The school yearstarts here

The school run takes on a new meaning when children board. Le Sommelier looks at property for the world's most generous parents.

CHARMING FOR The Cheltenham Ladies College, Cheltenham College, Dean Close

If you aspire to a suitably stately seat in the ra-ra-ra country of Gloucestershire, but those boarding fees leave you strapped for cash, Grade II* listed Sandywell Park could be just the ticket. Located five miles from the Regency town and its racecourse, Butler Sherborn (01451 830731) is instructed on a £395,000 two/three-bedroom maisonette that enjoys glorious views over 6.5 acres of communal gardens and parkland; residents also share an outdoor heated swimming pool and tennis court.

BRILLIANT FOR Bryanston, Canford, Milton Abbey, Sherborne Girls, Sherborne School

Wilton Place is set in two-acre gardens in the heart of the pretty Wiltshire market town of Wilton, three miles from Salisbury (Waterloo 83 minutes). Combining convenience and seclusion, the generous eight-bedroom accommodation includes a 12-seater kitchen/breakfast room and a house-keeper’s annex. Strutt & Parker (020 7629 7282) is seeking £3.95 million.

TERRIFIC FOR Tonbridge, Benenden and Sevenoaks School

Some three miles from Tonbridge town centre, the school and station (Charing Cross 40 minutes), a seven-bedroom grade II family home is on the market for £1.75 million through Humberts (020 7594 4746). Within its four acres is a walled garden with a swimming pool and a tennis court that s thoughtfully hidden from the house.

WICKED FOR Wycombe Abbey, Radley College, St Edward’s Oxford

‘Lock up you daughters’ in this charming moated farmhouse at Broughton, 1.8 miles from Aylesbury, Bucks (Marylebone 60 minutes). Featuring exposed beams, a bread oven and inglenook fireplace, the Grade II former hall house costs £1.1 million through John D Wood (01865 311522). It has five bedrooms and 2,2 acre grounds with a paddock and stream.

WELL PLACED FOR Winchester College, Marlborough, Downe House, St Swithun’s School

This Grade II seven-bedroom house ticks all the boarders’ boxes. It has a swimming pool, tennis court, a large party barn, three wine cellars and a three-bedroom annex for teenager sleepovers. Located one mile from Overton station (Waterloo 57 minutes) in Hampshire, it is set in 16 acres of gardens and meadows that afford privacy and peaceful views over the River Test. Yours for £4.85 million through Savills (020 7016 3780)

GREAT FOR Gordonstown, further from Fettes

An offer over £1,275,000 could see you and yours residing in an imposing Scottish Baronial mansion. For sale through Knight Frank (0131 222 9600). Rothes Glen House is three miles from the village shops and distilleries at Rothes, eight miles from Elgin and 35 miles from Inverness airport. Built in 1893 and Grade B listed, it was actually occupied by Gordonstown during World War II. Latterly converted back to a sumptuous 11-bedroom residence, you’ll be the toast of parents’ evenings when your children invite chums home on exeat.

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