Houses for sale with libraries
From an 18th-century hall in Nottingham with a castellated tower, to a Tuscan villa on the Fiesole hillside overlooking Florence, eight of the best houses for sale with libraries.
Parlava, Girona, Costa Brava, Spain. This large village house is built from local stone and has far-reaching views across the surrounding countryside towards the sea beyond. It has an antique wooden front door, an old stone bread oven, and a grand, vaulted hall with a wooden mezzanine level that is used as a library. 12 beds, 8 baths, 2 receps, kitchen, billiards room, dining terrace, swimming pool, vegetable garden, 1.07 acres. €3.8m Cluttons 020-7408 1010.
The Dower House, Sandway, Maidstone, Kent. A 1950s country house with a 2-bed Georgian cottage and outbuildings set in gardens that include a lake with an island. It retains its original carved limewood fireplaces and 18th-century mahogany doors, and has a library that includes a concealed door hidden behind shelves of antique books. 4 beds, 3 baths, 2 receps, conservatory, walled garden, woodland, 13.24 acres. £1.65m Savills 01580-720161.
Villa la Meta, Fiesole, Florence, Tuscany, Italy. This grand villa was built in 1908 and is set on a hillside overlooking Florence. It has a library with carved wooden bookshelves, a large entrance hall with a carved stone staircase, ornate decorative ceilings, and period fireplaces. 12 beds, 15 baths, 4 receps, small annexe, orangery, three-storey farmhouse, gardens, parkland, 2.47 acres. €10m Knight Frank 020-7629 8171.
The Old Manor House, Marazion, Cornwall. A Grade II-listed, waterside property built in 1775 with far-reaching views of the coastline and St Michael's Mount. The house retains its original Victorian tiled floors, open fireplaces and wood panelling, and it has a library with a marble fireplace and bespoke, fitted bookcases. 7 beds, 6 baths, breakfast kitchen, 2 receps, games room, indoor pool, conservatory, enclosed courtyard, gardens. £2.5m Strutt & Parker 01392-215631.
Little St Michaels, West Heath, Surrey. An 1880s former school built in a Gothic style and surrounded by National Trust land. A minstrels' gallery serves as a library with full-height bookshelves, accessed by a wrought-iron spiral staircase. 5 beds, 3 baths, dining room, living room, indoor pool complex, 1 acre. £2.295m Jackson-Stops 01883-712375.
A villa in Lisbon, Portugal. A palatial 1950s property designed by architect Fernando Silva. It comprises two villas linked by a colonnade and has a stone staircase and a library with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. 12 beds, 15 baths, receps, gardens, 1.07 acres. €13m Fine & Country +351 214 643 636.
Hay Carr, Bay Horse, Lancashire. A renovated, 1750s house set in 54.09 acres of grounds close to the Forest of Bowland. It has a modern extension accessed through a glazed walkway that leads to a library and a palm house. 5 beds, 5 baths, 2 receps, orangery, two 1-bed flats, 2-bed lodge, 2-bed cottage, summer house, tennis court, kitchen garden, formal gardens, paddocks, woodland. £3.95m Strutt & Parker 01423-561274.
Bunny Hall, Nottingham. A Grade I-listed, 18th-century hall with a castellated tower and a library with bespoke cabinetry that overlooks the gardens. It has period fireplaces, shuttered windows, and comes with two flats and an indoor leisure complex. 7 beds, 6 baths, 4 receps, orangery, 14.5 acres. £3.75m Savills 0115-934 8020.