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This week’s Prime 5 Country Houses

Prime 5 country houses

This week we see some of the markets finest homes being advertised across Great Britain, country houses from Cornwall, Yorkshire, Kent, Scotland and Wales.

Perran Cove, Cornwall

Prime 5 country houses Perran Cove
Perran Cove

Property description

Tenure: Freehold

Situated in a totally private, peaceful and tranquil setting within 1.3 acres of meticulously maintained and landscaped parkland style grounds, this exceedingly attractive and distinctive Arts and Crafts country house, facing south west in a grandstand position overlooking beautiful unspoilt woodland and the Helford River, towards the end of a Private Road on the renowned Budock Vean Estate… read more

Bishopthorpe Garth, North Yorkshire

Prime 5 country houses Bishopthorpe Garth
Bishopthorpe Garth

Property description

Tenure: Freehold

One of York’s most important Grade II listed residential country houses, incorporating a portfolio of properties within a private setting on the southern edge of York

Bishopthorpe Garth is an important Grade II listed property built in 1908 by renowned architect Walter Brierley. More of a compact estate than just a notable house… read more

Oxney Court, Dover, Kent

Prime 5 country houses Oxney Court
Oxney Court

Property description

Tenure: Freehold


Oxney Court has an intriguing history, having for many years lain at the heart of England’s smallest parish. The earliest reference to Oxney is in a charter of 1038, at which time the parish contained only 319 acres. The earliest history of the parish is centred on the nearby Church of St Nicholas which is now redundant and ruined. It was a chapel of ease to serve the estate at Oxney, associated with The Abbey at West Langdon, founded 1192. By 1759, when Hasted visited Oxney, the church had a thatched roof and was being used as a barn. The open ruins were later re-consecrated as a family burial ground in the 19th Century (but the Church is no longer a part of the estate today).

There has been a house on this site for centuries, although it has changed much over generations. At the heart of today’s house is a late 17th Century house, built after the earlier timber framed property was demolished and improved. The gothic style was first introduced to Oxney in 1764 by the Jeken family and further transformations were made through the 19th Century.

The house was then requisitioned during World War I, mysteriously caught fire and was severely damaged and then fell into ruin… read more

Earlshall Castle, St. Andrews

Prime 5 country houses Earshall Castle
Earlshall Castle

Property description

Tenure: Freehold

One of the best kept 16th century country houses in Scotland, beautifully restored by Sir Robert Lorimer. World famous walled garden


Earlshall takes its name from the hunting lodge of ‘The Erlishall’ owned by the Earls of Fife, relatives of King Robert de Bruce. Sir William Bruce began building the castle in 1546. The castle was built with large windows rather than narrow slit windows used for defence. Musket loops and smaller windows were provided in strategic places as an insurance against armed incursion.

Sir William Bruce received Mary Queen of Scots at Earlshall in 1561. Later James VI of Scotland who became James I of England also visited. Both monarchs would have ridden from the royal palace of Falkland to hunt at Earlshall.

Alexander Bruce had his marriage commemorated on the granite fireplace in the Great Hall. William, and Agnes Lindsay were responsible for the painted ceiling in the Long Gallery. Painted the full length of the 50 foot long roof are the coats of arms of European royalty, Scottish noble families and imaginary nobles. The Baron would sit directly beneath the royal coat of arms when holding his Courts of Barony – signifying that his powers of justice came directly from the King. read more

Henblas, Anglesey

Prime 5 country houses Henblas
Henblas, Anglesey

Property description

Tenure: Freehold

One of Wales’ most impressive country houses Listed Grade II* with 2 letting cottages, land and far reaching views, occupying an extremely private and peaceful setting read more

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