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the exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate in Ireland. “Also desired is a mature setting so it’s very private, ideally near water so there is direct access with a boat or the potential for fishing, and within 90 minutes of an airport. I have buyers from New York, Singapore, and Australia who live a busy life and are attracted by the peacefulness of Ireland.” Country estates are ideal entertaining spaces, with spacious reception rooms and often with outbuildings that can be renovated to create extra guest accommodation. Caryn Hibbert purchased 17th-century Southrop Manor in England’s Cotswolds countryside and, later, the derelict farmhouse and medieval barns adjacent to it to create Thyme. A “village within a village,” Thyme combines a celebrated cookery school with a boutique hotel, as well as cottages around the 150-acre (61 ha) property that have been transformed into chic accommodation. There is a spa, too, and even a pub. “My ambition was to breathe new life into these magnificent buildings and reconnect them with the land in respect of their agricultural heritage,” says Hibbert. While most country estates that come on to the market are historic properties, this is changing as today’s architects design modern estates
point that are within an hour of London. “We regularly hear from families who don’t yet own a home in the U.K. but are keen to have a base in London and in the countryside,” says Charlotte Delaney, Director at Christie’s International Real Estate in London. THE STORY OF ENGLAND Hackwood Park certainly falls into this latter category. Fifty-two miles (84 km) from London in Hampshire, the estate, which is being sold through Christie’s International Real Estate, dates back to the 17th century, its glorious Grade II* listed mansion sitting in 260 acres (105 ha) with majestic views. A Grade II listed stable block, four estate cottages, a deer park, parkland, and pasture complete the picture. “Graced with Palladian symmetry, this historic estate tells the story of England, through its incarnation from royal deer park, to hunting lodge, to aristocratic residence,” says Delaney. In Ireland, another popular location for buyers, it is estates with Georgian homes that are highly sought after. “They are such charming houses—full of light with beautiful features such as sash windows, coving, and a stairwell,” says Roseanne de Vere Hunt from Sherry FitzGerald,
Preserve and protect: Thyme, a “village within a village” at Southrop Manor in the Cotswolds, England includes The Old Lodge (above left) , and the Ox Barn Restaurant, a 19th- century former oxen house (above and below right) .
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