Country View 2021: The ultimate guide to the finest country property

Welcome to the 2021 edition of Country View, Knight Frank’s annual publication dedicated to showcasing the very best in country property and lifestyle from across the UK. When we launched our last edition of Country View at the beginning of 2020, little did we know what the year ahead had in store for us. However, as we begin 2021 on a more promising note with the approval and rollout of vaccines, now is a good time to reflect and take stock, particularly when it comes to the country property market. While many areas of the economy have struggled, the country market has once again not just shown its resilience but experienced something of a renaissance. Pent-up demand during lockdown created a record-breaking run of activity during the summer and autumn of 2020. There has been a clear desire for more space and greenery, but what we are seeing is far more than a Covid-induced fad, and instead a real lifestyle movement towards rural living. Therefore, in this year’s edition, we’ve explored some of the ways in which the rural renaissance has gained momentum. Discover how the ability to work from home either permanently or more frequently has led to a rise in demand for unusual home office spaces (p6); the emergence of the agricultural-inspired, harmonious ‘Cottagecore’ aesthetic (p7); and how former F1 driver Mark Webber fell in love with the British countryside (p9). That’s all before our expert regional insight from Knight Frank’s network of offices, as well as browsing our selection of the very finest country properties currently on the market.

I hope you enjoy reading this year’s contributions, and you’ll agree that now really is the time to make your country property dreams a reality.

Edward Rook

Head of the National Country Department