The back of be­yond

Houses that are hap­pily in the mid­dle of nowhere

Country Life Every Week - - Properties Of The Week -

Cum­bria, £1.25 mil­lion

The pale-grey stone walls of Clarghyll Hall, on the fringe of Al­ston in the North Pen­nines AONB, wear 500 years of his­tory well. Listed Grade II*, its eight acres in­clude ma­ture walled gar­dens, wood­land, a pro­duc­tive kitchen gar­den, lawns, an or­na­men­tal pond and a dove­cote. In­side, there are nine bed­rooms, a great hall, a for­mal din­ing room with an oriel win­dow and a li­brary. Per­mis­sion in per­pe­tu­ity has been granted for the con­ver­sion of a for­mer es­tate man­ager’s house (par­tially com­pleted) into a four-bed­room prop­erty. Sav­ills (01325 370500)

Berk­shire, £1.7 mil­lion

Sur­rounded by es­tate land owned by Sir Richard Sut­ton Lim­ited, in an AONB and ap­proached via a nar­row coun­try lane, it’s safe to say that the views from Coombes­bury Farm House are well pro­tected. Not far from the vil­lage of Stock­cross and New­bury, the clas­si­cally late-vic­to­rian farm­house has five bed­rooms, four re­cep­tion rooms and a ten­nis court. Knight Frank (01488 682726)

North York­shire, £1.3 mil­lion

Ex­pect to spot barn, tawny, long- and short-eared owls and grouse at Nethergill Farm, at Langstroth­dale, near Buck­den and the town of Hawes, where the cur­rent own­ers have worked to cre­ate a wildlife and con­ser­va­tion haven, in­clud­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions with the York­shire Dales River Trust and Forestry Com­mis­sion. The York­shire Dales Na­tional Park is the back­drop for this four-bed­room Vic­to­rian farm­house, which comes with two hol­i­day cot­tages and plan­ning con­sent for two fur­ther con­ver­sions within its 377½ acres. Carter Jonas (01423 586026)

Som­er­set, £1.65 mil­lion

As lovely and el­e­gant as you’d ex­pect from a Grade Ii-listed Ge­or­gian prop­erty, Woolmers­don House, in the pretty ham­let of Woolmers­don, has five bed­rooms and far-reach­ing views well be­yond its 71⁄2 acres. Ex­ten­sively im­proved by the cur­rent own­ers in col­lab­o­ra­tion with English Her­itage, it re­tains its pe­riod fea­tures, with sash win­dows, open fire­places and cor­nic­ing. Out­side, there’s a pad­dock, a se­cret gar­den and a num­ber of roses and fruit trees, in­clud­ing a par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive Bram­ley ap­ple. Although Taun­ton is nine miles away, the prop­erty gains tran­quil­lity points for its close prox­im­ity to the Quan­tock Hills, Eng­land’s first AONB. Strutt & Parker (01392 229405)

Som­er­set, £1.5 mil­lion

Glo­ri­ous views and walks over Ex­moor are not the only sell­ing points at pretty four-bed­room Buck­wor­thy Farm, which has a sum­mer house, a barn, loose boxes, five en­clo­sures, wood­land and a de­tached guest stu­dio within its 20½ acres. Not far from the vil­lages of Withy­pool and Ex­ford and Tarr Steps, the an­cient clap­per bridge over the Barle, the in­te­ri­ors have been beau­ti­fully ren­o­vated, with tons of nat­u­ral light and ex­posed oak A-frames. Jack­son-stops (01823 325144)

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