Properties of the week: delightful country retreats
Featuring stone cottages, paved terraces and private gated driveways
1 Holnest Park, Sherborne
A substantial wing of an important country house in a glorious parkland setting; in all about 1 acre. Holnest Park House is a Grade II property, formerly used as a hunting lodge for the Sawbridge-Earle-Drax family. The main garden can be accessed by double doors from the kitchen. Main bed, guest suite, 5 further beds, shower room, family bath, kitchen/breakfast room, 2 receps, garage/workshop, garden with fountain.
Charley Crag Farm, Finsthwaite, Ulverston
A lovely detached country house in an idyllic countryside location, which is bursting with original features and sat within wonderful gardens. Main suite, guest suite, 2 further beds, shower room, kitchen, 2 receps, garden room, terraced lawn, gardens, garage, parking.
Briar Cottage, Kings Worthy
A well-proportioned Grade II thatched cottage in the old part of the village. The classic property reputedly dates back to circa 1580, and retains a wealth of character. A plantsman’s garden surrounds the cottage, with a chicken run and a small vegetable garden. Main suite, 3 further beds, family bath, kitchen/breakfast room, 2 receps, cellar, garage, gardens, greenhouse; about 0.3 of an acre.
Garden Cottage, South Hay
A characterful cottage with a wealth of period features, situated in an elevated position enclosed by beautiful landscaped gardens that enjoy a pretty outlook over the surrounding fields and farmland. The picturesque, detached property is understood to date from around the 17th century. Main bed, 2 further beds, family bath, kitchen/breakfast room, 2 receps, garden, terrace, parking; 0.4 of an acre.
A handsome Grade II house, with a seamless blend of period and modern features, on the edge of a delightful hamlet near the thriving village of Standlake. Built of traditional Cotswold stone under a partly thatched roof, the property was extended in 1999 and again in 2020.
The main garden is southwest facing and sits at the rear of the house, with a large expanse of the lawn framed by deep herbaceous borders, a pergola and a vegetable garden. Main suite, 3 further beds, family bath, kitchen/dining room, 2 receps, garage, gardens, pizza oven, parking.
Nimlet Gate, Nimlet, Cold Ashton
A charming double-fronted stone-built detached cottage near the village of Cold Ashton, affording far-reaching views. Main bed with dressing room, 3 further beds, family bath, kitchen, 2 receps, unconverted barn, parking, garden.
Elms Farmhouse, Malvern
A delightful period Grade II farmhouse in the countryside, built around 1800, that backs onto open fields and offers marvellous views of the Malvern Hills. Main suite, 7 further beds, family bath, kitchen, 4 receps, cellar/basement, outbuildings, off-road parking, gardens, wildlife pond area, patio, private gated driveway.
Maple Cottage, Mapledurwell, Basingstoke
A pretty Grade II cottage dating back to the 16th century, with fine period features together with more recent additions. The rear garden comprises a paved terrace, which is ideal for al fresco dining. Main suite, 2 further beds, family bath, kitchen/breakfast room, 2 receps, garage, garden, terrace.
Set in mature, landscaped gardens, this alluring stone cottage and its barn conversion occupy a secluded position in the village. 3 beds, family bath, kitchen, 2 receps, shower room, courtyard, 1-bed annexe, cottage gardens, private driveway, off-road parking.