Where country houses go for a song
THERE is a county—the second biggest—that almost no one ever thinks of: Lincolnshire, where you can buy a manor house for a million.
It’s no joke, says Rupert Fisher, head of Savills’ Lincoln office. ‘The average price per square foot is £140— it’s crazy.’ Mr Fisher puts the county’s secret status down to its successful farming.
Value for money here is staggering. Thurlby Hall, located just off the A46 between Lincoln and Newark, a sevenbedroom Grade Ii-listed hall with 23 acres, two cottages and a tennis court, recently sold for £995,000— an absolute steal by the standards of the Home Counties.
The average price of houses sold by Savills in Lincolnshire this year is £556,000; half a million ‘gets you so much more here’. Eight-bedroom Careby Manor, in the sought-after town of Stamford, is on the market for £995,000 and comes with 10 acres and stabling.
There’s much more to Lincolnshire’s appeal than lower-than-low prices. As well as exceptional hunting with the Brocklesby, there’s at least one grammar school in every town except Lincoln and a smattering of good preps feed the public schools that encircle the county at Uppingham, Oundle, Oakham and Repton.
The county’s house prices are slow to move, with 3% or 4% movement a year. A soon-to-arrive improved train link to Lincoln from London will help with the commute.
But residents, reluctant to give away their closely-guarded secret, are forced to admit that, as it is, travel to town isn’t bad—just 80 minutes to King’s Cross from Newark North Gate. What are you waiting for? Eleanor Doughty
Leasingham—this Georgian manor house has seven bedrooms. Price with Brown & Co (01476 514455)