For sale through Hamptons (020-7288 6909) and Hayman-Joyce (01608 653607) at a guide price of £1.75m, The Rock House at Maugersbury, near Stow-on-the-Wold, has been home for the past 20 years to the peripatetic former diplomat Dr Erik Jensen, author of Where Hornbills Fly: A Journey with the Headhunters of Borneo, which featured in Country Life’s recommended Christmas reading list last year.

A splendid example of a classic 17th-century Cotswold-stone house, The Rock House, listed Grade II, stands in an enviable position within the village and enjoys far-reaching views over the surrounding Cotswold countryside. Set in 1.2 acres of gardens and grounds that include a former tennis court and swimming pool, the house has four reception rooms, a conservatory, six bedrooms, three bathrooms and a former carriage house.

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