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19th December, 2016

Best properties of 2016

Best properties of 2016

What makes a house a home? We round up the best properties that were on for sale with Fine & Country in 2016. See our hottest properties around the world.

1. East Barsham Manor

This was one of our finest homes on the market in 2016. The 16th century manor House has eight/nine bedrooms, six/seven reception rooms and a separate three-bedroom cottage with detached gatehouse. Rumour has it that, King Henry VIII once visited and walked barefoot to the shrine at nearby Walsingham. It was on the market for £2.95 million.

2. Quinta S.Thiago, POA

A book lover’s paradise, this spectacular library is home to hundreds of the finest literary greats. A place of knowledge and wonder, the new owners can immerse themselves in every genre ever written in the wonderful eight-bedroom villa.

3. Blackmore End, Chelmsford

This converted Victorian church in the village of Blackmore End is one of our most impressive conversions. Originally commissioned by the Courtauld family, it was converted in 2014 into a stunning five-bedroom home by its owners. There are numerous stand out features, including the free-standing bath, first floor mezzanine and original doors leading into the grand hall.

4. Bradfield St Clare, Bury St Edmunds, £950,000

Here is a charming, detached Grade II Listed farmhouse with superb gardens. The outbuildings located in an idyllic location close to the village church and backing onto established farm land. The property has four bedrooms and an attractive thatched roof.

5. Floating Penthouse 499,999 €

Choose a life less ordinary, The Rev penthouse boat offers the chance of infinite freedom and endless possibilities. A penthouse lifestyle on the water, and the option to completely customise your boat from saunas and Jacuzzi's to floor-heating and walk-in closets.

6. Downscroft, Cheam

For a modern twist, Downscroft is the perfect property. The house centres around the open-plan turreted staircase, spiralling from the media, gym and entertainment basement. Designed in a modernist style with Art Deco influences, it is certainly a home with a difference.

7. Vanbrugh Castle, Greenwich, £2,750,000

This luxury four-bedroom house is part of the Grade I listed Vanbrugh Castle. Benefits include two and a half acres of communal gardens and a stunning private roof terrace with exceptional views.

8. Coton House, Rugby

A late 18th century country house located in the heart of Rugby. The beautifully appointed home offers attractive, Georgian sandstone elevations with spectacular views over approximately 69 acres of parkland. The current Coton House was originally constructed in 1787 by the architect Samuel Wyatt. It has been meticulously refurbished and offers with high-specification fittings throughout the historic building.

9. Rampton, Cambridge, £630,000

Here is one of our favourite thatched cottages that was on the market this year. It is only eight miles from the historic university city of Cambridge. This three-bedroom former public house dates back to the 17th Century and has remained in the same family for many years.

10. Cote D'Azur, Near Cannes, France, 2,150,000 €

Clean lines, traditional shutters, French style: this property stands out from the crowd. It is located within a five-minute drive from the centre of Cannes. The property has a pink façade, an art studio and an exquisite garden.

11. Wendover, Bucks, £2,500,000

If you are looking for a home with character, this Elizabethan manor house should be on your wish list. It has five-bedrooms and formal gardens, perfect for family living.

12. Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire, £630,000

This home offers a wealth of character and is beautifully presented throughout. The property boasts five bedrooms, three large reception rooms and a well-fitted kitchen/breakfast room.

13. Gravelotte, South Africa, ZAR 23,500,000

If you are looking for the ideal holiday home to entertain your guests, Gravelotte is the property for you. The safari lodge has five separate chalets, two luxury tents and five lodge rooms, all with bathrooms and verandas.

14. Boughton Monchelsea, Maidstone, £1,500,000

A spectacular Grade II listed hall house believed to originate from the 16th Century. The property sits within a beautiful enclave of homes known as the Boughton Quarries. This area provided much of the stone that ultimately was used in the construction of many of London's historic buildings, including Westminster Abbey and The Houses of Parliament.

15. Langland Bay Manor, Swansea, £325,000

Are you looking for a house with character, history and on the coast? This home ticks all the boxes. Built in the 19th century, Langland Bay Manor has seen many uses over the years. It was once a hotel but is now a combination of luxury properties. This four-bedroom home has benefits from traditional features such as sash windows, vaulted and beamed ceilings, exposed stone walls and feature circular windows.

16. Chepstow, Monmouthshire, £1,180,000

An impressive home of considerable style and character, located in Monmouthshire. It offers four acres of manicured gardens and grounds, including modern stables, an all-weather manege and a paddock. Originally a modest cottage, there are far-reaching views of the wonderful views to the South and West.

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