Stamp duty tax has been cut in the Mini Budget

On 23rd September, Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng announced at the Mini Budget that he is reducing (and in some cases eliminating) Stamp Duty immediately for residential property buyers. 

The levy is a tax paid over a certain price when somebody buys a house, flat or a piece of land in England, where the monies owed are based on various price thresholds, as well as where you are buying.

For non-first-time buyers, the threshold at which the tax begins has been increased from £125,000 to £250,000. The remaining thresholds have remained the same, to include those buying an additional property or a second home where there is still an extra 3% to pay on top of the relevant standard rates.

Standard SDLT Rates 

Property ValueSDLT Rate
Up to £250,0000%
The next £675,000 (the portion from £250,001 to £925,000)5%
The next £575,000 (the portion from £925,001 to £1.5 million)10%
The remaining amount (the portion above £1.5 million)12%

Whilst for first time buyers, the SDLT threshold now begins at £425,000 – previously £300,000 – in a bid to give them an extra boost onto the property ladder. The value of the property on which they can claim stamp duty relief has increased from £500,000 to £625,000.

Are you wondering how much stamp duty will now cost on our homes?

We have had a look at some of our houses for sale and worked out the new SDLT for you. Perhaps you could put the saving towards something else such as new furniture, school fees or renovation works?

Drove House, Surfleet

Total SDLT: £103,250

Drove House is  beautiful period property offering everything you might need for a quintessential English country lifestyle. The main house provides 5 generous reception rooms and a vast, newly extended kitchen dining room with 5 double bedrooms, 2 en suite, and a family bathroom whilst a recently built adjoining annex has 2 bedrooms, a large kitchen, a living room and a bathroom. With over 13 acres of land, there are paddocks, stables, an enclosed outdoor heated swimming pool, a hard tennis court, garden buildings, chicken runs, a vegetable garden as well as numerous trees and a lake supporting wildlife. Read more

Snake Hall, Moulton Eaugate

Total SDLT: £51,250

Snake Hall is a beautiful Grade II listed, Georgian former farmhouse with 5 bedrooms and 5 reception rooms surrounded by open fields. Standing on over 4.5 acres, it also provides a brick stable block with haybarn, paddocks, garages, storeroom and workshop. Built circa 1795, this red brick house is typically Georgian with its symmetric façade. Inside, the house is airy and spacious with large windows, and rooms are very generous in size with high ceilings and lovely views over the garden, and the far reaching landscape from upstairs. Read more

Bridge House, Sutton St James

Total SDLT: £32,500

Bridge House is an extraordinarily sleek, spacious, minimalist home built in 2019 which is a reminiscent of a vast, converted old barn. It has an industrial edge with its Crittal-style glazing and huge spaces contained within a combination of exposed brick and plastered walls, that include four en suite bedrooms, a spectacular open plan kitchen living room, a dining room, a games room, a cinema, a study, an adjoining double garage and a separate workshop outside. Read more

Ducks Nest, Oundle

Total SDLT: £22,500

Ducks Nest is one of the oldest properties in the historic market town of Oundle; a date inscribed on the gable end states 1637 but other parts are far older. Part of it – the current dining room – was once owned by the Knights Templar and much later, in the 16th century, Sir Thomas Tresham, a prom- inent Catholic landowner whose eldest son, Francis, was embroiled in the gunpowder plot, owned the property for a time up until 1564. Some years later, Oliver Cromwell is reputed to have stayed there, perhaps whilst it was The Anchor Inn, which it was for hundreds of years. This Grade II listed quaint stone cottage provides three bedrooms, one en suite, a family bathroom, three good-sized reception rooms and a farmhouse style kitchen. Read more

Church Street, Eastern On The Hill

Total SDLT: £25,000

This three-bedroom period stone cottage is an English classic within a very desirable village, but it the peaceful and private mature garden, intricately designed, that makes this property stand out amongst others – a paradise for those who enjoy watching the hours pass by surrounded by nature. Read more

Bank House, Sutton Bridge

Total SDLT: £13,750

Bank House is a four bedroomed 1930s house, that has been completely refurbished and modernised. The interiors are light and airy with rooms including a hallway, living room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, attic room and a master bedroom that has a dressing room and an en-suiteRead more

Find Out More? 

For more information about these homes, or to be kept up to date on those we will be selling in the future, contact Jan or Ildi on 01780 750 200 or 01832 808 008.

Homes with fireplaces or wood burners

The weather has certainly got chillier, so to help warm the body and the soul as Autumn begins, here are some of our homes for sale with wonderful fireplaces or wood burners…

Mill House, Fleet

When you see the charming facade of this home, you will be forgiven for being some what surprised given the contemporary interior… but Mill House beautifully blends old with new, and not only does its origins date back to 1755, it’s also Grade II listed. Clearview log-burners have been installed in both the front room fireplaces. The one in the drawing room, with its Georgian arched niches either side, was fitted in 2020 and has only been used 3 times! Boasting some equestrian facilities such as a hay barn, stables, tack room, you have the perfect location to relax by the fire and warm yourself up after tending to your horses on those dark cold nights. Read more

Drove House, Surfleet

At this small country estate, the very elegant drawing room walls painted in a soft, muted mauve, are of exceptionally fine proportions and enjoys a classical period fireplace. Whilst two more reception rooms with fireplaces are used as a games room and dining room. There’s no need for a fireplace in the kitchen, however, as the underfloor heating and Aga should keep you warm and toasty in the chillier months to come. Read more

Grange Court, Carlby

This stunning barn conversion created by the current owners has two Clear-view log burners – one in the dining/family room and the other in the East Wing which has been created as flexible accommodation. The fifth bedroom is situated here and as such, offers the opportunity for guests or family members to be more independent from the main living accommodation. The current owners have used it as an extra bedroom, guest accommodation, an additional home work- ing space and have also let it out as an AirBnB. Read more

Zetland House, Grantham

This home is ideal for cat enthusiasts, because not only is it an extremely spacious 7-bed house with a two-storey adjoining annex, totalling almost 5,000 square feet of accommodation, there is also a cattery in the 10-acre grounds which consists of 27 very neatly presented pens which can take up to 63 cats as well as paddocks. But once you have fed your furry creatures and put them to bed on a cold winters evening, you can pop your feet up by the fire either in the main house or the annex. Read more

The Coach House, Colsterworth

This is an immaculately presented, converted coach house dating back to 1725, which provides the perfect, contemporary accommodation for multi-generational living with a two bedroom annex. The main living room is huge with a stove fuelled by gas in the stone inglenook fireplace, whilst in the annex there is a log burner in the cosy living room. The owners have also upgraded the EPC rating from F to D, which is hugely impressive given the building is 300 years’ old. Read more

The Old Vicarage, Gosberton

The Old Vicarage is a very handsome, period house of fine proportions with high ceilings and an abundance of original features to include original fireplaces in every room! Read more

Old Welland Cottage, Spalding

This is an immaculate, double-fronted Georgian property which for a large part of the C20th operated as The Welland Inn. It has been renovated by the current owners who completely transformed it over the last decade or so by stripping it back to its bare bones and starting almost from scratch. The owners said: “We fitted reclaimed fireplaces on newly-cut stone hearths – a log- burner sits in one. The arched Georgian style niches flanking the fireplace are in fact new, and the unusual coving is a special bespoke,
old Georgian design.” Read more

Find Out More? 

For more information about these homes, or to be kept up to date on those we will be selling in the future, contact Jan or Ildi on 01780 750 200 or 01832 808 008.

Homes with kitchens worthy of Great British Bake Off

With Great British Bake Off on our screens again, we thought we’d find some amazing kitchens we’d love to bake in. Join us as we take a look around a select few… although we have plenty more just like these on our website!

Mill House, Fleet

Mill House as an equisite home, having been substantially refurbished by its owners who have beautifully blended old with new. The huge kitchen breakfast room is no exception, which stretches across the width of the rear section. It has been fitted with a luxury Tom Howley of Cambridge bespoke kitchen with solid Silestone Quartz worktops. Three top of the range Miele ovens incorporating one steam oven and two full size ovens offer plenty of space to cook bread, cakes, cookies and more. As a an added bonus, these can all be controlled via your mobile phone… There is also an integrated Miele dishwasher for washing up your bowls and spatulas, and a Miele microwave in a cabinet for melting the butter quickly. There is also a Fisher & Paykel fridge drawer in the kitchen with a further fridge freezer in the utility. If you fancy a glass of wine whilst you bake, why not choose a bottle from the mQuvee wine cave which has space for 45 bottles and dual temperature for both white and red wine! And that’s not all… there’s plenty more to shout about about this kitchen – it really is the stuff of dreams. Read more

Drove House, Surfleet

Drove House is a small country estate, where the kitchen is a very impressive aspect and ideal for baking scones or muffins after a game of tennis or a swim in your grounds. The owners have extended and refitted the kitchen as they love to cook and entertain. Now it is a vast, almost square room with tiled floor and plenty of space to cook and dine under the large roof lantern in the extension which benefits underfloor heating. A fine, white Aga stands proudly in the chimney breast. Although now disconnected it can only look on at the busy electric Smeg range-style cooker. However, it could be reconnected should someone so wish. The owners say: “The kitchen was a 1960s relic – it was quite literally like stepping back in time! We do have visitors and entertain a lot, often 12 to 14 people so we have two dishwashers – I’m not sure how we manged before with just one! We have a big American-style fridge in the kitchen and another in the pantry.” Read more

Woodcroft Road, Marholm

This incredible home is an extended bungalow – a renovation project undertaken by the current owners. The big kitchen/dining/family room is the centre piece, with pops of blue in the kitchen’s tiles and lower cabinets making for a lovely touch in synch with the house’s calming colour palette. There’s plenty of counter and cupboard space to store your flour, cookie cutters and mixers too, alongside an island with a sink, as well as a wealth of room for tables and social sofas to enjoy your home made goodies with family and friends. Read more

Bridge House, Fishergate

Bridge House is a hugely impressive barn extending to just over 4,300 sq ft. This extraordinarily sleek, spacious, minimalist home is located in an idyllic spot beside a waterway, and boasts a kitchen fitted with everything you need for some baking fun. The fitted kitchen incorporates all Neff appliances. A bank of floor to ceiling units flanked by shelving, has two eye-level ovens with hide-and-slide doors, alongside a microwave and warming drawer, and a tall, larder fridge with freezer below is disguised behind doors. An induction hob with a pop-up extractor sits in the quartz island and the inset sink has a Franke Omni 4-in- 1 tap with filtered cold and hot water, including boiling water. An adjoining wraparound breakfast bar simulates polished concrete and provides a good run of space at which to prepare your ingredients as well as sampling your tasty creations. Read more

The Old Vicarage, Gosberton

This former Victorian vicarage stands in the heart of the South Lincolnshire village of Gosberton. Given its heritage, it boasts original features including quarry tiled flooring, panelled doors, deep skirtings, mouldings, dado rails, ceiling roses and original fireplaces. The bespoke kitchen doesn’t disappoint, having been updated by the owners. They have installed new oak worktops, tiling and painted all the units, and added a Graphite 110 cm Everhot range with a focal surround which is a wonderful centre point and gives a lovely warmth to the kitchen. The kitchen has a very practical layout with plenty of storag, which makes it ideal for baking. There is also a walk-in pantry and two additional storage rooms close to the kitchen providing further space for your baking ingredients, equipment and accessories. Read more

Grange Court, Carlby

Grange Court is a stunning, stone-built, Grade II listed barn conversion on the edge of the Lincolnshire village of Carlby. Baking enthusiasts will love the exposed beams above them whilst preparing their latest sourdough, and that there are in fact two kitchens – one in the main home and the other in the East Wing. Should you be baking for the masses, that extra kitchen may just come in handy! The main kitchen is bespoke handmade with all Neff appliances, a boiling water tap and a Miele dishwasher, whilst the other has granite worktops and Franke taps. Read more

Find Out More? 

For more information about these homes, or to be kept up to date on those we will be selling in the future with plenty of land, contact Jan or Ildi on 01780 750 200 or 01832 808 008.

Homes with lakes, ponds and pools

Whether you wish to relax by the water’s edge, swim or perhaps catch a fish or two, we currently have some beautiful homes for sale with their very own lakes, ponds and pools…

Drove House – Surfleet, Lincolnshire

Drove House really does offer all the bells and whistles as it includes a swimming pool as well as a lake to make a splash in. The two islands at the centre of the lake is a haven for wildlife, whilst the outdoor swimming pool area is entered through decorative metal gates within white rendered walls. It is heated by a “very effective” air source heat pump, and a large pool room stands at one end where there is a changing room, a shower and a separate WC. Read more

Zetland House – Little Bytham, Grantham, Lincolnshire

At the foot of the garden at this lovely four-bed home is a large pond and curved decking which supports an impressive timber pagoda perfect for sitting with your favourite tipple or dinner. There is also a stunning weeping willow which arches over the water. Read more

Offmarket house – Burton Coggles, Lincolnshire

This stunning six-bedroom house is being sold off market, which means that you won’t see its details publicly. It has a swimming pool and a pond however, so if you would like to find out more, please do get in touch.

Find Out More? 

For more information about these homes, or to be kept up to date on those we will be selling in the future, contact Jan or Ildi on 01780 750 200 or 01832 808 008.

Homes with workshops

Hone your skills and/or keep your tools and materials secure and protected from harsh winter weather at these properties for sale, which all boast a workshop or two…

Snake Hall – Moulton Eaugate

A beautiful Grade II listed Georgian former farmhouse with 5 bedrooms and 5 reception rooms, surrounded by open fields. Standing on over 4.5 acres, there is plenty of space for storing tools and materials, or honing your skills, with garages, storeroom and a workshop. Read more

The Old Post Office – Exton

This former post office has gone through a full transformation and now presents as a superb, immaculate family home, flooded with natural light. The adjoining workshop and garage are excellent assets with a great amount of storage above, the spacious garage having double doors at both ends. The vendors have boarded out the area above the garage and workshop and there’s an automatic folding ladder at the press of a button for access plus an electric light up there too. Read more

Curlew Court – Sutton Bridge

These Victorian barns have had a recent transformation into an impressive home with a contemporary interior throughout. Under original arches in the old barns along the far side are storage spaces, one which used to be kennels is lockable, and there’s also a double garage/workshop too. Read more

Find Out More? 

For more information about these homes, or to be kept up to date on those we will be selling in the future, contact Jan or Ildi on 01780 750 200 or 01832 808 008.

Homes with annexes

Whether to use as a holiday let, to set up your perfect ‘work from home’ environment or for multi generational living, annexes have become a key focus for country house buyers for a variety of reasons. We have had a look through our property portfolio to show you some of our homes which boast some lovely ones, or have the potential to create one…

Stoneleigh – Priory Court

In the very heart of the attractive village of Geddington, stands this very handsome, Grade ll listed property, originally part of the Priory next door. Dating back to 1618, the property has exceptionally high ceilings and large windows shedding a vast amount of light into all the rooms, which is very unusual for a building of such an age. The attached garage is an ideal spot to create an annexe – subject to planning. Read more

The Coach House – Colsterworth

The Coach House has a two bedroom annexe located in the original main entrance to the coach house. The annexe contains a cosy living room with a log-burner, a brand new fitted kitchen with space for dining and a door onto the garden, a downstairs bathroom, with stairs to two bedrooms and WC. There’s also access into a single garage with its automatic vehicle door – offering the ideal space to generate an income via AirBnB for example, or even create a luxury office. Read more 

Zetland House – Little Bytham

In an elevated position with an outlook of the surrounding rolling landscape, Zetland House is a very substantial, beautifully presented house offering: 7 bedrooms, 7 reception rooms and a total of almost 5,000 square feet of accommodation. The annexe has three bedrooms upstairs, the master a light-filled, south-facing room with double doors onto a Juliet balcony where the countryside views are superb. It also enjoys an en suite and a walk-in dressing room. The other two bedrooms, one perhaps a study, share a Jack and Jill bathroom. Downstairs, the space is divided primarily in two with a hallway in between. On one side, a spacious dual aspect kitchen dining room has views of the formal garden in front of the cattery and doors to the outside on two aspects. On the other, to the south, a huge living room linking with a dining area is down steps and has bi-folding doors onto some raised decking providing a wonderful connection between the inside and outside. A utility room is alongside. Read more

Old Welland Cottage – Spalding

This is an immaculate Georgian property with big Victorian bays, and for a large part of the C20th operated as The Welland Inn. The one bedroomed annexe has separate access from outside – actually designed for a wheelchair with all the internal doors extra wide to accommodate one. It also has its own kitchenette, separate shower with basin and WC and a large bedroom with French doors onto a patio. A low brick wall enclosing this paved area could easily form (subject to planning) the base of a sunroom extension providing a sitting room. The annexe is a superb asset as it could allow either an elderly parent to live alongside or a young adult child, waiting to step onto the property ladder, some independence, or even be let out. Read more

Find Out More? 

For more information about these homes, or to be kept up to date on those we will be selling in the future, contact Jan or Ildi on 01780 750 200 or 01832 808 008.

Unique Buildings Converted Into Homes

Converted homes are very popular with buyers, whether converting from scratch or buying something that has already been lovingly resorted. From a former school, church and bank to a windmill, lifeboat station or watermill, thousands of unique buildings have been transformed into amazing homes by many self-builders across the country, giving them a brand new lease of life. We currently have a former post office, coach house, barn and pub for sale, so we thought we’d give you a bit more information about them…

Old Welland Cottage – a converted pub

For a large part of the C20th, this building originally operated as The Welland Inn. This fine house was bought by the current owners in 2009 as a derelict pub and has been completely transformed over the last decade by stripping it back to its bare bones and starting almost from scratch. Key works include adding a new roof incorporating Welsh Penrhyn slates and clay pantiles, improved insulation, flooring re-laid using the original refurbished pub floorboards, a brand new Heat Recovery system, re-rewiring, re-plumbing and a new drainage system that includes a well and soakaway outside that automatically feeds the fruit trees. The owners have also installed a working repro Victorian handpump which is a nice exterior feature for watering the garden. Read more

The Coach House – a converted coach house

This is an immaculately presented, converted coach house which is almost 300 years old, and astonishingly for its age, the owners have managed to upgrade its EPC from an F to a D! The property provides the perfect accommodation for multi-generational living with a two bedroom annex on one side and a spacious home with five bedrooms on the other whilst a good-sized, landscaped garden faces east and south. Read more

Chapel Lane – a converted post office

Chapel Lane is a charming, Grade II listed former post office, located in the popular Rutland village of Barrowden. As carved in the stone surround of the tall, central, arched window, the main part of the house was built in 1823 and the brick post office, with its pretty bargeboard on the gable end, added to one side in the late 1880s. With four reception rooms and four bedrooms all set over three floors, and a delightful spacious, walled rear garden, this is a highly desirable property in a much sought after location. Read more

Grange Court – a converted barn

Grange Court is an immaculately presented, Grade II listed stone barn conversion on the edge of the Lincolnshire village of Carlby. It sits in an idyllic setting discreetly hidden from view and arranged around a central courtyard which opens out onto gently sloping, South-facing landscaped gardens and a paddock with open countryside views beyond. In a cluster of four properties, the barn and neighbouring farmhouse date back to the 1800s and were originally owned by the Brownlow and Cust families. Part of the barn would have provided shelter for pigs and cattle or sheep, with a covered crew yard, and a hay barn in the two-storey section. Read more

Find Out More? 

For more information about these stunning conversions, or to be kept up to date on those we will be selling in the future, contact Jan or Ildi on 01780 750 200 or 01832 808 008.

Homes to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

A special extended bank holiday weekend this week is allowing communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the Queen becoming the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, which marks 70 years of service. In celebration of this historic milestone, we have selected some of our homes for sale offering the perfect venue to host a fantastic party with friends and family…

Seatonthorpe Hall – Thorpe By Water

Where’s not to throw an amazing bash at this colossal home?! Plus you get to create all of the entertaining space yourself, which to us sounds like great fun. Guests will enjoy partying by the poolside or having a game of snooker in the games room once they have enjoyed a few drinks and canapés in the exquisite gardens and a delicious supper in the impressive open plan kitchen/diner. The evening can then continue with one of your favourite Royal films playing in the cinema room which also has a bar. Plus, with six bedrooms and seven bathrooms, there’s plenty of room for your guests to stay over. Read more

Red House Farm – Donington

This is another stunning house where you could have a pool party or a bit of a competition in the games room. The gardens offer the perfect place to enjoy drinks and nibbles, but should the weather take a turn for a worse, there is a magnificent orangery-style conservatory to move into. You could have games galore on these lawns…. pin the tail on the donkey, badminton or croquet perhaps? Guests don’t need to worry about driving home either as with five bedrooms plus a bedroom in the annexe, there’s plenty of space to sleep. Read more

The Village – Orton Longueville

This charming Grade II listed former rectory is set over three floors including 8 bedrooms, and is full of original features including Georgian sash windows, panelling and fireplaces your guests will adore. There is just under an acre of gardens which includes a pretty patio terrace for sitting down with friends and family. At the centre of the house is a splendid open-plan area for cooking, dining and relaxing. A recent orangery extension is filled with natural light from the huge roof lantern, double-height windows, and bi-folding French doors that open out to the terrace, seamlessly blending the interior and outdoor spaces, perfect for summer entertaining. Read more

The Coach House – Colsterworth

This is a stunning converted coach house which provides the perfect accommodation for guests to stay over after your celebrations. There is a two bedroom annex on one side and a spacious home with five bedrooms on the other. Meanwhile, a landscaped garden and a terrace provide the perfect setting for drinks, canapés or even al fresco dining. Although if it’s too cold, you can feel like you are outside when sitting in the kitchen or living room as they both have a wonderful connection with the gardens. For that extra touch, why not cook supper using the ingredients you have grown in your very own vegetable patch? You can then serve a delicious pudding using the fruit from your fruit trees. Read more

Chapel Lane – Barrowden

For a more intimate gathering, this charming Grade II listed home is ideal. It has an oak framed garden room and a spacious walled garden and patio surrounded by pretty box balls, hedging and topiary, offering the perfect place for entertaining friends and family. Guests will also be in awe of the charm and character that is in abundance everywhere they look. It’s a former post office and offers plenty of light. Read more

The Weathervane – Wadenhoe

The garden is completely enclosed and not overlooked at all. It features a spacious, paved terrace directly along the back of the house over which a rainproof pergola has recently been erected for all-weather dining, easily reached from both sets of French doors making it ideal for entertaining. Read more

Find Out More? 

We have many more homes offering plenty of space for entertaining friends and family. Contact Jan or Ildi on 01780 750 200 – we would be delighted to show you round any of our homes.

In The Press… Country & Town House

This gorgeous Grade II Listed Georgian home offers elegant country living in a leafy corner of Peterborough. We are delighted to see it in the press again – this time for Country & Town House’s round up of best homes new to market. Its location is highly desirable: it’s quiet yet only a 10 minute drive from Peterborough station, with its excellent transport links. Meanwhile, inside, the rooms are typically Georgian – they’re well-proportioned with high ceilings and sash windows – but they’ve all been beautifully modernised to leave them feeling fresh and stylish. Read the full article here.

For more information about this beautiful home, why not have a look at it on our website?!