Just like Bridgerton before it, Netflix’s freshly launched adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion is bound to reignite our love for the symmetry, elegance and overall good looks of a Georgian property.
Not that they’ve ever gone out of fashion. "Light, space and height are important to a buyer, and Georgian houses more often than not offer this in abundance with their well-proportioned rooms, high ceilings and large sash windows," explains Ben Bentley, co-founder of estate agency The Country House Department.
"A Georgian house is timeless and will always remain desirable." From chic conversions to magnificent mansions, these period beauties are available now.
1. Edinburgh, offers over £350,000
This bright flat is on the top floor of a converted house in New Town, the world’s biggest and best-preserved example of Georgian town planning. It has two double bedrooms with fantastic views over the city, a south-facing sitting/dining room, a separate kitchen, a bathroom and eaves storage space.
Paying an annual subscription will get you keys to the gates of private Queen Street Gardens, one of Edinburgh’s biggest garden squares. Through Simpson & Marwick via ESPC.
2. John Dower House, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, from £450,000
Constructed in 1812 as a hotel and granted a coat of arms when visited by Adelaide, Duchess of Clarence – the future Queen Consort to William IV – this grand building later became a police station and courthouse before being used as offices. Developer Lifestory has now transformed it into a collection of 12 luxury apartments, accessed via an entrance hall with an original tiled floor and sweeping staircase.
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Only a couple of two-bedroom apartments are left, featuring high ceilings, open plan living rooms, contemporary kitchens and bathrooms and underground parking. Find out more at johndowerhouse.com.
3. Deal, Kent, £475,000
The seafront, station and town centre are all within a few hundred yards of this charming end-of-terrace house. Spread over four storeys, it comprises a lower ground floor all-in-one kitchen/living/dining area, sitting and living rooms separated by double doors and a bathroom at ground level, two double bedrooms – one with an ensuite – on the first floor, a third bedroom at the top and a walled garden.
Fireplaces, cornices and stripped pine doors can be found throughout. For more information, contact Bright & Bright.
4. Bath, Avon, £695,000
Head to the heart of Grade I-listed Royal Crescent, the prime address in a city renowned for its Georgian architecture, to find this spacious second floor flat which looks out towards the Mendip Hills in the distance.
The reception room includes a fireplace, three sash windows with their original wooden shutters and wrought iron balconettes, and there’s a kitchen, a good-sized double bedroom, a bathroom and garage. It’s on the market via Carter Jonas.
5. Alcester, Warwickshire, offers over £850,000
Yew Trees is a delightful detached four-bedroom, two-bathroom house in the centre of an attractive rural town. Entered through a front door flanked by Doric columns, it’s been sympathetically restored and retains all its original wooden doors and sash windows, and wooden shutters in some of the rooms.
The kitchen, breakfast and dining room are arranged around an internal courtyard, and there’s a sitting room, snug, garden room and study, and a swimming pool in the secluded garden. If you want to splash out, get in touch with Fine & Country.
6. Welsh St Donats, near Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, offers in excess of £1.4m
Handsome Grade II-listed Great House sits in a pretty village about 13 miles from Cardiff, and is mentioned in Pevsner’s Buildings of Wales guide as being of architectural interest.
Six bedrooms, five reception rooms and four bathrooms are spread over two floors, and it comes with a wealth of period features, a south-facing garden and a useful stone lodge equipped with power.
Get the lowdown from Watts & Morgan.
7. Dilham, North Walsham, Norfolk, £1.5m
With columns, ironwork, sash windows, shutters, fine cornicing and friezes and exposed timber beams and floorboards, there’s certainly no shortage of period details in Grade II listed, seven-bedroom Hill House.
It lies in approximately two and a half acres of grounds that contain a swimming pool, kitchen garden and range of outbuildings. Get in touch with Jackson-Stops.
8. Brightwell-Cum-Sotwell, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, offers in excess of £4m
Although primarily Georgian, Brightwell Manor can trace its roots back to the mid-12th century when King Stephen was said to have built a moated castle on the site.
The house, which the current owners bought from a former Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, is still bordered by a moat on three sides and awash with historic features.
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There are nine bedrooms, six reception rooms and five bath/shower rooms, but the layout could be reconfigured, subject to planning consent. From The Country House Department.
9. Hare Hatch, Reading, Berkshire, £5.95m
There’s something very pleasing about the perfect symmetry of Hare Hatch House, a Grade II listed redbrick mansion sitting in over 31 acres of grounds and approached via two gravel driveways.
The four main reception rooms open off the wide entrance hall, and eight bedrooms extend over the first and second floors, with two more in a separate cottage that could be used by staff, a family member or rented out to generate income. Available through Strutt & Parker.
10. Mayfair, London W1, £55m
You probably won’t be surprised to learn that this Grade I-listed, 14,000 square foot residence is the most expensive Georgian home currently for sale in the UK.
It was once owned by Lord Brougham, a Lord Chancellor who entertained Queen Victoria and the first Duke of Wellington, and more recently housed Gucci’s global HQ and became a base for then creative director Tom Ford.
It’s now been converted back into a palatial private house with four grand reception rooms, a family kitchen, a study/office, four VIP bedroom suites and staff quarters, plus a gym, a cinema, swimming pool, plunge pool, steam room and sauna. Through Beauchamp Estates.