12 incredibly grand period homes

Is your dream home a manor house, castle, hall or château? We share a selection of properties with an impressive heritage

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Ask five different people to show you what their perfect period home looks like and they’ll come up with five very different properties. Some will choose an historic 15th-century timber-framed home, others a magnificent manor house complete with moat. Francophiles will dream of their very own château – vineyard optional – while for those who’d rather immerse themselves in English history, a Jacobean hunting lodge or Victorian Gothic hall might fit the bill.

We’ve picked our favourite grand period homes, hoping that there’s something here to inspire you too.

1. Romantic French château

A beautiful French manor house within grounds of nine acres, this property was constructed in 1727 in Saires-la-Verrerie, Normandy.

French chateau built in 1727 grand period homes

2. A historic hall house in Suffolk

This expertly restored 14th-century hall house in Suffolk holds many original features, including blackened timbers from the vented kitchen fire centuries ago.

3. Medieval hall with Victorian frontage

This Grade II*-listed medieval hall house on the Herefordshire/Worcestershire border has a Victorian façade and Georgian oast house section.

4. A Georgian home in the country

This Grade II-listed Georgian home in Oxfordshire was extended in Victorian times, and again in the late 20th century. It now has four reception rooms, five bedrooms and four bathrooms.

Georgian country home and garden grand period homes

Click here to take a look around this Georgian country home

5. A 14th-century property with a Georgian façade

Behind the elegant Georgian façade of this Grade II* listed property are the remnants of a former chantry college that dates back to 1362. A medieval great hall and later Tudor panelling were uncovered and restored in the 1970s.

Medieval home with a Georgian facade in a grand period home

6. Moated manor house in Suffolk

With its own moat and bridge, this stunning 16th-century red-brick manor house in Suffolk has had a huge renovation, including a new roof and timber repairs. Inside is a historic boxed staircase with original timbers, one of the earliest survivors of its type in the UK.

16th century moated manor house grand period homes

Click here to take a look at this impressive medieval moated manor house

7. A handsome rectory in Yorkshire

This seven-bedroom 18th-century rectory in Yorkshire is set in mature grounds and parkland, and features a tree-lined carriage driveway. The owners added a conservatory and tennis court, and in 2001 converted the stables into offices.

18th century rectory grand period homes

Click here to take a look around this regency rectory

8. Worcestershire hunting lodge

Constructed as a hunting lodge in 1642, this grand Jacobean building is Grade II-listed, with extensive interiors including three large bedroom suites.

Click here to take a look at this grand hunting lodge

9. A château by the river

This Louis XV style château sits on a riverside in Brittany, France. It was built in 1750 by shipowners, and stood through the turbulent French Revolution.

10. Georgian home on an island

On its own two-acre island in the Great Ouse river, this impressive Georgian structure was the forgotten ancestral home of its owner, who carefully restored it.

Click here to take a look around this Georgian ancestral home

11. The house that Pugin built

Designed by ‘God’s own architect’ Augustus Pugin, Pugin Hall is a historic mid-19th century masterpiece, built in Rampisham, West Dorset.

Click here to take a look around Pugin Hall

12. Early Tudor manor house

Built in the 15th century, this early Tudor manor has six bedrooms and a large country garden, located in Hampshire.

15th century timber framed Tudor home

Click here to take a look around this early Tudor manor house