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The best country homes, estates and farms are often very sought after. If you miss it, seldom will there be a second chance.

Many homes will be in a family for several generations or more. These properties will often be sold by private placement to such clients as Curzons’, without ever coming to the open market and long before they appear in Country Life.

In reality the sales details of many country properties will be misleading. If a property is next to a motorway you can be pretty certain that will not be mentioned by the selling agent. And what about that industrial estate at the end of the lane? That didn’t get mentioned either.

Guide prices are frequently used for country homes so even if you offer the asking price you may still find yourself out bid and without even knowing it. Expert negotiation will often save money and as importantly will secure for you the home you want, against stiff competition.

It takes a great deal of time and effort to find the right property. With our 3 country offices in Cobham (Surrey), Leamington Spa (Warwickshire) and Linwood (Hampshire) and our London (Knightsbridge) head office, we are particularly well placed to cover the ground for our clients.

Initial Discussion & Brief

As a first step we meet with you to work out your specific requirements and to put your brief together. This will cover a number of points including location, property type, budget, timeframe and other matters specific to your requirements.

Research

Working to your brief and liaising closely with you, we will extensively research the market using our extensive network of property contacts including estate agents, developers, private land owners and property professionals to source and then preview for you the best properties to meet your personal brief.

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Personal Property Tour

Having short-listed and previewed properties on your behalf and reviewed the same with you, we will then take you out on a personal accompanied property tour to view the selected properties.

Negotiation

Once a property has been selected we then negotiate the purchase for you on the best terms and price possible for you, the buyer.

Purchase Management

Locking the deal in quickly is best achieved by a swift exchange of contracts followed by completion. Working with your lawyers, your financial advisors and other professionals as appropriate, we hold the deal together and ensure that everything is in place thereby proactively driving your transaction  through to secure the purchase. As fully qualified property professionals we are experts in this very technical and critical transactional phase.

Property Concierge, Moving & Settling-in Service

Once you have bought your property we will help you move and settle-in. Working with you, we will help set-up all the utilities, including Council Tax. From our panel of professional moving companies we can help organise your move for you. We refurbish properties for clients and regularly work with architects, interior designers and builders who we are pleased to introduce. And when you move-in we will meet you, show you how everything works and our highly rated “Welcome Pack” will be there for you. We’ll help you find local gardeners, schools, nannies and leisure facilities – you’ll have our full support.

Our service includes a 30-day post-move telephone support help-line.

BEDFORDSHIRE - Bedfordshire is a commuter county of small towns and villages. The two main towns are Leighton Buzzard and Dunstable. But the area is changing and is one of the most rapidly growing areas in the country. Central Bedfordshire has good north to south road links including the M1 in the west and the A1 in the east. Other transport links include good regional and national rail lines and the nearby airport at Luton. KENT - Rich in British history, ancient and modern, from the Roman invasion of Julius Ceaser (54BC), to the Norman Conquest (1066), a political and religious centre in the Middle Ages (Cantabury Cathedral) and through to the Second World War - Battle of Britain (“Their Finest Hour”/The White Cliffs of Dover). Today from London , this lovely and popular commuter county is only 50-60 minutes from the capital by rail (Tunbridge Wells (Royal); Seven Oaks; Maidstone) and has an excellent road network (M21/M25). Kent is the modern gateway to Europe via Ashford International (Euro Star Channel Tunnel connection to London and  the continent) and the ports of Folkestone and Dover.  The countryside is beautiful and rich with arable farms, small pretty villages (Cranbrook, Penhurst), timber framed barns and Kent’s unique and charming Ost Houses. Country houses and estates, Ost Houses, farms coastal properties.  A rich variety of architecture. EAST SUSSEX - Less than 2 hours from London by road and with fast trains to Brighton, historically known for second homes. Parts of East Sussex today make it a main stream commuter location to London. This charming and picturesque county running north to south, is made up of small farms, woodlands and large villages.  The commutable north (East Grinstead) gives way to a more rural landscape as you reach the remote, charming and sleepy south (Rye).  The coastline around Beachy Head  is renowned for its beauty.  Brighton is a diversified and cultured city on the coast with its world famous Victorian Pavilion (400,000 visitors annually).  Other towns include Lewes, Eastbourne and Hastings. Strong on second homes and cottages, some fine country houses and small farms and estates. WEST SUSSEX - Within London’s commuter belt (train 30 minutes to Victoria), this diverse county runs from Gatwick Airport, Croydon and Crawley in the north through to the beautiful and unspoilt rolling South Downs (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).  Embracing the four well known and picturesque estates of Petworth, Leconfield, Cowdray (excellent polo) and Goodwood (horse racing/Festival of Speed/Earl of March – classic racing cars) as you get further south, the shingle coastline includes Chichester and Worthing. Fine country houses and properties in lush rolling countryside particular around the major landed estates and around the South Downs to the coast. SURREY - 'The Garden of England' with its lush and diverse countryside and sleepy country lanes has excellent road (M4/M3/M25) and rail (40 minute fast trains to Waterloo) access to the capital. Also easy access to nearby Heathrow. This outstanding commuter 'Stockbroker Belt'/ 'Green Belt' county is one of the most lovely and popular of London’s Home Counties.  Beautiful gardens and high quality homes are to be found throughout, including the exclusive houses and discreetly gated communities of the Wentworth (world class PGA country club and golf courses) and St George’s estates. Excellent British and international schools including Charterhouse, The Danish School and ACS are to found in and around Cobham, Weybridge and Esher. The richness of the deep Surrey Hills runs throughout the county across Guildford (cathedral) and Dorking and the many delightful villages peppered throughout such as Peaslake, Shere, Abinger Hammer, Haselmere, Goddlming and Farnham and to the charming and well-connected small ' Victorian' towns of Reigate and Redhill. Rectories, large country houses, substantial modern homes, farms and estates.

ESSEX - A diverse, historic and popular commuter “Home County” that often unfairly gets a bad press. Excellent transport to London by rail (fast trains 30 minutes to Fenchurch Street) and road (M11/M25). London’s “third airport” Stanstead. Rolling countryside (good horse country) with peppered villages running through good farm land, north, including Epping Forest and then heading  over to the coast and the ports of Tilbury and Harwich. Towns include Basildon, Southend-on-Sea, Chelmsford and Colchester. Some very good country houses (often historic), farms and estates. SUFFOLK - About 3 hours from London (A12/rail from Ipswich), this is a low-lying, sparsely populated, arable county with big skies and charming remote villages, runs west to east to the North Sea  coast. The wetlands of The Broads are in the north.  The Suffolk coast and Heaths are designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is a county with no cities.  Bury-St Edmunds and on the coast Lowestoft and Felixstowe are significant towns and ports.  Farms, county homes and some estates. NORFOLK - 3-4 hours from London (rail: Euston), this is a very picturesque, low-lying, arable and wetland county reaching up to the Wash. Norwich (international airport) is the principal city; Kings Lynn is in-land with many pretty villages (Diss) stretching out across in this ancient and flat English county.  The daily business of everyday life has changed little here over the centuries.  On the rich coast lineis the sailing hub of Great Yarmouth.  Some of England’s most beautiful beaches designated as National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty reach up across its long shore. Country houses, farms and estates. CAMBRIDGESHIRE - On hour by train from London (Kings Cross/Liverpool Street) and with an excellent road network (M11/M25), this lovely low lying county pivots geographically and culture on the beautiful and stunning collegiate city of Cambridge and that of arguably the country’s leading and oldest university.  An affluent county containing the UK’s “Silicom” hub, this is rich open farmland country, leading to the Fens in the North East.  Wisbach and Ely (with its fine cathedral) are to the north and Peterborough is a major centre.  Farmsteads, country houses and estates. LEICESTERSHIRE - An affluent, highly regarded and diversified county, extremely well located for the North and South of England, in the very heart of the country. Excellent rail and road networks; East Midlands International Airport.  A regional economic and business hub, set in rich and beautiful, rolling English country side.   Very good horse country. Pretty villages.  Strong local character and a rich farming community. Well known towns and centres include Leicester (rugby), Loughborough (UK’s leading sport development university), Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Hinkley, Market Harborough.  Country houses (historic up to contemporary), farms and estates. NORTHAMPTONSHIRE - A vast county with excellent commuter links to London (M1/M40; fast trains 30-45 minutes).  Rich farmland, rolling countryside and charming hamlets. Quintessentially traditionally English. Popular with second home owners. Country homes, estates and farms. HERTFORDSHIRE - Prime commuter belt (less than 30 minutes from London by fast trains). London Luton airport.  High calibre “Greenbelt” county (St Albans) with excellent infrastructure, schools and a rich housing mix. Lovely countryside with the beautiful gently rolling Chiltern Hills (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). New Towns (Welwyn Garden City, Stevenage). Some breath taking scenery across the county. Champneys Health Spa in Tring. Popular for golfing, fine eating with some lovely hotels.  Fine country houses and estates. BUCKINGHAMSHIRE - An exceptionally beautiful, hi-calibre county. “Prime London Stock Broker belt” with outstanding commuter links giving fast and easy access to the capital. M40/M25. Fast trains to Marylebone. Amersham (Underground Metropolitan Line).  Easy  reach of Heathrow airport without the flight path.  Beautiful villages and hamlets (including surrounding Milton Keynes) to the north.  The beautiful rolling Chiltern Hills ripple across the county.  Excellent schools (English and international - ACS Hillingdon). Historic villages and hamlets (Denham, Ivinghoe). Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Uxbridge, Gerrards Cross, Beaconsfield, The Chalfonts, Marlow.  Pinewood Film Studios (Iver). Fine hotels, restaurants and golf (Cliveden: Astor country house/Profumo Scandal); Luxury Stoke Poges Country Club (beautiful Palladium style), PGA golf courses and setting of James Bond’s “Goldfinger”). “Chequers” (Prime Minister’s country residence). Fine up-scale country houses and residences, estates and farms. OXFORDSHIRE - Arguably England’s most sought after country house location. A consistently very high standard of living runs throughout. A beautifully diverse and hugely popular and civilised county about 1 1/2 hours’ drive of London (M40) and 45 minutes by train to Paddington.  Rural and hugely cultured.  Where 'gown-meets-town' in historic and beautiful Oxford adding to a county of infinite charm and character. Where the richness of the countryside embraces both the stunning and serene Cotswolds and the lazy gentleness of the rolling Chiltern Hills. The names of the towns and villages resonate in the finest of all that is classic 'Englishness' – Oxford, Woodstock, Blenheim Palace (home to the Dukes of Marlborough; birthplace of Churchill who is buried in the adjacent village of Blagdon).  Fine horse and country pursuits county; stone walls and village antique shops.  Historic and charming pubs and hostelliers;  rivers, springs and gliding brooks.  A classic 'shire.'  Fine country houses, estates, sporting estates and farms. BERKSHIRE (ROYAL BERKSHIRE) - A very popular commuter 'Stock-broker belt' county with excellent fast trains and roads (M4) to London less than an hour away.  Easy for Heathrow airport. A very English county through which the River Thames plays a rich role running through Windsor (castle), Henley, Maidenhead and Reading.  Excellent horse country with many major stables, stud farms and gallops, with their beautiful and exclusive country houses and yards are to be found in the villages in and around the equine heartland of Ascot and Newbury. Excellent English and international schools include Eaton, TASIS and two ACS campuses.  The richness of the countryside runs across the Berkshire Downs (Lambourn) embracing Hungerford, Thatcham and Theale and the Market Towns of Pangbourne and Goring  and their surrounding charming historic villages. Fine country houses and estates.  Equine is big. Very high calibre yards, farms, estates. HAMPSHIRE - Real English countryside easily commutable from London (1-2 ½ hours road/train); Newquay airport. A very diverse and beautiful county running from urban Basingstoke in the north down through Winchester to the ancient New Forest (est.1079) and down to Solent (Southampton) and the Isle of White, England’s sailing HQ. Chewton Glen (luxury hotel & spa). Rich in country pursuits including the world famous  bubbling chalk-streams and brooks of the Rivers Test and Itchen.  Many village properties, substantial houses, country homes and estates. Substantial sailing and waterfront properties along the coast, including the exclusive 'Sandbanks.'

DORSET - 2 hours’ drive from London; Bournemouth Airport. This beautiful rural county with rolling hills is Thomas Hardy country. Reaching from Shaftesbury (wonderful cathedral) to the coastline that includes Poole and Bournemouth.  Pure country but less remote than the West Country.  Second homes, country houses and estates.

WARWICKSHIRE & WEST MIDLANDS - Just over 2 hours from London by  road; fast-trains.  Home to Shakespeare and the RSC in historic Stratford-upon-Avon.  Rich countryside in this diverse and lovely county.  A rich variety of architecture from Elizabethan (e.g. Anne Hathaway’s cottage) to fine Georgian and Regency period, reaching down and through in to the Cotswolds.  Charming villages. Substantial country homes and estates. WARWICKSHIRE & WEST MIDLANDS - Just over 2 hours from London by  road; fast-trains.  Home to Shakespeare and the RSC in historic Stratford-upon-Avon.  Rich countryside in this diverse and lovely county.  A rich variety of architecture from Elizabethan (e.g. Anne Hathaway’s cottage) to fine Georgian and Regency period, reaching down and through in to the Cotswolds.  Charming villages. Substantial country homes and estates.

HEREFORDSHIRE - This beautiful rural and wild Welsh Border county is about 3 hours from London.  The centre is the lightly populated Hereford (small cathedral town).  Deep valleys, woodlands and moors with the striking Black Mountains. A rugged county (HQ of the SAS). Good shooting, fishing, riding and hiking/climbing/kayaking country. Substantial country houses and estates; it offers good value for money. GLOUCESTERSHIRE - A large rural county 2-3 hours’ drive/train from London.  Comprises the rolling countryside and delightful villages of the Cotswolds. The beautiful Regency spa town of Cheltenham with its world renowned racecourse (the Cheltenham Race Festival: Gold Cup – home of National Hunt) and arts festival.  Includes the heartland of Cirencester (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty); Stow-on-the-Wold with its 17thcentury charm, boutique hotels and sprinkled with antiques shops.  Rich in traditional English schools.  Country home of the Prince of Wales.  Popular for country pursuits.  Big horse country. Many fine weekend homes, country homes, farms and estates.

WILTSHIRE - Within easy reach of London by road (M4) and rail, comfortably less than 2 hours (fast trains from Paddington). A large wooded and varied county.  Very popular for horses and country pursuits.  Major Army/RAF presence/training areas. North Wiltshire has open countryside (downlands) peppered with red-brick towns and villages (Swindon largest centre).  The South, with its long rolling countryside is very beautiful includes Salisbury Plain (Stone Hedge) and gently rolls down through gliding chalk-stream country to Salisbury (magnificent 11th century cathedral);  tallest church spa in England; houses the Magna Carta).  Country homes, estates and farms. WILTSHIRE - Within easy reach of London by road (M4) and rail, comfortably less than 2 hours (fast trains from Paddington). A large wooded and varied county.  Very popular for horses and country pursuits.  Major Army/RAF presence/training areas. North Wiltshire has open countryside (downlands) peppered with red-brick towns and villages (Swindon largest centre).  The South, with its long rolling countryside is very beautiful includes Salisbury Plain (Stone Hedge) and gently rolls down through gliding chalk-stream country to Salisbury (magnificent 11th century cathedral);  tallest church spa in England; houses the Magna Carta).  Country homes, estates and farms.

AVON & SOMERSET - 2 ½ hours’ drive from London; Bristol Airport. A lovely, very varied county.  The beautiful and historic regency Georgian Spa town of Bath in north on the edge of the Cotswolds; rolling countryside to south includes picture-postcard villages (Castle Cary).  West includes the open wilderness of Exmoor and rolls down to the Bristol Channel. Rich in country pursuits. Popular for second homes and rural retreats. Fine country houses and estates. AVON & SOMERSET - 2 ½ hours’ drive from London; Bristol Airport. A lovely, very varied county.  The beautiful and historic regency Georgian Spa town of Bath in north on the edge of the Cotswolds; rolling countryside to south includes picture-postcard villages (Castle Cary).  West includes the open wilderness of Exmoor and rolls down to the Bristol Channel. Rich in country pursuits. Popular for second homes and rural retreats. Fine country houses and estates.

DEVON - 4+ hours’ drive from London; 2 ¼ by train (Tiverton). Best summer climate in England. One of the most rural and largest counties.  Rolling hills, large open spaces (Exmoor & Dartmoor), small villages and hamlets.  High bird country. Beautiful  beaches and coastlines, great sailing & surfing.  Rivers Dart & Tamar, brooks, estuaries. Salcombe, Plymouth. Artist haven. Holiday and second homes.  Fine and often historic country houses, farms and estates. CORNWALL - 5+ hours’ drive from London, remote and beautiful. An ancient and unique county; seat of King Arthur (Tintagial). Narrow country lanes, steep banks, rolling hills and a potted pirate-cove coastline, old taverns and small fishing villages. Wonderful for sailing and surfing.  Best summer climate in England. Bodmin Moor. John Betjamin country.  Bude, Polzeth, St Agnes, St Ives, Padstow and Rock.  Holiday and second homes. Fine country houses and estates, often very historic covering the age of  Drake and notable Elizabethan and Jacobean architecture, through to the regency period of Admiral Lord Nelson and in to the age of  large Victorian houses and lavish English gardens.