Richmond-On-Thames, Prestbury House, Hampton Court. ?I?ve always thought of it as a country house on the edge of London,? says Hugh Stubbs, a former partner in Freshfields who has owned this handsomely decorated Queen Anne house since 1989. ?We back onto 1,100 acres of Bushy Park, and we front onto the Green.?

Grade II listed. Freehold. 7,040sq ft. 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, staff flat, walled garden. £3m. Savills (020?8614 9100)