This year, we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day a little differently; no gifts of jewels or beautiful bouquets. Instead, we’re celebrating the county’s most romantic homes, with a flawless flock of English-country beauties that are on the market right now. These delights, which are of special architectural interest, will have you swooning at the knees, ready to start a life-long love affair in the blink of a multi-million-pound bank transfer.
PALLADIAN COUNTRY ESTATE IN 530 ACRES, HENBURY, NR MACCLESFIELD, POA
The Henbury Hall Estate is among the most beautiful estates in England and one of the largest to boot, sitting in approximately 530 acres. The exquisitely beautiful Palladian domed house, which stands in an elevated position within the estate, is one of the most important country houses built in the 20th century in England, and enjoys fabulous views in every direction over the estate. It is an impressive estate of the grandest proportions, with a rich collection of accommodation – in addition to the main house there is a second Grade II-listed house and five further houses and cottages. Acres upon acres of private gardens, woodlands, parkland and lakes stretch out from the main house accommodating a wonderful glazed pool house, tennis court, stable block and your very own polo field!
A HANDSOME VILLAGE MANOR HOUSE, VISITED BY WILLIAM OF ORANGE, HESWALL, WIRRAL, £4.25M
Our only country manor house that is in walking distance of a village, offering an extremely convenient yet secluded setting. Once visited by William of Orange, Gayton Hall is a handsome Grade II-listed home which dates back to around the 1660s. While convenient to Heswall Conservation Village, the property is set within a 5.7 acre plot of mature grounds, gardens and meadowland, towards the end of an attractive cobbled lane. This five-bedroom home has been sensitively restored, retaining period features and character throughout, while providing luxurious modern day family living. Within the extensive grounds is an oak framed garden room – an excellent entertaining space. A wildflower meadow, timber stable block with loose boxes and store provide for those with equestrian interests. A two-storey timber clad triple car garage offers additional space along with brick and slate outbuildings and an oak-framed lean-to.
MANOR HOUSE WITH LEISURE SUITE AND EQUESTRIAN FACILITIES, ANTROBUS, NR NORTHWICH, POA
An exceptional estate with an elegant five-bedroom Grade II-listed country house with its own party suite, office suite, plus extensive secondary accommodation of varying styles and sizes, and collection of various outbuildings. Nestled in about 68 acres of gardens, park, woodland and farmland, this beautiful estate also offers wonderful equestrian facilities with menage and stable block. Other sporting types will enjoy the leisure suite with gymnasium, swimming pool (with bar and relaxation area) tennis courts, snooker room and vaulted wine cellar.
ELIZABETHAN COUNTRY ESTATE, BRERETON, NR HOLMES CHAPEL, £4.95M
A magnificent country estate, with a spacious 12-bedroom Grade I-listed Elizabethan country house, set over four floors with galleried landings. This elegant home, which is over 500-years-old, retains endless period features and architectural gems, including a stunning feature staircase, while offering luxurious and tasteful modern additions. One of the largest properties on the market in Cheshire, it has more bathrooms than days of the week, dressings rooms, four splendid reception rooms, a billiards room, large glass conservatory overlooking the gardens, studio and an extensive suite of well appointed offices. Outside, perfect lawns, gardens and pasturelands surround this unique 24-acre gem, with another 92 acres available by separate negotiation.
CHARMING COUNTRY ESTATE WITH NORTH WING, GOOSTREY, NR ALDERLEY EDGE, £3.75M
Blackden Manor is a jewel in the Cheshire countryside. Approached by a tree-lined driveway and set in 28.5 acres of exquisite landscaped gardens and grounds, this Grade II-listed home is made up of four wings set around a central courtyard. Stuffed with original period features, including a stunning stained glass window, oak panelling, exposed beams and open fires. It comes with a self-contained north wing which could house a live in nanny, housekeeper (or maybe a surly teenager if you’re unlucky). If you need room for all of the above then there’s a separate three-bedroom cottage and plenty of outbuildings ripe for conversion including a large traditional Grade II-listed two-storey barn. This eight-bedroom beauty has plenty of space for entertaining with countless reception rooms, tennis court, glistening outdoor swimming pool and extensive wine cellar. It also comes with a small lake and paddock land.
FINE COUNTRY HOUSE NEAR PUBS, SUTTON, NR MACCLESFIELD, £2.175M
CHARACTER RESIDENCE, COTEBROOK, NR TARPORLEY, POA
Cotebrook House is an impressive seven-bedroom detached character residence set in grounds of just over 14 acres. A rare delight in terms of proportions, character and outlook, with aspects over mature grounds and gardens. In addition to the extensive accommodation within the house, which includes a stunning garden room, is a charming two-storey detached cottage, outdoor swimming pool, paddocks, stables, garage and plenty of outbuildings.