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10 of the Best Private Estates on the Market Right Now

Private estates fit for a king – or queen...

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Surrounded by walled gardens, situated in prestigious private estates or set within acres of impenetrable woodland; we’ve got the low-down on the best secluded properties on the market right now… 

Mamhead House, Exeter

Mamhead House

Easily one of the finest houses in the south of England, Mamhead is a stunning property of significant historical importance, with mentions in the Domesday Book. Laid out over 164 acres, the estate comprises the main house, built from mellow Bath stone and boasting innumerable fine architectural features, and Mamhead Castle, a Grade II* listed Gothic building completely modernised from the inside. The elevated position affords it sublime tranquility and panoramic views over the estate’s parkland, countryside and Exe Estuary. Available through Strutt & Parker, POA

Dunsborough Park, Surrey

Dunsborough Park

Set within beautiful, serene landscaped gardens and grounds, this historic, Grade II listed country estate spans around 80 acres. Fine period details, exposed beams and wood panelling add to the cosy charm of the 7-bedroom home, while the magical grounds feature formal gardens, tulip-strewn meadows, a charming, wisteria-lined bridge and a maze. Available through house. for £10m

Ash House, Devon

Ash House

Extensively renovated to the highest standard, Ash House is a typically elegant, Grade II listed manor, as equipped for daily family life as for large-scale entertaining. In a southernly position, it enjoys far reaching views over Dartmoor, one of Devon’s most beautiful and unspoilt areas. The estate itself is exceedingly private, surrounded by extensive mature woodland and featuring tennis courts, swimming pool, lovely walled garden and superb outdoor riding school. Available through Knight Frank for £5m

St George’s Hill, Surrey

Hartlands Savills

If unparalleled privacy is the goal, St George’s Hill has 24/7 security and is internationally renowned to be one of the most sought-after private estates in England. Spanning over 900 acres, residents can make good use of the estate’s private championship golf course and a separate private tennis and squash club. This dreamy mansion was inspired by the great architect John Nash, with elegant interiors, swimming pool, gym and landscaped gardens. Available through Savills for £10,950,000

Crossrigg Hall, Penrith

Crossrigg Hall

Country living doesn’t get much finer than this estate, with spectacular views across Cumbria’s scenic Eden Valley. Period features abound in the Grade II listed Edwardian mansion, including original moulded ceilings, wood-panelled reception rooms and a magnificent oak staircase, the centrepiece of the grand house. Extending over 17 acres, the grounds include landscaped gardens, woodland, orchards and paddocks. Available through Finest Properties for £2.75m

Cairnty House, Moray

Cairnty Estate

Fans of shooting and whiskey alike will be captivated by this sporting estate, set in the stunning lower Spey valley, at the heart of Malt Whisky Country. Spread over 563 acres, it delivers everything required of an ideal Scottish estate and more, offering pheasant shooting, deer stalking and salmon fishing on the River Spey. At the centre lies a lovely Georgian-inspired country home, designed for family life as well as entertaining guests, who are bound to show up in droves for the unmissable shooting and fishing seasons. Available through Strutt & Parker, offers over £2,650,000

Hall Court Farm, Ledbury

Hall Court Farm

Anyone looking for a home with a history is likely to fall for the considerable charms of this property, a Grade II listed hall of plenty character and breathtaking period features. With large open fireplaces, dark wood panelling and exposed wall and ceiling beams throughout, it enjoys stunning views from the large open kitchen and landscaped gardens. Extensive farmland and barns also make it ideal for equestrians. Available through Andrew Grant for £2.2m

Dedham, Massachusetts

Dedham Private Estate

Peaceful seclusion and proximity to nature are hallmarks of this luxurious, exceedingly private estate. Surrounded by mature woodland and overlooking a charming private pond, the mansion itself is the epitome of classic American Shingle style, with bright, well-proportioned rooms exuding a casual formality. Though sufficiently suburban, Boston and Providence remain within easy reach of the property, to fulfil any entertainment or cultural needs. Available through Christie’s International Real Estate for $11.3m

Wychwood House, Oxshott

Wychwood House

Sleek, contemporary architecture and functionality combine at this beautifully-finished family home, part of Oxshott’s highly sought-after Crown Estate. Fitted with a fully integrated state-of-the-art Creston home automation system, the six-bedroom home offers excellent choice of leisure and recreation opportunities, boasting a games room, cinema, gym and swimming pool with sauna. Available through Knight Frank for £6,250,000

Frensham Manor, Surrey

Frensham Manor

Dating back to the 14th century (though refurbished to a high contemporary standard), Frensham Manor is an idyllic equestrian estate situated in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 180 acres of rolling countryside provide ample opportunities for riding and walking, while the house itself is perfectly suited to family life, with eight bedrooms and a beautiful vaulted dining room in the oldest part of the house. The area is well known for excellent schooling – many notable state and private schools lie nearby. Available through Savills, POA

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