With Halloween creeping up on us, it’s time to hang up the decorations, fill up the treat bowls and carve out some pumpkins to illuminate the doorstep. But perhaps your mind is still on choosing a new home to carve out a new life for you and your family? October is an excellent buying window to move in time for Christmas, so we have found our favourite characterful homes on the market, all of which would make the perfect setting for a spooky movie.
Approached by a long, private driveway with the main house hidden from view, Everleigh Manor is one of Wiltshire's finest country homes, with a fascinating history. Set majestically in over 30 acres of grounds between the edge of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the vast expanses of Salisbury Plain, Everleigh offers a tranquil location but with fast nearby rail links offering services to London in around one hour.
A magnificent and charming Jacobean Grade II* listed property situated in an enclosed plot of half an acre. Constructed in local Ashlar Sandstone in circa 1650, it has been lovingly restored to incorporate modern living. The main residence has three key reception rooms, six bedrooms, four of which have private en suites and three with dressing rooms. The property also comes with a detached annexe with cinema and entertainment bar.
This is an exceptional 'Arts & Crafts' style home set in a private location with far reaching and panoramic views over the North Wessex Downs. Built in 2010 and designed by award-winning architect Richard Cutler, the property has a wonderful light and airy feel throughout with inside-outside living encouraged via covered and uncovered elevated decked areas, accessed by multiple sets of bi-fold doors. The very flexible accommodation extends to six bedrooms, five bathrooms, and four reception rooms, with stunning landscaped gardens and grounds of approximately 1.8 acres.
An exquisite period home restored to its former glory by its current occupier. The property boasts large rooms within its grand accommodation and many period features have been retained and improved. The home is located at the end of tree lined private driveway that secludes the property from its neighbours and the extensive grounds surround the impressive building. Elevated within the plot, the property boasts superb views across open countryside and many of the ground floor rooms have full height doors and picture windows to admire the outlook. At the rear of the property the driveway leads up to a vast parking area able to accommodate many vehicles with additional space within a large car port.
This enchanting house is built from granite rock extracted from the quarry at the mouth of the Pwllheli Harbour. Designed and built to a unique personal preference, Penarwel was clearly created to look older than it really is. Many differing features, blended together from previous era’s, create a Mansion House that appears to have stood for hundreds of years! Almost certainly unique to Wales, are the beautiful roof top Dragon Finials, each apex has a different ornate design from the Horn of Plenty to the Winged Dragon above the front entrance.
This impressive period property is approached over a gravelled courtyard where you are faced with a solid wooden door which opens into a small porch area with some visible exposed stonework to one wall. Double doors open into a large reception hall with stone coloured floor tiling and recessed lighting to the ceiling. An inner lobby has continuous floor tiling and sees a staircase rising to the first floor and a door opening to a rear courtyard which is shared with the neighbouring properties. An arched doorway in stone mullions opens into the cloakroom gaining natural light through leaded light windows - these characterful features all add up to one seriously atmospheric home, perfect for the spooky season and beyond!
Opulent, elegant and exuding period charm, this Grade II listed, Victorian Mansion, completed in 1885 is a rarity to the market and one of the most finest examples of its type. Sitting within 9 acres, with nine bedrooms, four receptions rooms, four bathrooms and with the potential to have a self contained ‘wing’ of the house for multigenerational living and with opportunities for development with the many outbuildings, stables and garages ripe for development, this beautiful home is full of surprises and truly exciting opportunities.
This historic Grade II listed gothic building was built in 1883 and has since stood as an iconic feature of the Lancaster City skyline. In present day, the near 40 acres of private grounds has been completely transformed by developers PJ Livesey to provide an array of new build homes and stunning contemporary apartments within the striking annexe building. The generous proportions of 303 South Wing will appeal to a range of buyers, offering three double bedrooms, two en suites, a family bathroom and a stunning, light filled open plan living and kitchen area featuring a striking original stone circle window. The mix of contemporary finishes and original features creates a stylish and impressive apartment and there is also private balcony accessed from the bi-folding doors on the open plan area.
Leverington Hall is not short of character. Slices of history can be found throughout the house, and there is always something to marvel at. It has the perfect combination of history and modernity, boasting contemporary additions that are sympathetic to the traditional style of the house. This stunning home is far from style over substance, as each room is just as aesthetically impressive as the last. Now, the family is ready for this grand house to move into its next chapter and for new owners to make some equally treasured memories.
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