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September 20, 2011

Garfields strikes a chord with potential buyers

Filed under: Latest News — Four Communications @ 3:01 pm

A house with a musical history built by blues musician Rod Garfield, has come onto the market with Jackson-Stops & Staff, Newbury.

Garfield, once described as “the best white blues harmonica player in the world” by BBC Radio One Blues presenter Alexia Korner, lived in the property until 1991, and created a studio where he recorded some of his work. Rock stars such as Rod Stewart also used the studio.

The property is an unusual design consisting of one multi-level house with a single level cottage attached. The cottage could be self-contained, or it could be part of the spacious family home. Garfields is designed in a courtyard style around a swimming pool at the rear of the house. Accommodation in the main house includes four bedrooms, with two bedrooms in the attached cottage. Planning consent has been granted for a further bedroom in the cottage over the double garage, creating a very spacious family home or a good-sized letting cottage.

The property sits in an elevated position on the edge of Vernham Dean village in the Bourne Valley, surrounded by the North Wessex Downs. This area offers access to footpaths and bridleways and is close to Newbury and Andover. The A34, M3 and M4 are all close by for routes to London.

Garfields is on the market for £875,000 with the Newbury and Winchester offices of Jackson-Stops & Staff.

September 16, 2011

Turn period fantasy into twenty-first century reality with a slice of a grand country house

Filed under: Latest News — Four Communications @ 3:28 pm

With the second series of hit period drama Downton Abbey now under way, viewers will, no doubt, indulge in dreams of owning their own grand country house.

England’s stately homes have dominated the landscape and way of life in the countryside for many centuries.  However social and economic changes at the beginning of the 20th century threatened the survival of the very fabric of these great buildings.  As great ancestral homes fell into disrepair many were quite simply demolished, an estimated 1,200 great country houses were lost between 1900 and 1975.  A handful were rescued by the National Trust, others found new owners or a variety of new uses as hotels, conference centres corporate headquarters or divided into apartments.  By the last quarter of the 20th century the pendulum had swung firmly towards the protection, legislation and the work of such organisations as SAVE (Save Britain’s Heritage) arrested the loss of the country’s built heritage.

For those whose budgets do not stretch to the entire country house, there are opportunities to buy a slice of a grand country house. Recently renovated apartments offer the comfort and convenience of modern living, without the worry or costs associated with the maintenance of a complete country estate. Perhaps most importantly, they allow their owners to indulge in the country house lifestyle – from shared access to grand ballrooms and halls, to the ability to enjoy manicured gardens and grounds.

Jackson-Stops & Staff, York, is offering 1 Eshton Hall, a two storey apartment formerly one of the principal reception rooms of a Grade II* listed country house overlooking the Yorkshire Dales National Park. A house has stood on the site for many centuries and for the most part has remained in one family since the mid 1600s.

The current Hall was completed in 1826 for the Deputy Lieutenant of the West Riding.  One of Europe’s leading private book collections was established at the house and Charlotte Bronte was a frequent visitor.

The two bedroom apartment, on the market for £565,000, occupies the ground and first floors of the south east corner of the Hall. Accessed by an impressive oak staircase, the open plan living/dining room is dominated by large picture windows, an original marble fireplace and fine plaster moulded ceiling.

Jackson-Stops & Staff have a range of homes in grand country houses for sale.  A two bedroom apartment in the Grade II* Listed ‘calendar’ house, Holme Eden Hall, is currently offered at £249,000. A mezzanine apartment in Whitlingham Hall, offering shared access to a grand conservatory, is on the market at £385,000, and the wing of a Tudor Mansion set in 65 acres of formal gardens and grounds, currently for sale at £945,000.


September 12, 2011

Homes close to good schools

Filed under: Latest News — Four Communications @ 2:12 pm

With the release of school league tables and the Autumn term under way, parents across the country are once again reminded of the importance of living near a good school.  With increasing numbers of parents planning years in advance, competition for school places is more spirited than ever, along with interest in family homes located near some of the country’s top schools. As a county with a strong selection of both private and state schools, Dorset is no exception.

“These days people will move to be near the good Dorset village schools in places like Cerne Abbas and Buckland Newton,” says Julian Bunkall of Jackson-Stops & Staff Dorchester.  “There is also quite a scramble to move into the catchment area of Thomas Hardye secondary school in Dorchester, which has a good academic record.”

Jackson-Stops & Staff Dorchester, have a number of properties for sale, ideal for young families with one eye on education. Hooke Farm, an attractive late 19th century former farmhouse, and Glebe House, a period country house, are both within easy reach of prize public schools in Sherborne, Shaftesbury and Milton Abbbey, as well as state schools in Beaminster (St Mary’s and Beaminster School) and Bridport (Sir John Colfox School).