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:


Buildings and contents

insurance: £15,000

Heating and lighting:


Professional fees for

accountants: £3,000

Wages for two full-time

and three part-time

staff: £20,000

Building maintenance:


Security and picture

restoration: £10,000

Gardeners' wages:


Garden equipment:


Profits from opening to the public: £15,000