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The Best Properties With Libraries

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There’s nothing better than snuggling up with a good book in a cosy setting, preferably one with a roaring fire. Where you read is as important as what you read. So we’ve gathered together incredible properties which come with gorgeous rooms dedicated to reading. From grand mansions to sleek city pads, these are the best properties with libraries. 

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The Best Properties With Libraries

1. Shutford, Banbury, Oxfordshire

Shutford, Banbury, Oxfordshire library

This property is perfect for both horse riders and book lovers. Set over 65 acres of paddocks and woodland, there’s first class equestrian facilities – so you can spend your days galloping around gorgeous Oxfordshire countryside. Or head inside this wisteria-clad home to snuggle up in the grand library in front of a roaring fire with a cup of tea and a classic novel. It’ll be hard to leave this one. Available through Knight Frank for £4,750,000

2. Earlshall Castle, St Andrews, Fife

Earlshall Castle, St Andrews, Fife library

Originally built by Sir William Bruce, the first Baronet of Kinross, and beautifully restored by Scottish architect Sir Robert Lorimer, this 16th century castle has hosted royal figures from Mary, Queen of Scots to King James I. It houses a world-famous walled garden and numerous spectacular reception rooms, all of them with unique and storied period features. Chief among them is the magnificent, 50ft painted ceiling in the Long Gallery, along which are walls lined with bookshelves. Reading here, amongst the wealth of history, would be truly spectacular. Available through Savills, POA

3. Bristol Road, Congresbury, Bristol

Bristol Road, Congresbury, Bristol property with library

Perched amongst greenery in a village outside Bristol is this pretty green cottage. This property boasts plenty of character with colourful interiors and extensive grounds, making it the perfect quiet retreat. And what’s better way to retreat than to escape into the world of a good book: this property has you covered. There’s a gorgeous green library room lined with bookshelves between large windows with picturesque views. Available through Savills for £1,150,000

4. Mossknowe House, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland

Mossknowe House, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland library

Nestled within 42 acres of stunning grounds sits this grand Georgian mansion. There’s sweeping views of the Lake District throughout and a wealth of original features – think egg and dart cornicing, wood panelling, sash windows and marble surround fireplaces. The library is a prime example, boasting ceiling cornices and huge windows, from which you can gaze at stunning garden and woodland views. Available through Finest Properties, £2,000,000

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5. St. Ann’s Hill Road, Chertsey, Surrey

St. Ann's Hill Road, Chertsey, Surrey library

This unique property is a masterpiece in contemporary design and would be a match made in heaven for music lovers. Set amongst pretty gardens, there’s plenty of space to get inspired. Inside, the property is flooded with natural light thanks to the extensive floor-to-ceiling windows and there’s a huge recording studio with ample space for a plethora of instruments. And when you need a break from making music, head up to the library room and tuck up with a novel or two. Available through Sotheby’s Realty for £5,950,000

6. Cambridge Gate, St John’s Wood, London

Cambridge Gate, St John's Wood, London library

This five-bed lateral apartment sits on a quiet street overlooking Regent’s Park. Boasting grand proportions and gorgeous interiors, this property possesses its own gym, sauna study and private courtyard – as well as a cosy library area. Available through Knight Frank for £10,750,000

7. South Ridge, St George’s Hill, Weybridge, Surrey

South Ridge, St George's Hill, Weybridge, Surrey library

Tucked away in the affluent Surrey neighbourhood of St Georges Hill, this six-bedroom home is ideal for entertaining friends and family, or hiding away. There’s an al fresco leisure area complete with BBQ, pool and outdoor bar. If you venture further into the grounds you’ll find over two acres of landscaped gardens, tennis courts and even a golf course. While inside, there’s plenty of spots to burrow yourself away, particularly the grand study with mahogany bookshelves. Available through Savills for £7,950,000

8. One Bishopsgate Plaza, City of London

One Bishopsgate Plaza, London library

Choose from one of these 160 luxury properties which each boast sleek design and stunning views, positioned in a 43-storey landmark tower. You’ll have the luxury of a la carte services and private amenities, as well as access to the stunning double height library with contemporary interiors and a stone fireplace. Prices start at £1,000,000 through One Bishopsgate Plaza

9. Bolingbroke Grove, Wandsworth Common London

Bolingbroke Grove, Wandsworth Common, London property with library

Located in the ideal location of Wandsworth Common, this property would make the perfect family home. There’s more than enough space, with two kitchens and four sizeable bedrooms. The basement, meanwhile, boasts a family room, study and a dramatic wood panelled media room and library – meaning you can sneak away for some privacy with a book or gather together to watch your favourite book-inspired-film. Available through Savills for £2,875,000

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