Whether you’d like a weekend countryside escape or are looking to permanently relocate out of the city for more space and a quieter, calmer life, there are endless idyllic country properties which make fabulous investment, purchase or rental opportunities. From illustrious grand estates with sprawling grounds to stately homes and historically owned castles boasting stunning scenery, here is our curated selection of the finest countryside properties and rural retreats around the world.
Grade II Listed Luxury Home Salisbury, Dorset | For Sale £18.5M
West Woodyates is a 12-bedroom property consisting of traditional buildings and cottages amidst formal gardens. The ground floor of the main house is perfect for entertaining and family living. There is a traditional vaulted drawing room, sitting room, library and dining hall as well as a family kitchen and pantry, boot room, offices, utility rooms and cellars. The Manor Cottage offers four-bedrooms and elsewhere on the grounds, there is also a well house and office.
18th Century Classical Georgian Country House in Dalrymple, Scotland | For Sale £2.5M
Amongst natural woodland and on the banks of River Doon lies this 18th century eight-bedroom coach house along with a 2-bedroom cottage. The secluded estate includes a walled garden and various lawns. Inside, it has been refurbished perfectly to suit modern living, complete with a contemporary country dining kitchen and central breakfasting island and newly fitted gym and sauna, games room and wine cellar.
Elegant 7-Bedroom House With Artists' Studios in Blandford Forum, Dorset | For Sale £4.95M
Set within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Woolland House was recently restored by R Moulding & Co. The house is entered through a beautiful cobbled courtyard and features a glazed atrium, designed by the architect Simon Morray-Jones. Once the home of the sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink RA, the home also includes artists’ studios.
Rural Lakeside Plot With Planning Permission For A Sustainable Manor House in Cambridgeshire | For Sale £3M
Mines Park offers a rare opportunity to acquire a 100-acre plot surrounded by rolling arable fields and ancient woodland. The land comes with planning permission for a contemporary manor house and staff cottages designed by Tom Emerson of 6A Architects. The sustainability-driven project includes a walled growing garden containing a greenhouse, new woodland providing sustainable fuel for the house and a water-recycling system utilising reed-bed filtration.
Modern Palladian-Style Mansion in Godalming, Surrey | For Sale £30M
Set within over 30 acres of parkland, this recently built landmark property is arranged over three levels to vast classical proportions. The luxury interiors include a wine cellar, library, party room, indoor bowling alley, home cinema, games room and an indoor swimming pool complete with a spa bath and steam room.
Mid-Georgian Mansion in County Carlow, Ireland | For Sale €990K
Overlooking the town of Carlow, Browne's Hill House is built from warmly coloured granite stone and is spread across over 14,000 sq ft with 5 principal reception rooms and 16 bedrooms. The impressive and sumptuous interiors include plenty of original mid-18th century period detailing such as elaborate rococo plasterwork in the drawing-room and finely carved foliage plasterwork in the stair hall. A beguiling refurbishment opportunity, there's amazing potential here to keep the property as a luxurious private home or convert it into a spa, hotel or even a wedding venue. If you'd be interested in exploring the potential, look no further than the Designed by Woulfe team and read more about our services here.
Rural Tudor Country House in West Sussex, England | For Sale £5.5m
Chesworth House is a remarkable Grade II listed country house dating back to the 15th century. The versatile family property is ideal for entertaining and has been extended to include impressive features including inglenook fireplaces, exposed oak roof trusses and a handmade Edwin Loxley fitted kitchen. A long tree lined private driveway and impressive mixture of gardens provide the luxury home with seclusion and plenty of outdoor space.
Grade II Listed Luxury Property with Helipad In Dorking, England | For Sale £6.495M
This spectacular countryside property set across 12 acres boasts 6 bedrooms as well as a detached cottage with 4 further bedrooms and a home office building. The impressive leisure amenities include equestrian facilities, a swimming pool and natural swimming pond, gym, spa, sauna, jacuzzi and a private helipad.
Classic Yet Contemporary Luxury Property in Bath, England | For Sale POA
Fusing contemporary design with classical proportions, this exceptional property is one of Bath’s finest properties. D’Oro House is set across 3 floors and boasts a grand reception hall with double-height ceiling and stone cantilevered staircase upon entering. The property is decorated to exceptional standards, with beautiful stone floors and Italian marble work surfaces in open-plan the kitchen.
Former Rectory Turned Luxury Family Home in Gloucestershire, England | For Sale £3.5M
5 reception rooms and 6 bedrooms make up the living space in this glorious former rectory. Primely positioned on the cusp of the pictureque Cotswolds village of Cheltenham, the Grade II listed property is charming and characterful with formal yet relaxing interiors.
6-Bedroom Manor House in Buckinghamshire, England | For Sale £3.5M
The quintessentially English country abode is steeped in history and Royal connections dating back to Medieval times. A key feature is the traditional kitchen/breakfast room which is fitted with bespoke wood units and oak work surfaces, a two oven oil-fired Aga along with a cooker with ceramic hob.
17th Century Farmhouse in Pembrokeshire, England | For Sale £1.25M
Fully renovated to suit modern living, Lochturffin is an 8-bedroom family manor home which has retained its classic Georgian features. The 12 acres of land include landscaped gardens, a tennis court, paddocks, a Victorian Greenhouse and beautiful walled garden.
Elegant Country Residence above Robin Hood's Bay in Fylingthorpe, England For Sale in £1.5M
Thorpe Hall effortlessly combines 16th Century and Victorian architectural elements across 6,000 sq ft. The vast property includes 10 bedrooms and 7 living spaces as well as a two-storey stone built Coach House. It is surrounded by 4.5 acres of gardens and paddocks and is just a short walk from the beach.
Classic Georgian Townhouse in Bath, UK | For Sale £2.85M
No 4 Brock Street was built by esteemed English architect John Wood the younger in 1783. This well cared for period family home spans six floors with plenty of classical, authentic details including an elegant staircase, fireplaces and fine Venetian windows. The property has a south-facing walled garden and is situated between the iconic Royal Crescent and The Circus, right in the hub of Bath.
12-Bedroom Country House Hotel in Muir of Ord, Scotland | For Sale £995K
Ord House is a B-listed countryside property in the Scottish highlands which is currently run as a hotel and restaurant for 6 months of the year. The home includes 4 principal reception rooms and 12 bedroom suites as well as a private, two-storey wing with separate access.
Charming 2-Bedroom Cottage in Hampshire, UK | For Sale £600K
This charming and characterful cottage sits on the southern edge of the picturesque village of St. Mary Bourne. It is Grade II listed with a traditional thatched roof and offers plenty of authentic features including beams throughout the interior, ‘eyebrow’ dormer windows and a large inglenook fireplace.
Georgian Style Rural Residence in Essex, UK | For Sale £6.25M
Thistle Hall showcases the elegant symmetry that's synonymous with the Georgian era. This peaceful residence is the perfect rural retreat for utter relaxation. All five of the spacious bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms. Set on over 25 acres of land, there is plenty of space to roam the private parkland which includes a lake, pond, woodland and pasture land.
Idyllic Cotswolds Manor house in Wiltshire, UK | For Sale £4M
Luckington Manor is a private village house that is the ideal country home for entertaining friends and family. Roaring open fires, panelled rooms and charming period features make this your quintessentially British countryside property.
Contemporary House With Landscaped Gardens in Oulton Heath, UK | For Sale £2.35M
Sitting on top of a valley, The Edge is an architecturally-designed home showcasing dramatic interiors and exceptional design. The large open-plan kitchen/dining/family room sits at the heart of the home and is flooded with natural light, while a seamless glazed wall panel looks directly through to the swimming pool.
Modern Arts & Crafts Style Country House in Reading, UK | For Sale £10M
Adshead Park is an exceptionally positioned modern country mansion overlooking its own gardens as well as stunning views beyond the grounds. This family home is perfect for entertaining complete with an indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, gym, wine room, bar and cinema. The interiors boast bronze windows with oak frames, Italian marble and limestone floors and solid oak joinery.
Hurst Lodge in Berkshire, England | For Sale POA
Set in stunning private grounds, this heritage property is Grade II listed and understood to date back to 1580. It is arranged over three floors with classic proportions and elegant period features including Delft tiling, high ceilings, 17th century oak panelling and original fireplaces.
Historic Estate in St Peter, Jersey, England | For Sale £8.95m
This 10-bedroom manor house has an outstanding entrance hall boasting a double height ceiling and minstrels gallery. The property, which has been subtly modernised, has outbuildings that are perfect for conversion and is surrounded by over 20 acres of domestic and agricultural land.
Stone Farmhouse in Menerbes, Vaucluse, Provence | For Sale €12.4m
Spanning around 650 sq m with a total of 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and 2 reception rooms as well as 2 additional cottages, this idyllic French home is surrounded by olive trees, lavender and heath and offers beautiful views over the Luberon.
Somerset Manor in Wincanton, England | For Rent from £3,445 per weekend
This former rectory makes for an idyllic holiday home. The peaceful country mansion offers 17 acres of gardens and woodland and inside, there is a vast expanse of space for socialising, with four main reception rooms. There is also an elegant orangery and large farmhouse kitchen, for ultimate countryside charm.
New Forest Manor in New Forest National Park, England | For Rent from £8,995 per weekend
This classic, Queen Anne-style 12-bedroom country house sits within a 15-acre private estate and has a rich history. Built in the Queen Anne style in 1760, Lady Bingham, wife of Sir George Bingham who guarded the deposed Napoleon previously owned the property which offers luxury and comfort within a quintessentially British aesthetic. The layout of the house is adaptable, catering to large parties, whether celebrating or relaxing.
Windrush Hyde Estate in The Cotswolds, England | For Rent from £13,275 per weekend
A charming countryside escape, this 15th century estate provides accommodation for 30 guests. In addition to the Manor House, the property includes four barns of varying sizes. With views over the rolling country hills, there’s plenty of space to explore and connect with the great outdoors.
Austrian Castle in Mostviertel, Austria | For Rent from €400 per night
In the heart of Austria sits this enchanting castle that would make for an unforgettable wedding or celebration venue. With plenty of cultural offerings in the area including wines, castles, abbeys and medieval villages, the castle also makes for a great location for private or corporate retreats. An in-house events team can work closely with guests to curate the perfect celebration, give advice, ideas and support or to be on hand for any unexpected requirements. The Castle is only available to hire from March to October.