This week, we bring you eight of the best Grade I-listed properties on the market today – from an Elizabethan manor set in 113 acres of parkland in Cheshire to a 13th-century castle in Dalston, Cumbria.
Rose Castle, Dalston, Cumbria. This 13th-century, Grade I-listed castle has a Gothic-style dining room and hand-painted Chinese wallpaper in the drawing room. 16 beds, 6 baths, 8 receps, 2 cottages, farmhouse, farm buildings, fishing on the river Caldew. Available in three lots. 193 acres. £2.95m+ Knight Frank 0131-222 9600.
Playfair Court, Cullen House, Cullen, Banffshire. An 18th-century, Grade A-listed, semi-detached house. The house retains its original cast-iron fireplace. 4 beds, 2 baths, 2 receps, dining kitchen, study, garage, garden. £295,000+ Strutt & Parker 01330-826800.
Joiners Hall, St Ann Street, Salisbury. A Grade I-listed Jacobean townhouse acquired by the National Trust in 1898 and now available for sale on a long leasehold basis. It has period fireplaces and a garden room with a slate floor. 4 beds, 2 baths, 2 receps, study, dining hall, breakfast kitchen, 200ft walled garden, parking. £975,000 Myddelton & Major 01722-337575.
Brunswick Square, Brighton & Hove, East Sussex. A renovated, Grade I-listed house with sea views. It has ornate fireplaces, polished wood floors and a balcony. 6 beds, 5 baths, 2 receps, breakfast kitchen, store. £2.5m Mishon Mackay 01273-821800.
Brereton House, Brereton, Cheshire. A refurbished, Grade I-listed Elizabethan manor set in 113 acres of parkland. Elizabethan features include fireplaces bearing the crest of Elizabeth I, carved stonework and wood panelling. 12 beds, 9 baths, 4 main receps, 3 sitting rooms, conservatory, north wing with offices, work rooms, outbuildings, planning permission for stable block, gardens, 117 acres. £6.5m Jackson-Stops & Staff 01625-540340.
West Hall, Longburton, Sherborne, Dorest. A Grade I-listed Elizabethan manor in a secluded setting. It has stone mullion leaded-light windows, open fireplaces and flagstone floors. 7 beds, 6 baths, 4 receps, great hall, 5 attic rooms, 3 cottages, 2 flats, heated outdoor pool, tennis court, walled gardens, pasture, woodland, 21.6 acres. £3.95m Strutt & Parker 01935-812236.
The Old Rectory, Gawsworth, Cheshire. A Grade I-listed former rectory overlooking a lake. It has a great hall and a range of period fireplaces. 7 beds, 4 baths, 2 dressing rooms, 6 receps, study, farmhouse kitchen, secondary kitchen, 2-bed guest wing, outbuilding, gardens, grazing land, 10 acres. £3.5m Savills 01625-417450.
The Chantry, Combe Raleigh, Honiton, Devon. A Grade I-listed house dating from the 1500s. It has beamed ceilings and ornate fireplaces. 5 beds, 3 baths, 2 receps, study, breakfast kitchen with an Aga, thatched summer house, timber office and glass house, gardens, 0.9 acres. £800,000 Humberts 01404-42456.
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