Move to the country
Recent research by the Office for National Statistics has found that most people are attracted to living in the countryside by a slower, more peaceful pace of life and strong community spirit. We have selected a number of Jackson-Stops & Staff homes in rural locations conducive to a calm and carefree country lifestyle. The Common Cottage is situated in the unspoilt village of Grafton, nine miles from the town of Burford in the Cotswolds. Approached by a long shared drive, the cottage enjoys sweeping views of the surrounding countryside and sits in a lovely garden. On the ground floor there is a large sitting room/dining room, with bay window and cast iron fireplace, which opens onto the vaulted kitchen. From the hallway there is access to a second sitting room with bay window and window seat and door through to the study, which opens onto the garden. Upstairs there are four double bedrooms and a family bathroom. The property is on the market for 675,000 with our Burford office (tel.: 01993 822661). For more information click here.

The Beeches is tucked away in the village of Oakhill to the Eastern end of the Mendip Hills in Somerset, south of Bath and Bristol and near the Cathedral City of Wells. The village boasts a popular gastro pub and primary school and further amenities can be found at Shepton Mallett, three miles away. The reception rooms are light and spacious; of particular note is the central dining room with stone fireplace, high ceilings, original cornicing and superb views over the gardens. The seven bedrooms are spread over the first and second floors. In addition, there is an annexe and two bedroom self-contained flat. The gardens are of particular note, with a bespoke wooden Wendy house and three summer houses arranged throughout the lawns and winding paths. The property is on the market for 989,000 with our Sherborne office (01935 810141). For more information click here.

Marsbrook is situated in the hamlet of Ownham, five miles to the north west of Newbury in Berkshire. This charming property offers spacious and modern living while retaining traditional period features such as exposed timbers, sash windows and an inglenook fireplace. There are four bedrooms, including a master suite with dressing room and en-suite bathroom. The south facing garden is y laid out with a mixture of mature trees, lawns, herbaceous borders, kitchen garden and small orchard. The property also includes a garage block which is made up of an office and large areas of storage. The property is on the market for 765,000 with our Newbury office (Tel.: 01635 45501). For more information click here.

The Barn is situated in the hamlet of Fishers Pond, on the edge of Colden Common, which lies to the south of the cathedral city of Winchester, Hampshire. The timber framed barn retains many period features and the majority of rooms overlook the west facing gardens. The drawing and dining room is of particular note with its fully vaulted ceiling, exposed timbers, inglenook style fireplace with wood burning stove and French doors leading out to the terrace and swimming pool. Winchester station and Southampton airport are both just six miles away. The property is on the market for 949,999 with our Winchester office (tel.: 01962 844299). For more information please click here.