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    • Ever wanted to visit the Fat Duck by boat from the comfort of your own home? Here's your chance

      Ever wanted to visit the Fat Duck by boat from the comfort of your own home? Here's your chance

      Doannee House not only offers six bedrooms and 8,000sq ft of space, but also frontage to the River Thames and easy access to some of the nation’s best restaurants.This is likely my subconscious trying to tell me something, but I’ve found another house with water frontage on the River Thames and I am yet again compelled to write about it. If you are growing bored of this, fear not, it will likely wear off sooner rather than later and be replaced by something else, like houses made out of glass, o
    • Best country houses for sale this week

      Best country houses for sale this week

      An irresistible West Country cottage and a magnificent Cumbrian country house make our pick of the finest country houses for sale in Britain right now.Lyes House in Dorset is on the market.Cumbria — £4.25 million Almost 24,000 sq ft of buildings are included in this extraordinary house near Penrith, most of which are arranged in a rectangle around a central courtyard. The fifty acres of grounds are idyllic, with parkland, woodland and waterfalls as well as landscaped areas and terraces. For sale
    • A breathtaking medieval monastery and estate that's just half an hour from central London

      A breathtaking medieval monastery and estate that's just half an hour from central London

      Penny Churchill takes a look at a remarkable medieval home which has come to the market in Essex: Beeleigh Abbey.Beeleigh Abbey, Essex.The 850-year-old, Grade I-listed Beeleigh Abbey starred in Country Life’s architecture pages a couple of years ago, with a pair of articles: one on the history of this incredible medieval estate, and a sister article looking at the building’s later years in the custodianship of the Foyle family, of Foyle’s bookshop fame. Following the death of Chrostopher Foyle a
    • Six of the best homes for sale in Country Life this week, from Hertfordshire to Exmoor

      Six of the best homes for sale in Country Life this week, from Hertfordshire to Exmoor

      The best of the best — as always found in the pages of Country Life.East Harptree Court, Somerset. Kent — £6,500,000 A farmhouse of some 10,000sq ft that sits in some 13 acres of glorious countryside in the Garden of England just outside the village of Stelling Minnis. The luxurious accommodation of Thorn Farm is only bettered by the many amenities on site, which include a tennis court, indoor pool, spa, sauna, gym and temeperature-controlled wine room. The garden also boasts a beautiful lake. F
    • Florence Nightingale's wisteria-and-ivy-clad childhood home is up for sale — and its incredible setting offers truly life-enhancing beauty

      Florence Nightingale's wisteria-and-ivy-clad childhood home is up for sale — and its incredible setting offers truly life-enhancing beauty

      The beautiful Lea Hurst has gorgeous views, delightful rooms and a fascinating history.Lea Hurst, Florence Nightgale’s wonderful family home in Derbyshire.Lea Hurst, in the traditional Derbyshire village of Holloway, is at first glance a classic and beautiful stone-built, Grade II-listed home overlooking the scenic Derwent Valley at the south-eastern edge of the Peak District. Look beyond that first impression, however, and you find some fascinating history: Lea Hurst was Florence Nightingale’s
    • A magnificent ivy-clad mansion in the Wessex Downs which comes with its own Iron Age hill fort

      A magnificent ivy-clad mansion in the Wessex Downs which comes with its own Iron Age hill fort

      You probably didn’t have it on your ‘must have’ list, but Bussockwood Estate’s USP is a great talking point — and the rest of the property is full of potential.The Bussockwood Estate, Berkshire. 2,500 years ago, Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians were destroying the Temple of Solomon. The Kingdom of Carthage was taking over the western Mediterranean. And in leafy Berkshire, a group of ancient Britons were busy building Bussock Camp, an ancient Iron Age hill fort in a stretch of land which has la
    • Nine things that could add up to £9,000 to the value of your home — and one that could leave you £35k out of pocket

      Nine things that could add up to £9,000 to the value of your home — and one that could leave you £35k out of pocket

      Want to make a splash? Here’s some of the home improvements that could pay off in the long run. Just don’t mention a swimming pool…King John’s Lodge, Etchingham, Kent_Hamptons PR pic The sun may not be shining much at the moment but the summer is traditionally the warmer season. And what better way to make the most of it than to fire up your Big Green Egg on the patio, or admire those flowerbeds that you’ve lovingly nurtured? From terraces and bi-fold doors, to landscaped gardens and conservator
    • A literal chocolate box cottage for sale as the gorgeous place that starred in an iconic Mars bar advert comes to market

      A literal chocolate box cottage for sale as the gorgeous place that starred in an iconic Mars bar advert comes to market

      What could be sweeter than a cottage that featured in a 1960s advert for the famous chocolate bar? Step inside Bachelors Mead, a charming period property in Wiltshire.Bachelors Mead, Horton, Wiltshire. Hamptons PR pic A chocolate-box cottage immortalised in an iconic Mars bar advert is for sale in a sought-after pocket of Wiltshire. Bachelors Mead provides the backdrop to a 1960s TV ad for Mars, where roof thatcher and bell ringer Sid Grant shares the famous chocolate bar with his two young niec
    • Coming soon: London's largest private residential terrace

      Coming soon: London's largest private residential terrace

      This five-bedroom penthouse at The Whiteley in London’s Queensway comes with a terrace of some 4,400sq ft. Yours for £39.5 million.One of the great lies of the pigs in George Orwell’s Animal Farm is the idea that all animals are equal. The same can be said about roof terraces in London. In theory, a roof terrace is a roof terrace — all you need is space for somewhere to sit, maybe room for some plants, and, if you really feel like pushing the boat out, a little barbecue or outdoor kitchen. Howev
    • Four poster beds, magnificent tapestries and an endlessly beautiful setting at this £10.5m Shropshire estate

      Four poster beds, magnificent tapestries and an endlessly beautiful setting at this £10.5m Shropshire estate

      Exotic, exquisite and dramatic, Chyknell Hall and its surrounding estate offer life at an elevated level. Penny Churchill takes a look as Chyknell comes to the market.Chyknell Hall Estate, Shropshire. Will Matthews of Knight Frank and Crispin Holborow of Savills are joint agents in the sale of the pleasantly secluded, 202-acre Chyknell Hall estate, which comprises a substantial, Grade II-listed Regency house set in open countryside a mile west of Claverley, with five additional houses and cottag
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