As a property investor, you probably love trawling through property listings looking for your next buy-to-let as well as getting inspiration from the thousands of stunning interior and exterior designs the property marketplaces showcase. So, when one of the UK’s leading property portals Rightmove unveiled its most viewed homes for May featuring an 18th-century house in Scotland, a £7 million Clifftop home in Devon and a unique restoration project on Shetland, we thought, like us, you’d be interested to take a peek inside.
18th-century U-shaped house with outbuildings – £1,500,000
First on the list is an 18th-century house set in the tranquil woodland of Auldearn, Nairn, Scotland, being marketed by Strutt & Parker, Inverness for a guide price of £1,500,000. Kinsteary House, originally thought to have been built in 1701, is a delightful “B” listed country residence offering over 8,000 sq. ft of accommodation. The property, built in a U-shape, boasts 5 reception rooms, 8 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms and is surrounded by pristine formal gardens, lawn and woodland spanning approximately 19 acres. Additional accommodation is provided in the form of the Gardener’s Cottage and Kinsteary Barn, each with separate living areas, kitchens and bathrooms. This gem of a property is located near the historic village of Auldearn and offers a sense of remote tranquillity while still being within close proximity to local amenities, schooling and the airport.
6-bedroom property with superb leisure complex Bothwell, Glasgow £1,750,000
Incredible towering windows flood light onto this modern home in Glasgow while swathes of marble and a sweeping curved staircase in the entrance hall, lead onto the bright, glossy interior.
Elmwood House, situated on Blantyre Road in Bothwell, Glasgow, is a grand modern property completed in 2004, set behind a secure stone wall and encompassing 9,853 sq. ft of living space. Within its red brick-clad steel frame, it offers six bedrooms all featuring en-suite facilities, four generous reception rooms and a striking vaulted hallway leading into a Smallbone kitchen equipped with integrated appliances and a breakfast bar. The upper levels host four spacious bedrooms on the first floor, while the second floor houses a magnificent principal suite with a jacuzzi bath, wraparound storage and a guest room. A special highlight of this property is its comprehensive leisure complex, including a well-equipped home gym and a swimming pool area complete with a steam room, sauna and hot tub.
Striking clifftop country house featured in classic novel with direct access to the beach £7 million
Next, we have an awe-inspiring clifftop home in Countisbury, Lynton, Devon, priced at a cool £7,000,000. Glenthorne is a striking Grade II listed country house nestled in a secluded position on a 77-acre coastal estate and offers its occupants direct access to the beach. Built-in 1831, the house blends classical Georgian and Gothic styles with a Tudoresque influence. Extensive renovation work has enhanced many of the building’s original features while incorporating many modern conveniences. The property includes two charming cottages: Home Farm, which has been fully restored and a stone barn currently used as a gym. The house sits on a spectacular landscape, surrounded by outstanding scenery, the high hills and the moorland of Exmoor above it. Notably, Glenthorne was home to many now-famous novels, including “The English Patient”.
Bridgerton-style Art Deco house with children’s playground set in 28 acres £4.5 million
Situated in the picturesque village of Itchingfield, Horsham, this impressive Art Deco house enjoys an edge-of-village location, offering expansive views towards the South Downs. Approached via a long, tree-lined driveway, the property sprawls over approximately 28.86 acres of meticulously maintained gardens, parkland and paddocks. The house, an interesting fusion of traditional 1930s architecture and contemporary extensions, is characterised by its principal rooms overlooking the south-facing gardens that are filled with an abundance of natural light. The first floor is accessible via a passenger lift leading to a comprehensive leisure suite and gymnasium that occupies the entire top floor. Additional features include a Chauffer’s Lodge with a double garage, stables, a tack room, a workshop, field shelter, a swimming pool and a tennis court. The property’s gardens envelop the house on three sides and incorporate a dedicated children’s adventure playground.
Historic Grade A Renovation Project in need of Sympathetic Philanthropist – offers over £30K
Brough Lodge, a historic Grade ‘A’ Listed property, offers an exceptional restoration opportunity for a philanthropic individual or organisation seeking a unique project. Set in approximately 40 acres, the lodge occupies an idyllic coastal location on Fetlar, a peaceful island off the east coast of Mainland Shetland known as the ‘Garden of Shetland’. The building is now wind and watertight, and the Brough Lodge Trust, the property’s owners, envision transforming it into a world-class 24-bedroom retreat. The island is of considerable interest due to its rich natural heritage, diverse bird life and stunning scenery, which includes the long, sandy beach at Tresta. Access to Fetlar is via a 25-minute ferry service. Although the island is remote, it houses essential amenities such as a shop, post office and a cafe that operates in the summer months.
Brough Lodge, constructed in 1825 in a unique castellated Gothic style, presents stunning sea views across Colgrave Sound to the island of Hascosay and the east coast of Yell. The house, last occupied in the 1970s, underwent conservation work between 2011 and 2014 to make the building wind and watertight, yet it still requires extensive internal restoration. The proposed project, formed by extensive discussions with conservation architects and authorities, aims to respect the building’s historic character while creating up to 24 double bedrooms and other essential facilities, including an elevated dining room. The retreat would offer carefully curated programmes of activity, focusing on textiles due to Shetland’s global reputation in knitting and weaving. It could also cater to yoga retreats, music programs and other activities. All the trustees of the site need is for the property’s buyer to share their vision and have the resources to carry out their carefully nurtured plans. (View the architect’s designs on the listing…)