How much does the average country house cost?

The annual cost of a country house is about £115,000, excluding major project repairs such as reroofing.

That includes:

Community charge:

£4,000

Buildings and contents

insurance: £15,000

Heating and lighting:

£8,000

Professional fees for

accountants: £3,000

Wages for two full-time

and three part-time

staff: £20,000

Building maintenance:

£20,000

Security and picture

restoration: £10,000

Gardeners' wages:

£25,000

Garden equipment:

£10,000

Profits from opening to the public: £15,000

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