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Commission your own country house

Appoint the right architect and build your ideal country property

Build your own country house
Build your own country house
If you can’t find quite the right house, why not build one from scratch? Arabella Youens finds out how to go about commissioning a new country house


Little Easton Manor, Essex

This grand country house in Essex has a fascinating history dating back to Tudor times

Little Easton Essex country houses for sale
This prestigious country house in Essex has history dating back to Tudor times, when Elizabeth I enjoyed stag hunting in the nearby forests


Delightful smallholding in The Blackdown Hills

Somerset farm with cider orchard and boating lake

Taunton country houses for sale
Farmhouse for sale near Taunton
A wonderful smallholding comprises an old farmhouse, cider orchard, woodland and a boating lake, all just seven miles from Taunton


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Listed buildings: assets or liabilities?

Listed building owners suffer for their efforts to preserve historic buildings

Owning listed buildings
Owning a listed building
The attitude towards listed buildings, and their owners, must change drastically if our heritage is to be properly preserved, says a new report

How to build an orangery

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Key considerations when constructing an orangery include design, lighting, interiors and security

Property guide to Elstead

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BBH4EH St James Elstead Church. Image shot 06/2009. Exact date unknown.
Freddie Mack shares the secrets of Elstead in Surrey, a prime spot for young families looking for properties outside London near good schools