Rural retreat

Tudor or Georgian are often favourite choices of period for people buying a manor house

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At Kites Hardwick Manor in Warwickshire you can have both. The doll’s house-like early 18th century front is attached to an older, 16th century wing.

Some work is needed but inside there is a fine oak stair and chequer-patterned stone entrance hall floor.

For £575 000, through Knight Frank (01789 297735), the Grade II listed property also has two acres of land and a separate bungalow.

Matthew Slocombe is deputy secretary at the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. Four times a year, members of the SPAB receive a free list of old buildings that are for sale and in need of repair.

For details of membership and courses for home-owners, contact SPAB, 37 Spital Square, London E1 6DY.
Call 020 7377 1644, or visit

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