Out in the English countryside, renting a private house is becoming more and more of a thing for holidaymakers; now, several are available for the first time for exclusive lettings. In Hampshire – just a few miles from the M3, so with easy access to London – Farleigh House (www.farleighwallop.com; £14,400 for a two-night weekend, full board) has been the property of the Wallop family (latterly Earls of Portsmouth) since the 15th century; the quietly elegant early-Georgian house sits on 4,000 acres that furnish everything from the game served at dinner to the flowers in the 11 guest rooms.
In Suffolk, Wilderness Reserve (www.wildernessreserve.com), the holiday estate created in 2013 by Foxtons founder Jon Hunt, last month debuted Moat Cottage (from £1,211 per night), a sensitively restored Tudor farmhouse with five bedrooms, a plank-floored sitting room and a lovely boat cottage that serves as a sixth ensuite accommodation. August sees the addition of The Walled Garden(from £1,480 per night), an eight-suite reimagined “bothy”. But the reserve’s real draw is the swimming pool and vast Capability Brown-inspired garden, both by celebrated landscape architect Kim Wilkie.