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_Properties with potential: UK country houses in need of renovation

Dreaming of renovating a country house to your own specifications? Ranging from full-scale renovations and mega-projects to a lick of paint and some TLC, Knight Frank markets some rare, often storied gems that present the opportunity to be reborn as outstanding country homes or castles for commercial or residential use. 

July 17, 2018


_Properties with potential: UK country houses in need of renovation

Dreaming of renovating a country house to your own specifications? Ranging from full-scale renovations and mega-projects to a lick of paint and some TLC, Knight Frank markets some rare, often storied gems that present the opportunity to be reborn as outstanding country homes or castles for commercial or residential use. 

July 17, 2018

One/two bedroom house for sale in Altarnun, Launceston, Cornwall

Canaglaze is an exciting and substantial renovation and redevelopment project for investors with a keen sense of adventure, vivid imaginations and a love of the outdoors, preferably remote.

Emphatically as off-grid as they come in this part of the UK, this unlisted detached property - currently in a derelict state - sits in a beautiful secluded spot on the edge of Bodmin Moor, with no close neighbours and uninterrupted views across the valley and the south eastern part of Bodmin Moor in the distance.

There is existing planning permission on a row of three derelict stone cottages; the property also has a derelict stone barn, garden and fields.

Planning permission was granted for the ‘reinstatement and renovation of dwelling and retention of car port’ under reference PA15/01599.

Accessed by a rough track of road, the property itself extends to about five acres of garden and fields which are surrounded by grassland and open moorland as far as the eye can see in all directions.

The whole area including the Canaglaze property is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Location information

Altarnun 3 miles, Bodmin 11 miles, Trebarwith Strand 11 miles, Launceston 12 miles, Exeter 52 miles (All distances are approximate)

Opportunity to reconfigure a 19th Century former bakery in St Mary Bourne,Hampshire

A unique and exciting opportunity to create a contemporary village home in the heart of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.

Believed to date back to the early 19th Century, Pioneer House - formerly a maltings, brewery and bakery - has been granted change of use planning permission for conversion into a substantial three-bedroom home spanning over 4,500 sq ft.

The property's exterior has red brick walling with a series of horizontal flint panels with brick quoins under a slate roof. The remains of the Oast House chimney can be found in the roof.

An artist's impression of the reconfigured space provides a template for an exciting, industrial-inspired, light-filled and open plan modern home with impressive floor-to-ceiling windows to the rear of the property. The property is sold with garden and parking. 

St Mary Bourne is a small village about six miles to the north east of Andover and set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Conservation Area.

The village has an active community and good range of facilities including an outstanding Ofsted rated primary school, public houses, church, shop with post office and village hall.

Mainline stations at Whitchurch and Andover provide access to London Waterloo in just over an hour.

A large country home with separate cottage near Henley-on-Thames

A rare opportunity to update a large country home in excess of 3,800 sq ft with separate three-bedroom cottage.

Clocking in at 3,800 sq ft, the main home commands prime position in Oxfordshire countryside, approached from a quiet country lane on the edge of a popular hamlet five miles from Henley-on-Thames.

There is big potential to create a breathtaking family home, however the property is in need of sizeable TLC, with refurbishment and potential remodeling extending across all interiors.

But with a blank canvas comes to the exciting and rare opportunity to create a wonderful country home specific to new owners' tastes and current or anticipated needs.

The ground floor accommodation consists of four large reception rooms some with original features and a huge family-sized kitchen - with a little imagination these can be reconfigured and updated to reflect modern tastes.

The first floor offers eight bedrooms that would benefit from updating, a study and two family bathrooms. The adjunct three-bedroom cottage could serve as a guest house, accommodation for grown up children or rental investment.

The property is set within 4.45 acres of land overlooking open farmland interspersed with pockets of woodland

Communications from the hamlet are excellent with Henley (London Paddington 45 mins) and Reading (London Paddington 30 mins) a short drive away.

Four to seven bedroom 'unfinished' house for sale in Manningford Abbots, Pewsey

Good things come those who wait the adage goes, and new owners can experience that good thing in the form of an outstanding country home. The snag is that this project needs not starting, but finishing.

Started some eighteen years ago by current owners, on the market is this substantial detached ‘shell form’ country house set in gardens, grounds and paddock of approximately five acres, with an existing three-bedroom bungalow and annexe/games room.

The Nursery House, currently at first fix stage, has been uncompleted for the last fifteen years, but has been designed in the ‘Arts & Crafts’ style and offers substantial family accommodation with generous open plan areas for adventurous self builders.

The interior is a blank canvas to either continue in the Arts and Craft theme or finish in a contemporary design.

For those looking to embark on an an exciting project where there is ample opportunity to customise and take the reins, this represents a very rare opportunity to finish what will be a wonderful home in a lovely part of Wiltshire.

The Nursery House sits on the edge of the pretty hamlet of Manningford Abbots, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Pewsey Vale.

The area offers some of the most enchanting countryside of the Pewsey Vale with its gently rolling landscape bordering the large open spaces of Salisbury Plain. Nearby Pewsey offers an express rail service into London Paddington (70 mins).

The commuter town of Andover  is a short distance away and offers excellent rail links to London which can be reached in just over an hour. An up-to-date planning report and full technical pack of historical information are available on request.

A handsome Grade II listed detached farmhouse in Warwickshire in need of restoration

Opportunities to renovate a country home of this calibre and historical clout are rare; an ambitious restoration project that will be a hugely rewarding task for new owners keen or preserving a historical building with plenty of scope to fast forward some 300 years and fully modernise.

Original features include chamfered ceiling beams, beautiful staircase, oak, pine & elm floors, fireplaces - some with leaded lintels and some with glazed Georgian windows, stone arch and panelling. The inglenook fireplace in the drawing is impressive and will become a wonderful and very large feature of the principal room once renovated. 

The main building clocks in at 3,170 sq ft of living space - plenty of room for a large family. There are four generous first floor bedrooms on the first floor with a further two on the second. 

The adjunct barn is suitable for residential use (stpp) with a large open plan living room, kitchen area, shower room and utility room, with a bedroom over and LPG heating.

Alterations to the barn have been carried out without planning permission and retrospective consent will be required for non-agricultural use.

The property sits in the lovely Warwickshire hamlet of Bascote Heath. The small market town of Southam is 2.5 miles away with a range of facilities for day to day requirements, including a primary and secondary schools, churches and amenities.

More extensive facilities can be found in Leamington Spa (5.5 miles away), with excellent connection to London Marylebone, Warwick ( 7 miles away) and Stratford upon Avon (13 miles away).

The property is well placed for equestrian activity, with good access to the motorway and rail network.

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Six bedroom, Grade II Listed Georgian Rectory in Worcestershire

An unmodernised, six bedroom Grade II listed, Georgian Rectory spanning over 7,000 sq ft with potential to convert the attic rooms to further accommodation.

The house stands in just under two acres of gardens and is sold with two detached period barns which offer potential for conversion to residential dwellings, subject to the usual consents. The brick built former stable block and coach house is a two storey building with a footprint of about 1200 sq ft.

Sitting in the heart of arcadian hamlet Shelsley Beauchamp, the property has wonderful rural views over Teme Valley.

The closest major town is thriving cathedral city of Worcester 10 miles from the property.

This is a small selection of country homes on the market through Knight Frank. If you're looking for a 'do-er upper' our local teams can you help you find your ideal country home in need of renovation. 

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