Country Property News
How to maximise the value of a country house
Which features often tempt buyers into digging deep for a country house? Head of Strutt & Parker’s Estates & Farm Agency Department, Mark McAndrew, has come up with a four-step plan for boosting value witho…
Upton Downstairs: Bank Holiday teas, tours, tents & tantrums
"Life at Upton Cressett often resembles a mongrel cross combining the best and worst of Fawlty Towers, Tom Sharpe and To The Manor Born," says William Cash from Shropshire as he opens up his historic hom…
Splashing the Cashes: A peacock of a summer night’s dream
In which William Cash throws an Elizabethan bash at Upton Cressett to celebrate his wife's birthday, his father's knighthood, and a local planning triumph.
Strong growth but ‘momentum may be slowing’ for prime country houses
The prime country house market has posted its strongest rate of annual growth for four years, says Knight Frank, although the £5m+ segment dropped by 2.3% between April and June.
Paradise Saved? Heritage triumphs in the Battle for Shropshire
After three years of hard feuding, plans for an 80-metre wind turbine in Shropshire's heritage heartland have been withdrawn
Romancing the Stone: The houses built by love
Many a man has been driven to great lengths by love, and architecture is often a rewarding (though insatiable) mistress for such a passion, says Matthew Beckett...
Grandest Designs: The build-your-own stately homes
The English countryside could be about to see two new mansions "of national importance" arise from its green folds, so long as someone finds the time and money to actually build them
How much does it cost to run a large country house for a year?
Bible of rural existence Country Life has been totting up all the pesky bills that go along with owning a pastoral idyll. It's pretty scary
Something in the Air: Shropshire heritage triumphs over the turbine
Double celebrations for William Cash as he celebrates both his recent nuptials and a big win for localism and the Shropshire landscape
Country house prices see biggest rise in over three years
The average price of a prime country house in the UK climbed by 1.4% in the final quarter of 2013, according to Knight Frank, taking the annual rise to 3.1%
Too Good To Be True? The real story behind the £250k mansion
Marketed with an "absurdly" low guide price of £250k, it's been billed as "the bargain basement mansion", but whoever buys the Grade I-listed Halswell House in Somerset at auction next week will need …
Cotswolds top list of “least affordable” places to live
Country is significantly more pricey than town, according to some new research by Halifax, which concludes that there is "a rural premium in all regions" of the UK after pitching house prices against salaries