If you looking to stay in traditional English country properties while you are visiting Great Britain, you may be dreaming up images of sprawling country manors and gentle games of croquet on the lawn. If that is your idea of paradise then check out some of these quintessential English Country homes that are available to rent for your stay through Airbnb.
These homes offer the maximum in luxury accommodation and amenities while giving you the whole English Country Manor home experience.
The Most Beautiful House in Suffolk
Known as “The most beautiful house in Suffolk” this 10-bedroom, eight-bath house really lives up to its name. Situated on over 100 acres of beautiful countryside, this sprawling mansion is less than two hours outside London by train. A “Grade 1 Listed” Georgian country house, this Airbnb includes a large swimming pool, a tennis court, an Orangerie, and get this, two lakes.
For those who enjoy traditional English athletic pursuits, you can kayak, horse ride, bird watching, target shoot, and hunt. You also have access to a private butler, a library with books in several different languages and of course, Wi-Fi.
Of course, if you’re used to taking care of things yourself there’s a dishwasher, washing machine, and even an iron. For an additional fee, airport and train transfers can be arranged as can day trips from the property. Even massages and beauty treatments can be “sorted out” as the English say.
As one of the nicest English country properties available the pool and sprawling colonnade outside reflect the beauty you’ll find indoors. The grand staircase in the entrance hall is like something out of a Jane Austen novel and the bedrooms are to houses what Wedgewood is to China.
Lovely English yellow, blues, and pinks are all used to great effect here. There is a “Buddha Room” as well as a “Phoenix room” and all the traditional English decorating elements like duck decoys, hand-painted wallpaper, and Chinoiserie are on display here.
Gothic Church Conversion
Consider us converts! As a converted it Gothic church this six-bedroom Airbnb in East Torrington might be the perfect place to hold your wedding! Situated in the town of Wells in Somerset, this unique home which dates from 1838, sleeps 17, more if you’re willing to get a little friendly.
You might even remember Wells, Britain’s smallest city, from “The Golden Age,” Kate Blanchett’s movie about Queen Elizabeth I.
This Victorian church sits just three miles from where the Glastonbury music festival is held, so if you don’t use it to celebrate a wedding why not use it to go to the festival?
Whatever you use it for, the sweeping staircase in the double-height entrance hall is a perfect place to take pictures. (You may even want to take a few of yourself in the claw-foot tub which has been painted to reflect the aesthetic.)
The former altar area is now a glass-enclosed bedroom, although you certainly don’t need to be staying in it to see the stunning stained and louvered glass work in this home. The “Banqueting Gallery,” in particular has extraordinary stained-glass windows and seats up to 20 people at its table comfortably.
There’s even a hot tub here, something we’re guessing didn’t exist in this English country properties original state. At certain times of the year, the host of this extraordinary Airbnb offers up to 25% off so schedule carefully!
Georgian Lakeside Mansion
Hang onto your fascinators because when you find out about the pedigree of this Airbnb you might flip your top! 250 years old, this incredible English country mansion is a replica of the menagerie built for Marie Antoinette at Versailles.
Situated on 10 private acres this house has features we can promise you you won’t find in most Airbnbs (unless you happen to have slept in one that had a four-poster bed handmade from oak that was given to the owner by Prince Charles).
A “Grade 2” listed property, this five-bedroom Airbnb sits within 500 acres of parkland, on grounds laid out by famed architect “Capability” Brown, the Frank Gehry of 18th-century gardeners.
Amenities include outdoor tables, barbecues, fire pits, a lake, a Victorian plunge pool, and that old mythological English house standby, a secret hidden door in the library.
Not so modern is the small glassed-in terrace that allows you a perfect view of the extraordinary grounds. Decorated in calming hues, this Georgian mansion has a decidedly romantic feel to it.
There’s even a nearby lake that makes a perfect spot for yoga, picnics or sports in general. We think Marie Antoinette would’ve loved it!
Welsh Country Hall
Yes, it’s slightly austere, but that just adds to its charm. With 14 bedrooms, this country house in North Wales country home today 20 or more comfortably. Built in 1876. This Airbnb sits on the banks of the River Dee, on some of the most glorious English countryside you’ll ever experience.
Your hosts even encourage you to bring dogs, provided you keep them on a leash so they don’t scare the neighbors’ sheep (yes, you are truly in the country here!).
You’re also welcome to use the front garden for croquet (don’t worry, you don’t need to bring your own set as they have one) as well as the zip line and swing set in the back one.
We also highly recommend a visit to nearby Snowdonia Park which is known for having some of the best views in England. If the weather is bad, as it frequently is in this part of the world, be sure to use the stunning wood-paneled billiard room or take a soak in any of the claw-foot tubs available and give in to the romance of this remarkable property.
Mansion with Pool
Owned by a “grumpy old Scot,” this is clearly an Airbnb in which humor reigns supreme (they even politely ask you not to steal anything). Between the tartan carpet, the animal mural in the kitchen, and that fabulously loud wallpaper, it feels like you’re getting to use Queen Victoria’s playhouse while she’s on holiday.
With an eclectic mix of art and an indisputably beautiful outdoor setting, there is definitely something here for everyone and with seven bedrooms (it sleeps 14 in total), that’s essential. With plenty of elbow room, there’s a large garden, complete with swimming pool, living room, and more than enough parking.
A two-minute walk from the center of Petworth, it’s also just a short walk to a local deer park, perfect if you get tired of human interaction. Grumpy though the Scot may be, he gets rave reviews as a host so be sure to consider this extraordinary English country property.
Beautifully renovated with elegant simplicity, this “Grade 2” listed property is a modern stunner and yet manages to retain all the charm of its original state. Known as The Farmhouse, this Airbnb has six bedrooms, three baths, and can sleep up to 12.
With a heated swimming pool and a lovely garden, this is a wonderful place to spend a summer holiday, especially if you like to be outside. Mom and dad take note: there’s a picket fence around the pool for added safety. An outdoor dining space, as well as an open plan kitchen, offers dining options no matter what the weather so don’t fret if that English rain pours down.
Meticulously decorated in farmhouse style to reflect the home’s origins, this property offers white brick walls, stunning hardwood floors, modern lighting, high ceilings, wood beams, and a general feeling of ease and serenity. Of course, there are all the usual amenities like a washer-dryer, cable TV, and of course, Wi-Fi.
There are also lovely little touches like fresh flowers in every room and basic toiletries. As we mentioned, the renovation was respectful to the original integrity of the home, so beware of things like original floors that might be a bit uneven but add greatly to the home’s charm. It is one of the best English country properties on this list.
Art Lover’s Sanctuary
There are no children and no pets allowed at this five-bedroom country house just an hour from London, can you see the incredible art collection, you’ll understand why.
This remarkable house has some of the most incredible amenities we’ve ever seen in an Airbnb including an enormous screening room, heated floors throughout the entire house, a hot tub, rainwater harvesting, a conservatory, bar, game room with a full-size tennis table, and of course, a pool table.
Outside there’s a fire pit, a heated swimming pool, tennis court, and even treehouse. There’s even a wine cellar under the kitchen that can be seen through a glass window on the kitchen floor. Sitting on over 6 ½ acres, this Airbnb offers more than enough space for entertaining and even has a separate caters kitchen.
Anyone of these English country properties will give you the full experience of staying in a manor home or upscale residence. If you feel like playing the gracious host or being the Lord of the Manor then one of these homes will fit the bill perfectly. A truly British experience.