Gratwicks House, Church Lane, Ashurst, West Sussex. Guide price: £1,999,999 (reduced from £2.45 million). Selling agent: Knight Frank (01483 565171).

Idyllic Gratwicks House has 10 acres of gardens, grounds and paddocks on the edge of Ashurst village, surrounded by glorious countryside.

The traditional brick-and-tiled house dates from the 16th century, with 1930s additions, and bears the name of the influential Gratwick family, who were squires in the area from the 1700s onwards. Its 5,455sq ft of accommodation includes three reception rooms, a kitchen/breakfast room, master and guest suites, three further bedrooms, a family bathroom and an attached three-bedroom cottage.

Equestrian facilities include a six-box stable yard, with a sand school and three railed paddocks. ‘This is one of very few houses in West Sussex where the only sound you can hear is the birds singing,’ warbles selling agent Tim Harriss.