Why merely move out to the country when an entire change of lifestyle could be yours for the same price?
As country house price tags go, £1.75 million doesn’t often buy you much – particularly in commuter-friendly Hertfordshire.
But at this beautiful spot a few miles north of Berkhamsted, £1.75m gets you far more than just a country house: Frithsden offers an amazing opportunity to take up the running of an English vineyard and winery, with a wine shop and cafe, in the foothills of the Chilterns.
The five-acre vineyard has thrived since 1971, with a brief lull before being replanted in 2006. The wine is pressed and bottled on-site, made from about 6,000 Solaris, Rondo and Phoenix vines, specially developed in Northern Europe to thrive in our cooler climate.
Naturally enough given the price, the brick-built four-bedroom house itself isn’t quite as idyllic as the lifestyle that comes with it.
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Yet there is still plenty to love about it: the double-aspect living room which opens out onto the gardens, for example, or the dining room with a vaulted ceiling.
Be warned, however: falling in love with the house and deciding not to keep the vineyard going isn’t an option. This home is subject to an Agricultural Occupancy Condition – in other words, to live here you have to keep the land going and the wine flowing.
Frankly, we can’t see this stipulation being much of a chore for most of the prospective buyers!
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