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The EU referendum brought transactions to a standstill in most of Q1 and Q2, and Sweeting is relieved that the Brexit panic is finally waning: ‘Everyone is looking forward to going forward… Now they’re just getting on with it, really!’

The resulting fall of the pound after Brexit has created many opportunities for international buyers, but stock turnover is yet to catch up with incoming demand, he says. He remains positive about achieving equilibrium: ‘There’s certainly been a short of property around, but I think there will be more coming into the market.’

A key player in the country landscape, Knight Frank’s country department head has been living and breathing the countryside his entire adult life, having joined the firm 30 years ago after graduating in rural land management from the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester. He currently manages a team of 26, and believes that to achieve greatness, one should not be afraid to employ candidates ‘who are better than you’. He mentions a memorable quote he’s read in a book written by Sir Alex Ferguson: ‘What you can’t have is an individual player; you’ve got to have a team player.’

Clients and peers cite his endless patience and sensitivity on tricky sales, vouching that if he’s selling for you ‘no one will work harder’, but if you’re buying from him he’ll always drive a hard bargain. Industry experts echo that praise: ‘Rupert is one of the best-connected agents in the industry,’ says one. ‘A true countryman renowned for his unwavering integrity.’