It appears that Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan has sold Glympton Park in Oxfordshire to the King of Bahrain.
Back to work plans are boosting demand for town and city homes, says Savills, but the country house and coastal property markets are still riding high.
“The search for space is far from over but the trend has a more urban flavour now,” says Knight Frank research chief Tom Bill. “After an initial spike in demand for rural locations following the first national lockdown, the appeal of towns and cities is growing as buyers plan for life after lockdown and some attempt to capture the best of both worlds.”
Higham House was reputedly visited by Henry VIII, and now features a show-stopping swimming pool complex.
“The huge population of London means that traditionally it’s the most searched for location,” says Rightmove, “but the appeal of the coast and the countryside over the past year has seen Cornwall crowned the new capital.”
The saving of Harold Peto’s cloisters at Iford Manor in Wiltshire has been recognised as the best historic house restoration project of the last year by the Historic Houses Association and Sotheby’s.
PrimeResi meets top buying agent Jess Simpson, an ex-Savills director and the former head of Strutt & Parker’s buying arm, who set up her eponymous firm in 2018 and now heads an all-female team specialising in acquiring country houses, estates and farmland across England. Here, she discusses the remarkable resurgence in the country market over the last 12 months, her most challenging searches to date, and the importance of letting your own success speak for itself…
Poxwell Manor comes with “all the toys”, says Strutt & Parker, including a helipad and helicopter hangar.
“While a superficial look at the current market might suggest an ongoing lack of supply, activity under the radar has been continuing at a cracking pace,” writes Jennifer Campbell of Scottish property agency Baird Lumsden – which has been involved in some significant off-market deals since the pandemic hit…
The number of London-based buyers that purchased a second home outside the capital leapt by 309% in 2020 compared to 2019, according to Knight Frank, as affluent sorts looked to escape the city.
London-centric interior design studio Rigby & Rigby has launched a new division, dedicated to the construction and delivery of super-prime country homes.
Savills, Knight Frank and Hamptons have all reported a booming country house market.