Let your money show that you also have taste
£1 million: over in the pretty Lincolnshire Wolds, Raithby Manor, 15 miles from Skegness, is a very impressive pile indeed. It would make the grandest of weekend retreats — but the house and its gated grounds would also be a superb location for a B&B business.
There is plenty to do here for all the family. The garden has a tennis court, stables, an orchard with apple, pear and cherry trees, woodland areas with natural ponds, and there’s an annexe ready to let above a triple garage.
The house itself has four bedrooms that you could also turn into guest suites, plus charming reception rooms with log burners, a kitchen complete with an Aga, and a games room set up for snooker. Just two miles away is the historic market town of Spilsby, ideal for exploring.
The manor is on the market with Hunters (01754 484002).
The Mill House in Billingshurst, in the heart of the Sussex Weald, dates from 1766.
This substantial, part-timbered home has been skilfully restored to offer an oak-panelled snug warmed by an open fire, elegant dining and drawing rooms and a bespoke family kitchen, plus an orangery. Six bedrooms and bathrooms have enviable views over 12 acres of gardens, with a swimming pool, duck pond and tennis court. There’s a separate two-bedroom guest cottage converted from a brick barn, a new stable block for six horses and an office and gym in another barn.
Billingshurst station, for London and Gatwick trains, is less than four miles away. Call Savills (01483 660057).