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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.

Our 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 best served.

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.  We farm ourselves and have done for many years.

Tel: 02392 632775

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 and running our farm in Hambledon.

Tel: 02392 632275

Property sales

Kate Porter


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. Since joining The Country House Company  in 2018 I have enjoyed working alongside this highly experienced team who have decades of experience within the industry.

Tel: 02392 632275

Kate Morton, MARLA

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

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

Jessica Cole

As I previously worked on the conveyancing side of property transactions, was thrilled to join the lettings team within The Country House Company. I enjoy the interaction with landlords and tenants, matching the right tenant to the right property and the best outcome for the client. I am excited to be working as part of such an experienced and dedicated team.

Tel: 02392 632275

Alastair Forrest, 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

Marysia Stickland

After many years of moving around the UK with my husband who is in the Royal Marines I am delighted to come ‘back home’ to Hampshire/West Sussex to work with The Country House Company and bring many years of experience of managing tenants and of being a private landlord to the team.

Tel: 02392 632275

Many thanks for your fantastic help….. Would thoroughly recommend your company.

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