From detached homes to private country estates, these properties nearby great schools offer convenient family living at its finest…
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A perfect blend of English tradition and creative flair, this Grade II period townhouse sprawls across 4 floors and features a separate 2 bedroom apartment. Upon entering, floor to ceiling windows and spacious rooms give the property a light and airy feel, while detailed iron work, a canopied balcony and the most charming of plasterwork are among the house’s treasured period features. Situated in the heart of the sought-after district of Montpelier, Queens Parade is ideally situated near Cheltenham Ladies College, Cheltenham College as well as the Cheltenham Festivals including science, literature and music – perfect for some extra-curricular immersive learning.
2. The Grange, Salisbury
Standing proudly amongst impeccably manicured gardens, The Grange is nothing short of spectacular. After an extensive and sensitive restoration spanning 37 years, the Georgian country offers the best of both country living and modern luxury. Highlights include the pool housed in a magnificent oak-framed building providing a unique and revitalising setting for a morning dip. It’s complete with changing rooms, a kitchen, and pavilion overlooking the outside tennis courts, as well as an attached timber conservatory flooded with light no matter the season. The local area is renowned for both its private and state schools, with multiple excellent Grammar Schools as well as numerous prep schools in the area including Chafyn Grove. For senior level there is Godolphin, Marlborough College and Dauntseys to name a few.
3. Beach House, Hammersmith
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An exceptionally pretty house in a row of very pretty houses, the Grade II Georgian double fronted house looks as if lifted from a storybook (which it did… the house appeared in a charming illustration in the Madeline children’s books).The property’s 1760 original period features have been lovingly restored including hardwood floors, fruitwood banisters and architraves, while the kitchen’s charmingly tiled floors and drawing rooms mirrored backsplash afford a modern touch. If sitting right on the Thames isn’t enough nature for you, the property boasts mature and expansive gardens tucked away at the rear of the house. Other than the vibrancy and charm typical of West London, the Beach House is conveniently located near some of London’s finest day schools including St Paul’s, The Harrodian, Latymer Prep School and Ecole Francaise Jacques Prevert on Brook Green.
4. Well House, Glastonbury
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A family home through and through, the Well House in Somerset is abundant in large communal spaces. At the heart of the property is a magnificent 1200 sq. ft. kitchen perfect for easy Sunday mornings with the whole family. Although homely in atmosphere, the house doesn’t skimp on the luxuries with underfloor heating, claw foot baths and double size sinks among the much appreciated details. The home was awarded Winner of Best Individual Dwelling in 2017 in recognition of its high quality design, construction and workmanship. Situated in the heart of Somerset, the house’s locale is almost as sought after as its design and like any family home worth its money, Well House has a host of local independent schools very close by, including Millfield, Wells Cathedral School, All Hallows and Hazlegrove prep schools. State schools include St Dunstan’s, Wells Blue and nearby Strode College.
5. Wetherby Gardens, South Kensington
This spacious Garden Flat is one of three apartments within this newly remodelled period building on Wetherby Gardens, and one of a handful that enjoy the award-winning communal gardens. Exceptionally high ceilings, generous reception rooms and large windows afford a bright, airy atmosphere and while living spaces are modern chic, the flat retains its historic Victorian grandeur. All four bedrooms are ensuite, some boasting a generous helping of white marble. Ideal for young ones, the Wetherby Gardens is also home to the original Wetherby School, attended by Prince William and Prince Harry.
6. Mountneys, Chelmsford
Close to central Chelmsford but in a world of its own, the property’s billing as “semi-rural” is certainly apt. The magnificent country home sits at the heart of its 10 acres of ground which include a heated swimming pool, summer house and a four box stable block with tackrom and hay loft, offering plenty of family activity whatever the season. Sprawling three floors, the house has been sympathetically modernised for easy living and country charm; the kitchen’s aga, clawfoot bathtubs, wooden beams and brick fireplaces sit wonderfully against modern luxuries. Beyond the country home’s 10 acres, you’ll find a great selection of outstanding schools, including grammar schools like New Hall and a great selection of state schools.
7. Son Vida Villa, Mallorca
A luxury villa if ever there was one, this contemporary creation is anything but understated. Owing to the floor-to-ceiling glass walls, sea air and sunlight flow easily through the property’s three floors. As you’d expect for its price-tag, no expense is spared with each and every design detail being considered. Highlights include a (very Instagrammable) outdoor swimming pool, below ground gym and plunge pool, marble floors, as well as uninterrupted sea views. From the covetable residential of Son Vida (billed as the “Beverly Hills of Mallorca”), it’s only a short distance to the city’s best international schools, including the Agora, Queen’s College, Green Valley School and the British International School. And did we mention the very generous walk-in closet?
8. The Croft, Guildford
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Dating back to 1889, The Croft’s charming period features have been lovingly preserved in its transformation for 21st century family living. The hub of the house is its impressive reception hall featuring 11ft tool ceilings and an enchanting staircase lit naturally by the natural light from a magnificent stained glass window. Beyond its walls is a recently installed luxurious indoor swimming pool and leisure area with full width glass doors opening to a sun-trap lower terrace which in turn leads up to the gardens. The Croft enjoys a secluded location thanks to its extensive grounds, but the nearby villages of Shere, Abinger and Forest Green are on hand for any needs and within easy reach are a wide choice of acclaimed state and private schools including Belmont Preparatory, Duke of Kent, Cranleigh School, St Teresa’s and Hurtwood House.
9. Cannon Lane, Hampstead
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Essentially a live-in gallery, this modern 5 floor property in Hampstead is minimalist but utterly striking. An architectural feat inside and out, the house’s bold facade is reflected in its simple and chic interiors; even its south-facing garden was designed by award winning Chris Beardshaw. A stone spiral staircase leads the way down to the property’s spa-like oasis, complete with pool, showers and multi-purpose studio. Bedrooms are expectedly luxurious, featuring curved floor-to-ceiling windows for optimum natural light and views of the gardens below. As far as locations go, it’s hard to get more idyllic than Hampstead; London’s own little slice of countryside in the city and also the home to first-class independent schools like Heathside Preparatory School, The Academy School, Northbridge House Senior School and Hampstead High School.
10. Mayertorne Manor, Buckinghamshire
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Surrounded by its own formal gardens, 9 acres of paddock and woodland – featuring rose entwined pergolas and a natural pond – Mayertorne Manor is a nature enthusiasts dream. Since the 1700s, the Grade II listed Queen Anne style country house has undergone many reincarnations including a past life as a boarding school for girls in the early 1900s before being refurbished, decorated and restored to its former glory as a family home. High ceilings; sash windows with shutters and window seats; stone fireplaces; solid wood wall panelling and original doors hark back to its rich history, while a range of space-optimising Farrow and Ball storage solutions and modern luxuries mean it’s the ideal home for a 21st century family. Nearby market towns of Wendover and Great Missenden offer an array of shops and restaurants as well as a mainline railway station with services to Marylebone, while nearby Aylesbury is home to grammar schools including the Grammar School for Boys, the High School for Girls and Sir Henry Floyd Grammar Schools. A number of local independent schools are also within easy reach.
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