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22nd December, 2017

Best properties of 2017

Best properties of 2017

We have seen some incredible homes coming onto the market and being sold in 2017. From castles to conversions, here are our favourite properties this year.


1. Best Manor House

Yelvertoft, Northamptonshire, Sold

An impressive, meticulously restored, listed manor house, steeped in history, situated in just under five acres of gardens and paddock with stabling and a separate Coach House.

The home is steeped in history with Oliver Cromwell reputed to have stayed here during the English Civil War, the decisive Battle of Naseby was fought close by in 1645. Part of the home is believed to date from the Tudor era, but the grand country house has been changed significantly during Georgian times.


2. Most stunning international property

Chateauneuf De Grasse, France

Why own one home in the sun when you could have three? This exceptional estate is located on the top of a hill, with over 11 hectares of land, and three houses.

Offering stunning countryside, village and sea views, the main house, which was built around 1930 is typical of a traditional Bastide. There are 11 bedrooms, with four staff bedrooms, in a separate apartment. The five reception rooms open out onto the manicured lawns, overlooking olive groves and beautiful lush gardens towards Grasse and the sea.

The second house on the property is a charming farmhouse, and the third is a guest house.


3. Most unusual home

Hampton, Surrey


This restored Swiss chalet definitely catches the eye. The Chalet was imported from Switzerland in 1882 and was a garden feature for a substantial house called Riverholm.

Surrounded by acres of parkland which are protected by English Heritage this historic five floor, four bedroom listed building is now owned by a passionate property designer, who has restored The Swiss Chalet and its surrounding land back to its original splendour.

Highlights include a man-made beach, indoor spa complex, wine cellar holding 1,600 bottles, and moorings for up to 25 boats.


4. Cutest cottage

Longborough, Gloucestershire


An attractive and substantial Grade II Listed Cotswold stone property located in the popular village of Longborough. Benefitting from a host of character features, the property boasts a pretty garden, off-road parking, and is conveniently located just a short walk from the village shop and café.


5. Best conversion

Derby, Derbyshire


The Tower House offers the market the opportunity to purchase a Grade II listed windmill dating from 1715 in the delightful village of Findern.

The accommodation is a perfect blend of period architecture with modern facilities. The home boasts 4171 square footage of luxury accommodation including three reception rooms and a pool suite along with a breakfast kitchen and utility room to the ground floor.


6. Best moated home

Exhall, Coventry


It’s not every day that you find the chance to live in a home with a moat. Situated just moments from the bustling city centre of Coventry, Exhall Hall is a unique and beautiful Grade II Listed, seven-bedroom detached family home, which spans over 6000 square foot. The oldest part of the building dates as far back as 1610.


7. Grandest design

Kemeys Inferior, Monmouthshire

This property was completely restored when it featured on an episode of TV programme Grand Designs. The property is a landmark within its magnificent Welsh surroundings, and the original Folly is Grade II Listed. The original building was a hunting lodge, which dates to the 1700s and was owned by the Sheriff of Monmouth.


8. Best hideaway home

Gwaun Valley, Pembrokeshire


Tregynon is a traditional Welsh farmhouse believed to date back to the 14th century with a three-bed annexe, plus a two-bedroom Granary. It is set in stunning grounds of approx. 5 acres, overlooked by Carn Ingli (Mountain of Angels) within the renowned Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Since 1980 the current owners evolved Tregynon into a highly successful B&B, hotel and restaurant, boasting an excellent reputation receiving many awards for hospitality and food services.


9. Prettiest thatched cottage

Browston, Norfolk


This Grade II Listed thatched home would not look out of place on a postcard. Situated close to the beach, it has a cinema room, large family kitchen, and two acres of grounds. It hasn’t been onto the open market in fifty years, so this is a great opportunity to buy a beautiful family home.


10. Biggest renovation opportunity

Chapel Cleeve, Somerset


Have you ever wanted to be the ruler of your own manor house? This beautiful period home is waiting for its next custodian to return it to its former glory. Several wings of the property need major renovation. There is certainly a lot of potential for this property. It has 17 bedrooms, seven acres of grounds, and includes a detached two-bedroom renovated cottage.


Are you looking for your dream home in 2018? Contact Fine & Country today to start your property search.

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