Fen End House, near Kenilworth. This quintessential English country house has long been the home of Bill Husselby, former High Sheriff of the County of West Midlands, and his wife, Jill, an architectural historian.

Set in formal gardens, the house is handsomely decorated in a style that complements the architectural detail. ?The countryside, ponies in the paddock, convenience to Birmingham, London and Europe: it has really been a wonderful family home for the past 35 years to bring up our three children in before they ?fled the nest?,? says Mr Husselby.

6 bedrooms, 4 reception rooms, cottages, stables, dovecote, swimming pool, tennis court, kitchen gardens. 14 acres.

£1.5m. Andrew Grant (01905 734735); Knight Frank (01789 297735)