What’s in a name?

The English-vil­lage idyll is very much alive and buy­ers are will­ing to pay above the odds for it, but have you ever won­dered ex­actly how much that ‘manor’, ‘rec­tory’ or ‘cot­tage’ la­bel is worth? An­nun­ci­ata El­wes in­ves­ti­gates five clas­sic vil­lage-prop­erty

Country Life Every Week - - Property Comment - Edited by An­nun­ci­ata El­wes Il­lus­tra­tions by Holly-anne Rolfe

Av­er­age sale price £1,427,292 650% more than UK av­er­age £190 per sq ft

TO the manor born or bought, this is one of the most de­sir­able houses in the vil­lage. It’s typ­i­cally the largest, too, and a great place for both a party and some peace and quiet. Bizarrely, de­spite be­ing the most ex­pen­sive (and rightly so) of vil­lage prop­er­ties, the manor house con­sis­tently of­fers the best value per square foot.

‘Manor houses en­joy glam­our and pres­tige as the fo­cal point of vil­lage life, with spa­cious liv­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion matched by per­fectly man­i­cured grounds,’ says Nick Leem­ing, chair­man of Jack­son-stops & Staff. ‘As a re­sult, they con­tinue to boast a healthy pre­mium on the vil­lage-prop­erty stage and will do so for years to come.’

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