Rectory renaissance
Formal reception rooms, lofty proportions and a central village location are all points to be found on a rural buyers checklist. There is one property that is guaranteed to meet all of these criteria: the village rectory. Rarely occupied nowadays by a religious incumbent, these homes provide spacious family accommodation or, for those with a shrewd business sense, an opportunity to cash in on the plentiful space. We have a collection of exquisite old rectories on the market with Jackson-Stops & Staff, which demonstrate the architectural advantage of this type of property.

The Old Rectory in Campsea Ashe, Suffolk, is run as a successful boutique bed and breakfast business. The property boasts nine bedrooms in addition to an auxiliary cottage and coach house. The 18th-century home benefits from find another phrase as you use this in the first lineand fine reception rooms, including a 32 foot orangery. The gardens extend to about two and a half acres and include a tennis court and kitchen garden. Wickham Market is two and a half miles to the west of The Old Rectory and the popular riverside town of Woodbridge is eight miles to the south, with both offering a good selection of commercial and schooling facilities. The property is on the market for 1,750,000 with Jackson-Stops & Staff, Ipswich. Please click here for further information.

In Somerset, this former rectory three miles from Castle Cary benefits form a peaceful position with views over the surrounding open countryside. Of particular note is the central dining hall with wooden floorboards and a striking marble fireplace. Elsewhere, the period features continue, with double hung sash windows, original cornicing and flagstone floors in abundance. The garden includes a large lawned area, paved terrace and a tree house. Trains to London Paddington are available from nearby Castle Cary and the towns of Sherborne, Wells and Yeovil are all within nine miles. The property is on the market for 1,750,000 with Jackson-Stops & Staff, Sherborne. Please click here for further information.

13 miles west of Norwich, The Old Rectory, Hardingham, is situated at the end of a long drive within its own substantial grounds. The main house comprises a mixture of Georgian and Victorian architecture and a separate three-bedroom cottage provides auxiliary accommodation suitable for staff or as a rental opportunity. The six acres of grounds include a tennis court, wooded area and pond. Hingham, two miles away, offers both shopping facilities and a primary school. The property is on the market for 1,850,000 with Jackson-Stops & Staff, Norwich. Please click here for further information.

Dating back to 1820, The Old Rectory, Coddington, occupies a secluded rural location, which is nonetheless just 10 miles south of the county town of Chester. The property includes a veranda, which stretches along the east front and offers the perfect spot to enjoy views of the garden. In addition to the six-bedroom main house, there is a separate coach house with planning permission for conversion into a two-bedroom cottage. Coddington is just one mile from the A41, the main arterial road running south from Chester. The property is on the market for 1,100,000 with Jackson-Stops & Staff, Chester. Please click here for further information.