Charlie Wells

Prime Purchase

‘The last few months have been interesting,’ says Charlie Wells, MD at Prime Purchase. He has 24 years in farms and estates under his belt, covering everything from commercial farmland to sporting estates and large country houses. Clients are seeking… Read More

Rupert Sweeting

Knight Frank

If you were looking to sell a house in the country, chances are someone would recommend you speak to Rupert Sweeting. Knight Frank’s country head has been living and breathing the countryside for his entire adult life, having joined from… Read More

Mark McAndrew

Strutt & Parker

‘I’ve got the best job in the world — I have seen houses which the world would never see, lots and lots of them,’ Mark McAndrew says. From a property with art worth more than the entire estate, to rare… Read More

Andrew Macpherson

CKD Kennedy Macpherson

‘If you’re in the market to buy a £30-£40 million estate you actually don’t get much of a choice,’ says Andrew Macpherson. ‘There [has been] a very limited number of opportunities over [the past] five years to buy.’ While there… Read More

Jessica Simpson

Jess Simpson Property Search

Jessica Simpson led more than £110 million-worth of acquisitions (including £70 million in solo deals) in 2016, and says she had ‘tripled the turnover’ of Strutt & Parker’s independent buying consultancy before setting up her own consultancy business, Jess Simpson… Read More

Tom Hudson

Middleton Advisors

Since Tom Hudson co-founded Middleton in 2008, its client base has continued to expand thanks to its five-point mantra: focus, independence, trust, diligence and knowledge. ‘It’s a way of encapsulating how we’re different to other people,’ he says. ‘For me… Read More

Clive Hopkins

Knight Frank

Knight Frank boasts more than a century in rural property — and steadfast country hand Clive Hopkins has seen over a quarter of it from within. Hailed as ‘terrific’ and ‘seriously good’ by experts, he heads its farms and estates… Read More

Crispin Holborow

Savills Private Office

‘I’ll never oversell, and I’ll never tell anyone that something is what it isn’t,’ says Crispin Holborow, the farm and country estates expert and Savills veteran of 30 years. ‘It’s important to think about every deal as a long-term relationship,’… Read More

Edward Heaton

Heaton & Partners

‘We are increasingly noticing that clients do not want a buying agent affiliated with one of the selling agents, for obvious reasons,’ says Ed Heaton. ‘That’s becoming a major issue for a lot of people.’ A respected country operator with… Read More

Jonathan Harington


‘I have seen every market, but never one like 2016 before,’ says Jonathan Harington, who has over 42 years’ experience. The further rise in stamp duty has left the high-end country market in an ‘absolute shambles’, he says: ‘The politicians… Read More