If owning your own stately home is out of reach, living in the gatehouse can offer much of the charm at a fraction of the price, as these lovely homes demonstrate.
Originally one (there were, of course, multiple) of the gate houses to St Audries Manor, Rydon Lodge was built around the 1850s.
Mock Tudor in design, the church-style entrance is the beginning of Rydon’s charms, which also include a stone lovely fireplace and a lovely set of base features to improve upon.
A Victorian addition to the grounds of Pickhill Hall, The Lodge dates back to 1866 and appears to be gothic revival, with some fun blue elements thrown into the mix.
A conical stair turret is its claim to fame, unsurprisingly located down a fairly private road with gorgeous tiled flooring and original slate fireplaces.
Although it has undoubtably lost its rural setting, you could picture this Victorian two-bedroom home by a grand gate, leading to a stately home.
High ceilings belay its previous occupation, while a bath in the second bedroom speaks of pure luxury.
Deep in the Westcombe Park Conservation Area (very similar to something one might find in the Kent countryside), this Arts-and-Crafts home is exactly what you would expect for a home once part of a grand estate.
The centrepiece has to be the stunning Edwardian staircase, gracing a reception room with a stunning fireplace. The kitchen benefits from the natural light of a glass roof, as does the adjoining conservatory, a welcome change from the usual dark-and-dismal small period homes we so often see.
The former gate house to Lockerley Hall, South Lodge is historically individual and still stands in a space quite unto itself, beautifully ornate and very much in the countryside.
Boasting all the charm of a much larger house with none of the difficult upkeep, there’s plenty of room for a new owner to put their stamp on South Lodge, with bare bones and beautiful furnishings to use as a start (or, as a matter of fact, end) point.