To Let: opportunities money just can’t buy

When it comes to houses, two contrasting examples unlikely to ever be for sale are Hinton Ampner Place, at Hinton Ampner, and The High Barn, Hawkley, near Liss.

Hinton Ampner Place (available in the New Year for £6,000 per month) is an 18th Century parsonage of exceptional architectural and historic interest. It’s an impressive family home with layout options depending on whether the next tenants favour a formal drawing room with separate kitchen or an open plan kitchen / living space.

Many period features remain at this National Trust house; sash windows with original opening shutters, Victorian-style radiators, Georgian panelled doors with moulded architraves and moulded cornicing to the principle rooms, together with stripped wooden floors.

The ground floor has two or three reception rooms, subject to kitchen choices, utility, entrance hall, rear hall, and cloakroom. Below are three cellar rooms while on the two floors above are six bedrooms, three bathrooms, and four attic bedrooms. There’s also a detached cottage built in the 1960s that’s ideal for extended family or staff occupation plus further outbuildings.

It’s rare to find such a blend of minimalist modern architecture and traditional brick and flint materials as can be discovered at The High Barn.

The property is a five bedroom, five bathroom country house converted into a contemporary home with features such as tall, simple glazed panels to the old double height barn doors.

However, it is the kitchen / breakfast room accessed via a passage under the lawn, and built of stark, white rendered side walls with a glazed front wall opening onto a sunken slate terrace that is the pièce de résistance.

“These two simply stunning houses are surrounded by the South Downs National Park, some of the most outstanding countryside in southern England and offering superb recreational opportunities,” explains Zaza…