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There was a time when ownership of an elegant country manor was confirmation of a successful career — witness all those Victorian industrialists who ploughed heaps of cash into Robert Adams mansions approached via wrought-iron gates and a long drive through landscaped acres.
In recent times, however, that cachet has dimmed in favour of maintaining a strong foothold in the capital.
That is on the turn, according to estate agents, who say the really smug buyers sensed it a year ago. This year is proving just as busy. And between 50 per cent and 60 per cent of these prime properties went to London buyers. One of the reasons for publicity-shy buyers is security.
click Vendors would rather test the market first off-line. For the right property , it works.
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Once, the classic statement idyll was a house down a long drive and far from the madding crowds, says Rupert Sweeting of Knight Frank who has a year perspective on the market. The gardens of the former Cistercian monastery in Dorset have been developed by various inhabitants since , initlally by monks farming the land to grow seasonal fruits and vegetables. The only monastic structure that remains is the Great Pond, today joined by three lower ponds and the highest powered pump in England, alongside topiary-lined vistas, colourful herbaceous borders, an arboretum, a rock garden and an expansive walled garden.
Forde Abbey will re-open to the public on 2 April Lying beside the River Ure near Ripon in North Yorkshire, Newby Hall is an 18th-century country house with gardens that were developed from the s onwards.
Across 25 acres, rare shrubs and plants fill the charming landscape. Newby Hall and Gardens will re-open to the public on 30 March Home to the Erskine family since the s, Cambo House sits in north-east Fife, 10 kilometres south-east of St Andrews. The Georgian walled garden was opened to the public in October and is now filled with rose arches, orchard trees, shrubs and vegetables.
Cambo House is open to visitors and available for events. Fine collections of rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and camellias enjoy the acidic sandy soil, and fresh developments are under way: new roses were planted in the spring of and the planting of the new Lavinia Walk borders began in early