall, workshop, boot room, butler’s pantry, stores, large vaulted cellar, wine room, 3 offices, 1-bed staff flat, outbuildings including coach house and stables, tack room, stores, former garage, greenhouse, gardens, 8.6 acres. 

3

West Sussex: from £480,000

King Edward VII Estate, Midhurst

King Edward VII Estate, Midhurst

A former sanatorium, this estate comprises restored Grade II and II* buildings converted into flats, duplexes and houses, combining original character features with stylish modern interiors. Communal facilities include gym, swimming pool, landscaped gardens and concierge. 

4

County Durham: £795,000

Langley Old Hall, Langley Moor

Langley Old Hall, Langley Moor

Dating from 1700 with mid-19th century additions, this Grade II country house with a striking façade was included as a notable building in Pevsner’s 1953 architectural guide to County Durham. Main suite, guest suite, 3 further beds, shower, proposed en suite, kitchen/dining room, hall, 2 receps, playroom/study, WC, study area, driveway parking, cottage garden. 

5

Devon: £600,000

Keats House, Teignmouth

Keats House, Teignmouth

This Grade II Georgian town house is on Northumberland Place, noted by Pevsner for its bow windows, just a stone’s throw from the beach. Main suite with dressing room, 3 further beds, 2 further baths, kitchen/breakfast room, 3 receps, study, utility, large garden.

6

Suffolk: OIEO £400,000

Hill Farm House, Shadingfield

Hill Farm House, Shadingfield

This intriguing Grade II*, timber-framed house, recorded in Pevsner’s Buildings of England, has been partially restored but requires further renovation. The house is close to Beccles and just 15 minutes from the heritage coast. Main bed, 2 further beds (1 with walk-in wardrobe), family bath, 2 attic rooms, kitchen with Aga, 2 receps, store, cellar, beautiful grounds including a walled garden and pond. 

7

Gloucestershire: £1.35m

Loveday’s House, Painswick, Stroud

Loveday’s House, Painswick, Stroud

This imposing and ornate semi-detached Grade II landmark residence, in the heart of the village, overlooking the churchyard, dates from around 1740. Main suite with kitchenette/annexe, 3/4 further beds, office/bed 5, balcony, family bath, kitchen, breakfast room, larder, 3 receps, WC, 2 cellars, potting shed, loggia, landscaped gardens.

8

Essex: £1.5m

Redfants Manor, Shalford

Redfants Manor, Shalford

This fine house was described by Pevsner as a “very attractive combination of timber-framed hall house to which a brick wing was added in the 16th century”. 8 beds, 4 baths, kitchen, 4 receps, WC, study, playroom, gym, pool, tennis court, lake, formal grounds, garage. 22 acres of equestrian facilities available separately. 

9

Kent: £2.495m

The Wood House, Shipbourne, Tonbridge

The Wood House, Shipbourne, Tonbridge

This pre-war Grade II modernist masterpiece by Gropius & Fry has grounds of 4.4 acres, with more land available separately. Main suite with dressing room and balcony, 5 further beds, 3 further baths, kitchen/breakfast/family room, 4 receps, study, garage, gardens, paddock.

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