3 post-modern estates in the English countryside that will make you forget all about Downton Abbey


What does your mind conjure up when you take a moment (as we here at LLNYC often do) to consider English homes with sizable price tags? Royalty? Ancient estates? Tweed? Stables? Big country gardens?

Of course we all know that’s a sweeping generalization, and there are of course more to grand English homes than the Downton Abbey’s we all envision.

To prove that, here are our favorite picks for some alternative, English country homes

Address St. Anns Hill Road, Chertsey, Surrey
Price £9,000,000 ($11,860,000)


This curiously shaped spread is considered to be one of the most iconic houses to be have been built in Britain in the first half of the 20th century. The Grade II listed building was designed in 1936 by Sir Raymond McGrath, and comprises the main McGrath-designed Modernist Round House and a converted 19th-century Coach House which holds a recording studio originally built by Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera (the property’s previous owner). The 6,500-square-foot Round House comes with seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and a lot of curved walls.



Address Beechwood Road, Virginia Water, Surrey
Price £25,000,000 ($32,950,000)


This pricy home is situated right next to the 12th fairway of the Wentworth Club golf course. The newly built house is spread across a whopping 21,000 square feet (which we suspect might also include outdoor space), and comes with state of the art interior technology, a ton of windows, a pool, a tennis court, wine storage and a cinema room.



Address Fox Lane, Boars Hill, Oxfordshire
Price £4,500,000 ($5,930,000)


Set in the Oxfordshire countryside, this eco home boasts over 8,000 square feet spread across three stories. Each room is fitted with a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system, installed to extract stale air from inside the house and replace it with fresh air from outside and the house uses a rainwater harvesting tank to supply water to taps and bathrooms. It come with a double height atrium, an inside infinity pool, sauna, gym, and a cinema room with what the listing describes as, “a recessed star lit ceiling.”