Luxury Living British estates

Luxury Living: British estates

To mark Christie’s 250th anniversary, we present 5 historic estates that epitomise British architecture through the ages — all from Christie’s International Real Estate

This exemplary late-Tudor house in Malmesbury in Wiltshire — reputed to be England’s oldest borough — stands adjacent to the medieval Malmesbury Abbey. The outstanding Grade I-listed property overlooks the River Avon and five acres of award-winning gardens, currently open for public viewing. Steeped in history, the 11-bedroom house features beautiful, centuries-old architecture including a cross-gabled roof, two solid-oak staircases and a great hall, which is believed to have been built by Abbot William of Colerne in 1260. 

This magnificent Grade II-listed Jacobean manor overlooking the Cotswold village of Alderley has been restored to its former glory and today stands as the perfect country estate. The interior is arranged over three floors, with 10 bedrooms and ornate architectural details throughout. The estate’s 26-acre wooded parkland is arrayed with amenities rarely found: a coach house, formal gardens, an orchard, outdoor pool, tennis court, sports hall, paddocks, and a practice polo field and double all-weather manège.

This stately Georgian manor house in the South Downs National Park enjoys views of the Meon Valley and 5.2 idyllic acres on the banks of the Meon River. The Grade II-listed property has been luxuriously updated and carefully restored by experts in historical house renovation. The landscaped grounds are equally remarkable. Georgian-era design elements include a brick-faced ha-ha and a walled garden with a summer house. An orchard, glasshouse, potting shed, and 1.5-acre fenced paddock complete the picture.

Dearleap is a predominantly Victorian village house that dates from the early 1700s, with additions made in the 1740s and again in the 19th century. Deerleap’s beautifully proportioned interior extends to more than 11,000 square feet, with eight bedrooms and five reception halls, highlighted by a music room and a galleried hall that opens to a terrace with a heated outdoor pool. The splendid five-acre grounds host a mews cottage, an office complex and garaging, and a greenhouse bordered by manicured, wooded lawns.

Langhurst Manor is a quintessential Edwardian country house sitting on seven acres of established gardens in the Surrey Hills — an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The home’s grand interior proportions and elegant finishes are typical of the Edwardian era. Of particular note is the south-facing terrace and balcony with commanding views of the pastoral landscape. Complete with a summerhouse, orchard, swimming pool, tennis court, paddocks and stables, this refined English estate offers countryside living at its finest.