Monday 19 August 2019

Two (more) English country homes to renovate

I thought I'd stick with the English country homes theme for a little longer and show you two beautiful big and neglected homes.
Both are pricier than my usual picks but both are in lovely locations - and there's nothing wrong with a bit of fantasy house planning ; )
The first, sent to me by regular reader Paul, is just outside the little village of Dunnington, in Warwickshire.

Five bedrooms, Grade II listed, edge of village location and a decent chunk of land to play with - what's not to want?
Lovely light rooms and lots of original features. I particularly love these cupboards, though I suspect they'll end up being replaced with bi-fold doors or a shiny kitchen island and some macramé plant holders : (

However, I have NO any objections to the next owner replacing this fireplace with a wood burner and chunky stone mantel. And ditching that glass door.

Or that green paint.
Bags of space but clearly a fair bit of work ahead. Four reception rooms, central hall, kitchen and utility downstairs; five bedrooms, plus bathroom upstairs.
Albeit one bedroom is accessed through it's neighbour, so realistically we're looking at bedroom four becoming the en-suite or some other part of a master bedroom suite with bedroom one. So, are we thinking four or three bedrooms and two or more bathrooms?

I get a bit excited when I start looking at floorplans and potentially movable walls!

Old Dunnington Farmhouse is on the market at offers over £550k with Sheldon Bosley Knight. Details here and here.
My second pick is equally - possibly more - handsome.
And pricier. And wreckier.
It makes the cut however because, as reader Sue said when she sent me the link, "I liked the fairytale vegetation encroachment".

Haroldstone House, at Crickley Hill in the Cotswolds, is pretty fairytale throughout. And in a pretty magical location.
Agents Hollis Morgan describe it as a "forgotten gem" (not exactly forgotten, given the owner applied to convert the coach house  - below -  a couple of years ago). The property package includes the house itself, plus the coach house, plus a whopping 22 acres of land.

We're talking renovation challenge of, and probably for, a lifetime. But what a gorgeous space!
Packed with period stuff, as you'd expect. And more of that vegetation Sue mentioned.

Not so sure about the "air conditioning" in this picture:

Just needs a bit of TLC really, and a coach load of power tools and cash...
On the market through Hollis Morgan at £750k. Details here and here.