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Property: 10 former rectories and vicarages for sale

The Old Vicarage in Buckden, near St Neots, looks out over historic Buckden Towers
The Old Vicarage in Buckden, near St Neots, looks out over historic Buckden Towers. Photo: Fine & Country (Photo: Fine & Country)

Blessed with well-proportioned rooms and original features, former rectories and vicarages are in constant demand.

"Their rarity and unique history, combined with being buildings often of great character and charm, adds to their appeal," explains Daniel Nash, director of estate agency Nash Partnership. "Many, particularly Victorian examples, are substantial with large, spacious interiors and generous gardens, and are often situated in prime positions."

Tempted? Then try these properties, all on the market now.

1. Echt, Westhill, Aberdeenshire, offers over £750,000

Photo: Galbraith
Photo: Michael Dickie

B-listed Glenecht is an early 19th century Georgian house that was previously the Manse of Echt, where the local church minister lived. It sits on the edge of the village and includes five main bedrooms, two loft rooms, a kitchen/dining/family room, a sitting room, dining room, garden room and study, period windows and fireplaces and an acre of grounds containing walled and courtyard gardens. Find out more from Galbraith.

2. Wolsingham, County Durham, £1.5m

Photo: Finest Properties
Photo: Finest Properties

Demesne Hall was built as a rectory in 1848 and following substantial redevelopment over the years, now has four reception rooms, five ensuite bedrooms and two further bedrooms, along with high ceilings and features such as fireplaces and decorative coving and cornicing.


There’s also an attached four-bedroom single storey annex with its own entrance that can be closed off from the main house as needed. Contact Finest Properties.

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3. Tarporley, Cheshire, £1.575m

Photo: Gascoigne Halman
Photo: Gascoigne Halman

Since buying Grade II listed The Old Vicarage in 2017, the owners have carried out a range of improvements to this feature-filled six-bedroom house. They’ve installed new bathrooms throughout, relaid the driveway approach and built brick gateposts, but the biggest project of all was refurbishing an outbuilding. This contains a heated indoor swimming pool, a gym, an open plan living/kitchen/dining area, a shower room and a mezzanine currently used as a seventh bedroom. Via Gascoigne Halman.

4. Church Leigh, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, £1.595m

Photo: Savills
Photo: Savills

Complete with working shutters, mullioned windows, high moulded ceilings and period fireplaces, The Old Rectory is a 6,000 square foot, Grade II listed three storey house constructed at the beginning of the 18th century. Includes six bedrooms, formal drawing and living rooms, a sitting room/office and a big welcoming family kitchen with an island and Aga. An orangery, detached double garage and replacement oak sash windows have been added in recent years. Contact Savills.

5. Butcombe, Bristol, £1.65m

Photo: Knight Frank
Photo: Knight Frank

Far-reaching views over a valley towards the Mendip Hills can be enjoyed from most of the rooms in this Grade II listed old rectory. Dating from the 1600s with later alterations and additions, it has six/seven bedrooms, a 29-foot kitchen/breakfast room, two sitting rooms, a drawing room, family room and a study. Architectural features include beamed ceilings, window seats, stone archways and mullion windows. Get in touch with Knight Frank.

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6. Michaelstow, Cornwall, £1.8m

Photo: John Bray Estates
Photo: John Bray Estates

Wisteria-clad The Old Rectory is tucked away in a rural spot close to the north Cornish coast. Open fires in the drawing room, library, snug, two of the five bedrooms and one bathroom ensure it’s incredibly cosy in the winter, and there are four and a half acres of grounds to explore once the weather warms up. Here you'll find a heated outdoor pool, a wildflower meadow, a vegetable patch and walled garden. Through John Bray Estates.

7. Stevenage, Hertfordshire, £1.95m

Photo: Putterills
Photo: Putterills

No 1 The Priory is part of the former rectory to nearby St Nicholas’ Church. Accommodation includes a drawing room with an open fireplace and curved sash bay window overlooking the garden, two further reception rooms, a kitchen/breakfast room and four bedrooms. It boasts high ceilings throughout and a grand entrance hall with a sweeping mahogany staircase and glazed cupola above. Get in touch with Putterills.

8. Ickham, Kent, £1.975m

Photo: Strutt & Parker
Photo: Strutt & Parker

The major section of a former vicarage, Grade II* listed The Old Rectory can trace its roots back to the 13th century. Beautifully presented, it comprises five bedrooms, three bathrooms, three cloakrooms, a library, morning, drawing and dining rooms and a kitchen with an adjoining a laundry, utility and boot room. A pair of one-bedroom cottages in the grounds generate a steady income as they’re currently let on assured shorthold tenancies. Through Strutt & Parker.

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9. Buckden, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, £2m

Photo: Fine & Country
Photo: Francis Ambler

Buckden Towers – once Buckden Palace, residence of the Bishops of Lincoln – forms the backdrop to The Old Vicarage. This Grade II listed early Victorian house is flooded with natural daylight and features seven bedrooms, a bay-windowed study and family room, a dining room, playroom and spacious kitchen/breakfast room. There’s a secluded south-facing garden with a swimming pool, and a triple garage. Via Fine & Country.

10. Halsall, West Lancashire, £3.6m

Photo: Jackson-Stops
Photo: Jackson-Stops

This substantial Victorian rectory has been lovingly restored and upgraded to a very high standard. Surrounded by over four acres of land, it has four reception rooms, a cinema room a contemporary open-plan kitchen, an opulent principal bedroom suite, four more double bedrooms, a first floor gym, and a self-contained one-bedroom flat over the triple garage that would be ideal for giving an older teenager independence. On through Jackson-Stops.

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