Our love affair with period properties is stronger than ever, according to estate agency Jackson-Stops.
Its Heritage Homes survey has revealed that two thirds of current period property owners would buy an older home again, and 80% believe that period housing holds its value as well as or better than new-build. Victorian homes are the most sought-after, beating both Georgian and thatched cottages.
"As well as spaciously proportioned rooms, properties from the period are known for their high ceilings and bay windows, whilst also benefitting from ornate detailing and distinctive brickwork which exudes a sense of history and craftsmanship" explains Dawn Carritt, consultant to Jackson-Stops' Country Houses & Estates office.
Shopping for a Victorian home? Then start with this selection.
1. Brixham, Devon, £255,000
A three-bedroom mid-terrace house close to the town centre and harbour. On the ground floor there’s a through living/dining room with a bay window and wood burner, a galley kitchen, WC and utility opening into a courtyard garden.
Two of the bedrooms – both with built-in wardrobes – and a large bathroom containing a roll-top tub are on the first floor and the attic’s been converted into another bedroom with wooden floorboards, exposed bricks and eaves storage. Contact Purplebricks.
2. Holbeach, Lincolnshire, £550,000
Very spacious inside and out, this former farmhouse has been refurbished by the current owners and is light, bright and beautifully decorated.
It includes four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen with a central island and an adjoining dining area, a conservatory, an elegant bay-windowed living room and a games room with a bar and log-burner in an inglenook fireplace. All the rooms have views over the the mature secluded garden, which contains several outbuildings. Via Fine & Country.
3. Bedford, £750,000
This five-bedroom house boasts features such as high ceilings, sash windows and fireplaces and has been fully renovated and extended.
A couple of years ago the open plan kitchen/dining room – incorporating vaulted ceilings, an island, a pantry, range cooker and two sets of Crittall style French doors leading into the garden – won an award from the local authority for the best residential extension. Find out more from Lane & Holmes.
4. Hampton Wick, Middlesex, £1.095m
Kingston town centre, the Thames and 1,100 acre Bushy Park are all a short walk from this airy semi-detached house, which retains many original features.
It has a front sitting room with a bay window, a dining room, a Shaker-style kitchen, a cloakroom, three double bedrooms and a family bathroom, and offers potential to extend into the garden. Get in touch with Dexters.
5. Peebles, Scottish Borders, offers over £1.1m
Six-bedroom Kingsmuir House in Peebles was built in 1855 for Robert Romanes of Edinburgh drapery firm Romanes & Paterson, tartan supplier to Queen Victoria, and was extended in 1863 and 1900.
Although the exterior and countryside views probably haven’t changed much since, the interior’s been brought up to date with its period features intact. It'll be a nice little earner for the right buyer, having been run as a successful B&B for several years. Via Knight Frank.
6. Ashbocking, Ipswich, £1.5m
The Red House, a gorgeous Gothic property surrounded by six acres of its own land, has full-height arched doors and windows, wooden panelling and original fireplaces.
There are five bedrooms, four reception rooms and three bathrooms in the main house, plus additional living space in a detached annex, currently used as a gym. Available from Strutt & Parker.
7. Lexden, Colchester, Essex, £2m
Following extensive refurbishment, Stanmore House is on the market for only the third time in over 120 years.
Entered via a hallway with an original encaustic tiled floor and wooden staircase, you’ll find a vast kitchen/family room and two reception rooms with deep bay windows, fitted bookcases, fireplaces, architraves and cornicing on the ground floor, and five bedrooms and three bathroom arranged over the upper two storeys. The mature garden has a heated conservatory, topiary and a hot tub. Get in touch with Jackson-Stops.
8. Kew, Surrey, £2.95m
If you’re after an immaculate home in a convenient location, don’t miss this five-bedroom semi-detached house, as the tube and Overground station, shops, good schools and the Royal Botanic Gardens are all nearby.
Everything’s finished and has been maintained to a very high standard, and there’s a south-facing garden and provision for parking at the front. Get the lowdown from Antony Roberts.
9. Bayswater, London W2, £21.5m
A fully-refurbished, Grade II-listed red-brick mansion, regarded as one of the capital’s finest Victorian homes.
Accommodation extends to nearly 7,000 square feet and includes four reception rooms, a magnificent principal bedroom suite – containing a bathroom, dressing room, study and sitting room – occupying the entire first floor – and six further bedrooms, all sumptuously interior-designed. There’s a landscaped garden at the back, and Kensington Gardens is on the doorstep. Through Beauchamp Estates.