It's no secret that the pandemic made many of us rethink where we live. Rents outside London
hit a record high as people relocated to coastal towns and peaceful country villages for a quieter way of life. Rightmove has revealed its five most viewed homes of 2021 so far and they're all in beautiful rural locations, including a couple with stunning lakeside views. They're also eye-wateringly expensive, absolutely gigantic and kitted out to a Kardashian-level spec. There's even a house with its own Olympic-sized equestrian centre because, well, why not? Still, there's never any harm in looking. Check out the top five in this slideshow. Surrey manor house, £30 million This "outstanding modern mansion" is almost like a small village. In addition to nine bedrooms, all with their own bathroom, it has a self-contained flat, two separate cottages, and an indoor swimming pool with spa, gymnasium and treatment room. Wow. Photo: Rightmove Lakeside mansion, Cumbria, £2.4 million Located right on Coniston Water – it even has its own private jetty – this five-bedroom home is nestled in a gorgeous corner of the Lake District. Because it's set back from the road, it also benefits from an enviable amount of privacy. Photo: Rightmove Essex mansion, £15 million This lavish Essex mansion is fit for The GC herself. Not only does it have a spa area with swimming pool, sauna and stream room, but there's an Olympic-sized equestrian centre and stables on site. Photo: Rightmove Waterfront mansion, Cornwall, £2.5 million This five-bedroom home near Truro has panoramic views over Restronguet Creek. According to the description, it's "the ultimate house from which to watch the sunset with a glass in your hand", which sounds pretty fine to us. Photo: Rightmove The Chanters House, Devon, £5.95 million This period property is so characterful it's been used for photo shoots and as a wedding venue. Its centrepiece is The Grand Library, a stunning room that's home to more than 22,000 books. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?