If Downton Abbey is your dream, but you prefer your country-house living to be within an easy commute of London, you might want to think about starting from the ground up. The Nutbourne Parkestate (through Savills, www.savills.co.uk; guide price £15m)in Surrey comes with 212 tranquil acres of parkland, lakes and ancient woodland, as well as planning permission for a classic-meets-contemporary home of stately proportions.
Designed by Robert Adam, of Adam Architecture, the planned exterior of the 30,000sq ft mansion is graced with all the heritage trimmings, from a pillared portico to a sweeping carriage drive. The palatial interior, meanwhile, can be tailored to the purchaser’s own specifications. “All this”, just four miles from Godalming and 45 minutes from Heathrow.