Britain’s oldest homes for sale

Britain’s oldest homes for sale

The UK is recognised worldwide for its remarkable history and culture. There are many beautiful historic homes across the country, some of which are around 800 years old. From towering Tudor homes to medieval marvels, here are the most beautiful established properties on the market.

1. Eastchurch, Kent, £2,500,000

Situated in an elevated spot at Eastchurch, a village on the north-east side of the Isle of Sheppey is Shurland Hall, an imposing 16th-century gatehouse and former part of a service wing of a once important medieval house, the seat of the Cheyney family. The home was constructed by Sir Thomas Cheyney, prominent courtier, landowner and Knight of the Garter, who is said to have played host at Shurland Hall to Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in October 1532. 

Exhibiting octagonal towers and battlements, Shurland is reminiscent of the great Tudor Palace gatehouse at Hampton Court and St James'. The property fell into ruins after being abandoned by the army, which requisitioned it during the Second World War. In 2006, it was acquired by the Spitalfields Trust, who with the aid of a grant from English Heritage and a loan from the Architectural Heritage Fund, undertook a five-year-long restoration project. 

2. Christow, Exeter, £3,950,000

A Domesday Manor, Canonteign was given to the canons of St Mary du Val in Normandy circa 1125 and was later conveyed to the Prior and convent of Merton, in Surrey. After the Reformation, it was granted to Lord John Russell and then passed through a series of owners. It was garrisoned for the King during the Civil War and taken by Fairfax in 1645. According to Lysons, it belonged to the Davy family in the 17th century.

In 1812 Sir Edward Pellew, later Lord Viscount Exmouth purchased the manor and it became a farm after 1828 when Exmouth built Canonteign House close by. It was restored by Lady Exmouth in the 1970s and during the last few years, the ancient house has been brought into the 21st century with an extensive and sympathetic renovation. 

Today, it is a comfortable family home, combining the best of its 400-year-old origins with the conveniences of modern technology.

3. Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, £2,450,000

Sitting in an elevated position, surrounded by private grounds and stunning landscaped gardens, with lovely views of St Mary’s Church, The Manor House is an imposing stone residence with superb reception space and extensive accommodation fitted to the highest standard throughout. Sympathetically renovated and extended over the last few years, the property has been restored using traditional methods and tradesmen to create a stunning example of an Elizabethan property dating back to 1571. The interior combines a wealth of period features and traditional detailing with modern fittings of the highest specification, such as digitally controlled under-floor heating and cast-iron radiators making this a truly stylish home.

4. Ashwicke, Nr Bath, £975,000

The Rocks is a castellated period Grade II Listed detached property with four bedrooms, three reception rooms, gardens, garage/workshop, and secluded walled garden. The house is in a superb location, set on the edge of the Cotswold Hills, between the thriving villages of Marshfield and Colerne, in the tiny hamlet of Ashwicke. The house, which was once part of the estate dating back to the seventeenth century, has a cobbled area at the front with conservatory doors opening into the house. The conservatory has delightful views over the west-facing garden and leads into the kitchen, the much-loved hub of the home which features an oil-fired Rayburn. A circular staircase leads up to the first floor which has three generous double bedrooms, the master is en-suite with a separate shower, bath and a dressing room.

5. Nonington, Kent £1,295,000

Designed by the notable 19th-century architect, George Devey, it is not surprising that this stunning Grade II Listed country house is very impressive. During his professional career, Devey worked on great estates such as Penshurst Place and Cliveden in Buckinghamshire. He created many properties for the Rothschilds and was thought to have been the harbinger of the arts and crafts movement influencing architects such as Lutyens. This property, which is called Red Tile, is situated on a plot of over an acre which includes gardens and paddock. With its black and white eaves, first-floor overhang, leaded light windows and attractive wood studded front door leading to the porch, it has both character and charm. On crossing the threshold, you can begin to appreciate the historical internal features that have been preserved or enhanced including natural wood flooring, oak beams and doors.

6. Etton, Cambridgeshire, £950,000 

Etton Manor is a substantial Grade II* Listed country home set opposite the church on the edge of the quiet village of Etton. The property has excellent access to the splendid open countryside that surrounds the village. Just a few steps away from the house are bridleways and footpaths through countryside that is a haven for both birds and wildlife. The village pub is also a short walk away. 

The property itself dates to the 16th century and offers spacious reception rooms and extensive day-to-day living space. It has original features throughout, including beams and three huge fireplaces in the living rooms downstairs. The Games Room retains the original flagstone flooring. 

7. Denby Village, Derbyshire, £850,000 

Church Farm House is a Grade II* Listed home believed to date back to 1531 which is nestled in the centre of the popular Derbyshire village of Denby. The home occupies a private and secluded position at the end of a private driveway adjacent to the village church. The ground encompasses some 9.6 acres in total with approximately 1.5 acres of landscaped formal gardens and orchards.

There are huge beams in the walls and ceilings and wood panelling on the walls, some of which is original. There are enchanting slanting doors and the windowsills are two-foot-deep in places.

8. Lingwood, Norfolk, £1,250,000

This stunning Grade II Listed part-thatched property is situated in the pretty village of Lingwood. The oldest part is the picturesque thatched end, called the Drovers Cottage. This is believed to date back to 1630 and forms the heart of the house. It has beautiful beamed rooms, a stunning panelled dining room with a large inglenook fireplace, and original hand-painted Delph tiles. 

On the second floor, there are six bedrooms and three bathrooms. As well as the main house, there are two self-contained apartments, each with two bedrooms. 

9. Bowscar, Penrith, £425,000

The Hallows is an exceptional three-bedroom converted chapel. The original chapel was built in the late 19th century as a private chapel for the nearby Manor House. Now converted, the front entrance leads into a vestibule area with cloakroom and then into the entrance hall, with grand stairwell and gothic style arched windows. The chapel nave area now forms a comfortable sitting room, with a circular wood burning stove and beautiful arched leaded windows. Steps lead up to the circular chancel space, which is now a unique double height formal dining area, with impressive vaulted tower ceiling and a magnificent sandstone archway leading into the sitting area. 

10. Dufton, Appleby-In-Westmorland, £700,000

Dufton Hall is a magnificent Grade II Listed country house located in the idyllic Eden Valley conservation village of Dufton, at the foot of the Pennine Fells. Enjoying superb views of the fells and surrounding countryside from the upper floors, it is a historic five-bedroom property which includes additional accommodation providing excellent income potential, set in established formal grounds. Dufton Hall as it stands today dates to the 17th century, although the site is reputed to date back to the 1300s, with the manor once under the ownership of the famous Greystoke family.  Historic features can be found throughout the Hall, including a fine carved stone porticoed entrance, oak panelling, ornate plasterwork and a magnificent oak staircase.

11. High Street, Cranbrook, £725,000

This wonderful Grade II listed property is believed to date back to around 1570 when it was used as a Cloth Hall. From the mid-1800s it became the studio of members of the Cranbrook Colony of painters including Thomas Webster and Frederick Daniel Hardy. The property is also featured in Pevsner's book 'The Buildings of England'. The house has a prominent position with a grand façade fronting the High Street in Cranbrook town centre. It is very spacious, with over 3800 sq ft of accommodation, and is full of charm and character. On the ground floor, there is a large sitting room to the rear and more formal drawing room to the front, a study and a large kitchen/breakfast room. There are two staircases to the first floor, one directly serving the master bedroom suite with ensuite and dressing room, providing privacy from the rest of the house.  


Are you looking to move to a historic home? Contact your local Fine & Country branch to start your property search today.  
22nd Feb 2019

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