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Moving,
moved forward

We set up The Country House Department because we felt the traditional estate agency model was selling some exceptional properties short.

A bee on a flower at one of The Country House Department's properties

We know what matters when you’re moving and we’re determined to move things forward.

With us, you’ll deal exclusively with professionals who have years of experience selling country homes in your market. The Country House Department are not hand-cuffed by the costs and care-taking demands of high-street offices. That means we can spend more time on you, on your buyers and on getting your home noticed.

We also believe there’s a more powerful way of presenting property. Combining deep local knowledge with immersive marketing methods, we showcase the lifestyle – inviting buyers into the world beyond your walls.

We do all of this without resorting to the opaque commission model that treats sellers unfairly. In this way, we can finally do justice to the finest country homes.

Meet our founders
Andrew Russell and Ben Bentley

The Country House Department Founders are Andrew Russell and Ben Bentley

Ben and Andrew are country home specialists with years of experience selling houses in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and The Cotswolds. Both senior property professionals, they met whilst working for one of the country’s leading national estate agents, where they discovered they shared similar ideas on the service that sellers should receive.

Andrew Russell was formerly based in Mayfair, where he handled the sale of properties across the home counties. In 2017, he moved to Oxfordshire with his young family, to head-up a regional office. Here he oversaw the sales of some of the most beautiful country homes in Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Seriously proactive in his approach, Andrew is an estate agent who brings energy to his client relationships and a keen focus on achieving the best possible results.

Ben Bentley was formerly based in Cirencester where, from 2014, he focused on selling properties in some of the most desirable addresses in the Cotswolds, an area he has deep expertise in, having now lived there for well over ten years. Ben is a personable and highly effective estate agent, with meticulous attention to detail and a passion for presenting properties in the way they deserve. In 2020, they founded The Country House Department, because they believed in a better way…

Meet our founders

Andrew Russell and Ben Bentley
The Country House Department Founders are Andrew Russell and Ben Bentley

Ben and Andrew are country home specialists with years of experience selling houses in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and The Cotswolds. Both senior property professionals, they met whilst working for one of the country’s leading national estate agents, where they discovered they shared similar ideas on the service that sellers should receive.

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Meet the team

co-Founder

Ben Bentley

Ben Bentley is a country house specialist, based in the Cotswolds, where he has operated for a number of years having previously worked for one of the country’s leading national estate agents. Here, he focuses on selling properties across some of the most desirable addresses in the Cotswolds – an area he has deep expertise in, having now lived there for well over ten years. Ben is a personable and highly effective estate agent, with meticulous attention to detail and a passion for presenting properties in the way they deserve. In 2020, Ben co-founded The Country House Department alongside Andrew Russell.

co-Founder

Andrew Russell

Andrew Russell is a senior property professional based in Oxfordshire. Andrew comes with a huge amount of experience having previously worked in Mayfair, where he handled the sale of properties across the home counties for one of the country’s leading national estate agents. In 2017, he moved to Oxfordshire with his young family. He oversees the sales of some of the most beautiful country homes in Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Seriously proactive in his approach, Andrew is an estate agent who brings energy to his client relationships and a keen focus on achieving the best possible results. In 2020, Andrew co-founded The Country House Department alongside Ben Bentley.

Regional Director

James Butler

James Butler is an agent with deep experience in prime residential markets. From selling high-end properties across central London and the home counties, to twelve years heading-up a regional office that specialised in country homes, James brings his clients the knowledge and passion of a twenty-year property career. Originally from the New Forest – and with his own children now attending schools in Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset – James has first-hand experience of the great opportunities buyers have when exploring this region.

Operations Director

Harry Griffiths

Harry Griffiths is an operations professional with expertise in property. Having worked with two leading national agents – across some of the most dynamic markets – he is instrumental in the smooth-running of high-value sales. Leading our central functions, Harry works closely with the team to ensure they can devote undivided attention to our clients and their properties. Harry is incredibly contentious and ensures that buyers and sellers receive the highest level of service, allowing for the process to run as smoothly as possible.

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GET UNDIVIDED ATTENTION FOR YOU AND
YOUR PROPERTY

1.

A more proactive way
of moving…

We spend more energy on what matters. You won’t find The Country House Department on the high street, so you won’t suffer traditional inefficiencies. Instead, you’ll deal exclusively with our Founding Directors, who can invest more of their time into getting your country home noticed and who will conduct every viewing personally.

A beautiful country home courtyard framed by foliage
The Country House Department are estate agents with expertise in rural properties

SHOWCASE
YOUR WORLD NOT YOUR
WALLS

2.

A more captivating way
of moving…

Bring your country home to life with virtual tours, drone footage, lifestyle photography and immersive social content. With The Country House Department, you’ll work with experts who know your area intimately and can give buyers the full experience.

A FAIRER
FEE FOR THE FAIREST
HOMES

3.

A fairer way of moving…

Commission is a dark art. Two quotes are rarely the same and it’s impossible to tell exactly what you’re getting for your investment. So, The Country House Department uses a simple, transparent fee structure instead. No double standards, no hidden costs.

A contemporary open plan interior

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