Beautiful country houses often come with price tags which put them out of reach for many – but delightful character properties can be found that are well within reach for most buyers, as these places demonstrate.
This delightful Grade II listed two-bedroom cottage is nestled in the historic town of Sandwich.
Built in the 17th century, it features exposed beams, a fireplace and a delightful rear garden.
The cottage was the home and shop of Mr Thomas Paine in 1759. Mr Paine was an adviser to the founding fathers of the United States and the French Republic.
Set in18-acres of parkland with use of a lake, tennis court, indoor swimming pool and gym, is this four-bedroom barn conversion.
14 Bradfield Hall forms part of a splendid country estate, centered around Bradfield Hall, a Grade II listed manor house.
The property is converted from an original timber frame barn with weather boarded elevations beneath a slate roof.
A short walk from Uppingham’s High Street is this charming Grade II listed character property.
The delightful two-bedroom cottage features an inglenook fireplace and two reception rooms.
It benefits from a south-facing garden, private driveway parking and garage.
Fox Hat Cottage is a charming 16th century Grade II listed property just paces from the town square.
It features a sitting room with fireplace and wood burner and two double bedrooms.
The vibrant town is surrounded by countryside and has good sports facilities with a football and cricket pitch, bowling and tennis club and open air swimming pool.
This beautiful period cottage can be found in a sought after Shropshire Village.
Hazel Cottage dates back to the mid 18th century and is close to the centre of Beckbury village.
The two-bedroom home benefits from a pretty garden and views over an open paddock.
Grade II listed, Forge Cottage is a beautiful thatched house with four bedrooms.
It is situated in the pretty conservation village of Sampford Courtenay, five miles from the town of Okehampton.
The cottage dates from the early 17th century and features beamed ceilings and a large living room with stone fireplace and fixed 17th century bench.
Gorway Cottage dates back to the early 1800’s and is a short distance from Teignmouth town centre.
The three-bedroom character property has delightful walled gardens, which offer a high level of privacy.
It is in excellent condition and has retained much of its character, but with desirable modern upgrades.
Forming part of the Dalnair Castle Estate, the impressive apartment is located outside the village of Croftamie, near Drymen.
Built circa 1884, the Scottish Baronial mansion, with its striking tower and Tudor arched doorway, sits in established woodland with views over surrounding countryside and the Endrick Water.
You’ll have to push the budget a bit — or make a cheeky offer — but we couldn’t leave this off the list. A striking three-storey Category A listed property dating from the 17th century and once home to the Frasers of Memsie.
The handsome home is set within 4.47 acres surrounded by stunning Aberdeenshire countryside.
An enchanting Grade II listed thatched cottage built circa 1604 with many original features and oak flooring throughout.
The property is entirely secluded within its extensive gardens bound by mature trees.
Another one where you’ll have to do some cheeky offering and negotiation — surely the Stamp Duty holiday will help — but this is a beauty: a charming character cottage in a convenient location, enjoying southerly views over open countryside.
The home has been tastefully modernised and boasts three reception rooms and a pretty cottage garden.
A chocolate box Grade II listed thatch cottage in a charming village location.
Set in a substantial plot the delightful garden enhances the appeal of this character cottage.
11 bedrooms in an equestrian facility for under £400,000 sounds unimaginable, but that’s just what you’d be getting with Bailey Mill, placed just 8 miles from Newcastleton in Cumbria’s beautiful Bailey Water Valley.
The first lot includes the main house and four self-catering apartments, as well as the formal gardens. For those really keen on living the countryside life, the second lot includes stables, a ménage, two further apartments and various plots of land. The choice is yours.
There’s an astonishing amount of period character in this extremely pretty cottage, surrounded by a wraparound garden in a village not far from Barry.
A stone fireplace and door surrounds give an almost gothic feel to the place in parts, and it’s lovely to see those original details being preserved – the pretty stone wall in the bathroom being a case in point.
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