Britain’s oldest homes for sale

Britain’s oldest homes for sale

The UK is known worldwide for its history and culture. There are many beautiful historic homes across the country, but where are the UK’s oldest homes for sale? From towering Tudor homes to medieval marvels, here are the most beautiful established properties on the market. 

1. Caldicot, Monmouthshire, £800,000 

This is the oldest property that Fine & Country currently has on the market, and happens to be one of the oldest buildings in Wales. It is over 800 years old, originally built by the monks of Llanthony Prima in 1120 and was at one time owned by Henry VIII. It was nearly demolished in 1972, but thankfully the former owner stepped in to restore this piece of history. 

The main house has a wealth of historical charm, with original bread ovens to lime-washed walls. On the first floor, accessible by two staircases, is the Great Hall which is a magnificent dining hall and the separate library. There are five bedrooms and three reception rooms. 

2. Longley, West Yorkshire, £600,000 

Longley Old Hall is a Grade II* Listed hall, and one of the area's most significantly important homes which can be traced back as far back as the late 1300's with Elizabethan and Victorian alterations. The property has been sympathetically restored and includes period features such as stone leaded mullion windows, exposed ancient oak timbers, stone flagged floors, and oak panelling in the library, hall and drawing room.

This is one of the region's earliest prestigious homes and was owned by Lords of the Manor of Almondbury. An architectural gem, the property has extremely flexible accommodation. The main house has between four and six bedrooms and up to five reception rooms. For some years, the owners opened the house for guided tours and this could provide a business opportunity for the new owners.

3. Gwaun Valley, Pembrokeshire, £749,950 

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

The setting is truly stunning, featuring large naturalised ponds, a 200-foot waterfall, an iron-age fort, medieval enclosure and ancient forest, with paths leading to the valley floor below.

4. Hollingbourne, Kent, £775,000 

This unique and stunning example of a detached Grade II Listed timber-framed house sits in the picturesque village of Hollingbourne. Nestled at the foot of the North Downs, it features a fine blend of period charm and contemporary elegance. The principle residence is thought to date back to the mid-16th Century and is currently configured as a three/four-bedroom home occupying three floors.

5. Coventry, West Midlands, £300,000 

Brookstick Cottage is Grade II Listed timber-framed chocolate box cottage that offers an abundance of character and benefits from expansive and private landscaped gardens, perfect for any keen gardener. The property is tucked away in a small hamlet of older properties, so it has great privacy. The bespoke solid oak kitchen is the hub of the home. The current owners have invested a lot of time into renovating the property, including replacing the staircase, a bathroom extension, and restoring the beams. 

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 paneling on the walls, some of which is original. There are enchanting slanting doors and the windowsills are two-foot-deep in places.

8. Maidstone, Kent, £1,000,000 

A stunning Grade II Listed thatched property which dates to the 17th century with later period additions. Beautifully restored over recent years, the property sits in an elevated position amongst six acres of woodland, orchards and private gardens offering far reaching countryside views. The grounds also include a tennis court and a swimming pool. 

An abundance of period features can be found within including vaulted ceilings, Inglenook fireplaces, and exposed timbers and ragstone walls. The main residence offers flexible living accommodation which consists of six bedrooms and four reception rooms. There is a two-bedroom detached cottage within the grounds which would make a perfect guest house or potential rental property.

9. 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. 


10. Ludlow, Shropshire, £1,500,000 

This property provides a rare opportunity to acquire a substantial six-bedroom Grade II Listed 17th Century farmhouse, together with two restored and converted Grade II Listed barns. The home provides accommodation for 18 guests and a warm, light and airy space for group activities. This is a fantastic business opportunity, providing a home with a substantial income set in three acres, all within walking distance of the centre of historic Ludlow. 

Foldgate Farm dates back to circa 1600, constructed at a time when traditional timber framing was being replaced with handmade brick construction. Set in formal gardens with an orchard, it retains a wealth of character features with solid oak internal doors, fireplaces, exposed timbers and brick, stone and wooden floors. Some of the original windows are still in place with cast iron latches and handles and oak window sills, some have been replaced in the original style.

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

18th Apr 2018

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