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Why choose us?

Selling, Letting, Managing houses in the country
across the South
Itchen Valley, Test Valley, Meon Valley,
South Downs National Park, New Forest National Park, Surrey Hills

Our approach is client and property led. We offer a proactive, professional and flexible service focusing entirely on each property and the people involved.

Without any of the constraints of corporate estate agency structures we are able to provide a refreshingly different approach combining traditional marketing techniques with digital and social media.

Through our experience and understanding of the everchanging methods of property marketing, we target our campaigns to the right audience, ensuring that each property is promoted to appropriate perspective buyers and tenants, whether in London, local, national or international.

We appreciate the continued importance of the London market to the country house market. With our trained and expert use of portals, social media and digital technology, we access the London applicant base. We reinforce any campaign with traditional marketing including national and local newspaper promotions and advertising, targeted leaflet drops, email campaigns and most important of all we pick up the phone and speak directly to our own extensive applicant base.

Communication is at the very core of our approach and in this ever changing, fast paced world we look forward to taking the time to talk to you about your property options.

The Team

A business is only as good as the people who work there. We are enormously proud of our mutual respect for one another and for the consistency of our ethos across each department. We are collaborative and all work with one objective, to be the very best at what we do so that our clients interests are served in the most professional and beneficial way possible.

Sue Crossley, BSc, MRICS, FARLA

Founder Partner

My husband and I founded the business in 1997. I am a qualified Chartered Surveyor specialising in Land Agency and in particular farming and equestrian property. I also oversee the residential lettings and property management side of the business. We farm ourselves and have done so in Hambledon for many years. We have 4 children.

Tel: 02392 632275

Mob: 07770 817898

Robert Crossley, Bsc

Co-founder, Partner

A mutual interest for property and business led to Sue and I establishing The Country House Company in 1997. Since then I have enjoyed the combination of business, family life and running our farm in Hambledon.

Tel: 02392 632275

Property sales

Kate Porter

Partner, Head of Sales

Following a career in Public Relations and publishing in London and break for family, I began working in the property industry in 2002, specialising in the sale of rural, village and country houses throughout the South of England. Having joined The Country House Company as Head of Sales in 2018 I have enjoyed working alongside this highly experienced team who have decades of experience within the industry.

Tel: 02392 632275

Mob: 07741 909898

Kate Morton, MARLA

Head of Lettings

I have always lived in the Winchester area so was delighted to come back and work here after studying at Harper Adams University; I have been with The Country House Company since January 2012 working in the lettings department.

Tel: 02392 632275

Mob: 07884 494422

Marishelle Butler, MARLA

Head of Marketing & Property Management

I have been working in marketing and PR in Hampshire and nationally for the past 25 years and have been with The Country House Company since September 2010. I have extensive experience of property marketing and management and regard the property industry and Hampshire as ‘home’ in every way!

Tel: 02392 633025

Mob: 07979 908190

Claudia Hunt

After working in a private bank in London for 8 years, we moved out for the rural dream and have never looked back! I live on the Hampshire / West Sussex border and have been with The Country House Company since 2008.

Tel: 02392 632275

Mob: 07790 574766

Katie Denton

Having lived in Petersfield for over 18 years and run a family home, I was delighted to join The Country House Company in June 2014 and put my skills to good use managing a variety of houses large and small, new and old across the area!

Tel: 02392 632275

Pru Bell-Davies

Having worked as a project designer for several Architectural practices in London and Scotland, I then had a family career break, living in the USA and Italy before returning to make our home in rural Hampshire. I have been working at The Country House Company since August 2014.

Tel: 02392 632275

Jessica Cole


I have recently joined the lettings team at The Country House Company, having worked previously on the conveyancing side of property transactions. I am excited to be working as part of such an experienced team and am looking forward to expanding on my existing knowledge.

Tel: 02392 632275

Alastair Forrest, ACF, BSc, ACMA


After graduating in Southampton I decided to stay in the area and qualified as an accountant whilst gaining experience in various businesses. After 25 years in the office products industry, with the family grown up, it was time for a change and I am thoroughly enjoying the new challenge and environment of working for The Country House Company.

Tel: 02392 632275

Islay Pitt

Lettings Co Ordinator

I am delighted to join the Country House team.   Having worked in the hotel hospitality industry and Housing sector for many years in Dubai, London, and Portsmouth. I look forward to this new role as Letting Co Ordinator and working in such a lovely environment.

Tel: 02392 632275

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