The start of a new year brings with it both the ‘January blues’ as well as the motivation to start a fresh chapter in your life and, for many of us, this immediately conjures up images of escaping to somewhere a little more peaceful.
If getting out of the rat race and embracing the country life is something you’ve often thought about we’ve picked out seven properties that will hopefully inspire you to begin that search for your next dream home.
This beautiful period cottage sits in Dunsfold near Guildford and it’s enchanting throughout – from the moment you set eyes on the welcoming wooden gate and Tudor-style exterior to your first glimpse at what awaits inside.
The surrounding areas are calm and rural while the home itself is a three-bedroom property perfectly suited to a growing family. But it’s the charming rustic kitchen that really sells this place and sets it apart from the rest.
You only have to catch a quick glimpse of the exterior of this lovely property from across the pond and the trees surrounding it to fall more than a little bit in love with the place, and things only get better once you head inside.
This Alford property features five bedrooms and two bathrooms but it’s the way it’s has been lovingly decorated with all the rustic countryside charm you’d expect that really sets it on a different standard.
An eye-catching property built in the traditional Surrey-style, this home is believed to date way back to the 16th Century and boasts characterful timber wood features throughout.
It also features an impressive eleven bedrooms in total, a games room and gym along with a drawing room, swimming pool and a tennis court. If this place doesn’t scream ‘countryside retreat’, we don’t know what does.
Over in Bramley is this six-bedroom period property that lies within private and peaceful grounds – which were renovated by a Chelsea medal winning gardener.
Along with a courtyard of barns – which provide guest accommodation – there are also a number of luxury additions across the grounds ranging from a swimming pool to a fully kitted out gymnasium.
High Gale House
This gorgeous cottage up in Cumbria sits on an aspect with direct access and views over the Northern Fells and enjoys vistas that really do need to be seen to be believed.
The property’s based in a small hamlet to the north of Keswick and dates back to the fifties, with split-level accommodation and tasteful, open decor throughout.
If rustic and natural is what you’re looking for in your countryside escape then you can’t go far wrong with this four-bedroom house over in Wolsingham.
The converted farmhouse sits within four acres of land, including gardens and livestock paddocks and has become a peaceful haven situated within stunning natural landscapes.
Over in Milford sits this four-bedroom village home practically filled with period features throughout its walls.
Not only that but it even has access to a large – and hidden – private garden that all the family can enjoy.