Four stunning houses and estates, happily in the middle of nowhere, with vistas and views beautiful enough to bring a tear to your eye.
North Yorkshire, £1.3 million
Expect to spot barn, tawny, long- and short-eared owls and grouse at Nethergill Farm, at Langstrothdale, near Buckden and the town of Hawes, where the current owners have worked to create a wildlife and conservation haven, including collaborations with the Yorkshire Dales River Trust and Forestry Commission.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park is the backdrop for this four-bedroom Victorian farmhouse, which comes with two holiday cottages and planning consent for two further conversions within its 377½ acres.
Cumbria, £1.25 million
The pale-grey stone walls of Clarghyll Hall, on the fringe of Alston in the North Pennines AONB, wear 500 years of history well. Listed Grade II*, its eight acres include mature walled gardens, woodland, a productive kitchen garden, lawns, an ornamental pond and a dovecote.
Inside, there are nine bedrooms, a great hall, a formal dining room with an oriel window and a library. Permission in perpetuity has been granted for the conversion of a former estate manager’s house (partially completed) into a four-bedroom property.
Berkshire, £1.7 million
Surrounded by estate land owned by Sir Richard Sutton Limited, in an AONB and approached via a narrow country lane, it’s safe to say that the views from Coombesbury Farm House are well protected.
Not far from the village of Stockcross and Newbury, the classically late-Victorian farmhouse has five bedrooms, four reception rooms and a tennis court.
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