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Nine delightful character properties for sale at under £400,000

Quaint cottages in Cornwall, handsome historical homes and beautiful country houses aren't necessarily out of reach even for buyers with average budgets. Here's our pick of some of the best houses under £400,000 for sale today in Britain.

Commins Coch, West Wales — £300,000

We’ve already fallen in love with this absolutely delightful cottage with glorious views down the valley towards Machynlleth and the coast beyond.

It’s a two-bedroom cottage bursting with character features, set in a lovely garden and very liveable — there’s decent broadband, and the main A470 is only a third of a mile away.

What’s the catch? Honestly, the price: for £300,000, those who are after a project could find a 14-bedroom wreck (https://countrylife.onthemarket.com/details/12034440/) for sale nearby via the same agent.

For sale with Morris Marshall & Poole. See more pictures of this property or request further details from the agent.

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Taddington, Derbyshire — £380,000

This recently-converted barn is ideal for those who absolutely, categorically don’t want a project on their hands: the place is immaculate and very nicely done out.

It’s a simple three-bedroom dwelling with a large kitchen-diner and a sitting room, plus a lovely walled garden and great views.

It seems ideal to either move in or pick up as a holiday let: there’s no chain, fast broadband, parking for three cars and a separate barn ideal either as storage or for use as a home office.

For sale with Eadon Lockwood & Riddle. See more pictures of this property or request further details from the agent.

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Flansham, West Sussex — £200,000

Yes, the price is tempting — but you’ll need to budget (at a guess) at least half as much again, for this is merely the shell of a 19th century, stone-built barn.

The good news is that planning permission is in place to convert this into a two-bedroom home — and what a lovely spot it could be, enjoying a pretty village location down a quiet lane nearby to other similarly-aged, flint-knapped homes.

The village connects directly to the main A259 coastal road, with Chichester, Littlehampton and Arundel all within easy reach.

For sale with Henry Adams. See more pictures of this property or request further details from the agent.

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Rogart, Scotland — £150,000

That price isn’t a typo: it really is just £150,000 for this gorgeous, secluded cottage in the Highlands.

A look inside shows that there is plenty to do, but at first glance at least it looks more cosmetic than structural — the bones of this riverside home appear in good shape.

The location is a dream for golfers and whisky lovers: Royal Dornoch, Golspie and Brora are close by on the coast, while Glen Morangie and Clynelish aren’t far away.

For sale with Monster Moves. See more pictures of this property or request further details from the agent.

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St Breward, Cornwall — £300,000

Irresistibly cute and beautifully kept, this stone-built two-bedroom cottage is in St Breward, on the western side of Bodmin Moor, and not far from the north Cornwall coast.

The agents say it’s ‘everything you’d expect from a home of this kind’, and that seems pretty fair: flagstone flooring, exposed granite, wood burning stove and a pretty garden are among the attractions.

The house is currently used as a holiday let but would make a lovely home year-round.

For sale with Bond Oxborough Phillips. See more pictures of this property or request further details from the agent.

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Kent — £425,000

A thatched cottage full of character, a big garden, close to the beach and with fast WiFi and easy access to London? If you’re ticking boxes for your property search, this three-bed semi in a village near Deal will surely clock up most of them.

The interiors are just as striking as the pretty exterior, and while the bold modern decoration won’t be everyone’s cup of tea we have to say we rather like it; why not mix purple lighting with a stag’s heads on the wall? And it’s certainly been extremely well done.

With all that, no surprise that this one busts our £400k budget — but not by much, and in these uncertain days you never know what sort of offer might be heard.

For sale with Miles & Barr. See more pictures of this property or request further details from the agent.

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Gloucestershire — £425,000

Those doors! That wood panelling! And how about the William Morris wallpaper? There’s a huge amount to fall in love with at this three-bed house, so much so that you’ll surely be able to push your budget.

It’s located in a village called Bushley, not far from Tewkesbury, a beautifully rural little place that’s much sought-after.

There’s even a lovely kitchen garden as part of the deal for this cottage that offers a fine slice of Cotswold life.

For sale with Hughes Sealey. See more pictures of this property or request further details from the agent.

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Wiltshire — £400,000

An idyllic thatched cottage in a picture-perfect village called Collingbourne Ducis, this is a gorgeous home in gorgeous surroundings.

It’s a single-storey, two-bedroom home without a lot of space, in all honesty, but for downsizers it looks irresistibly idyllic — and the garden is well-sized

It’s not often that we include a view from the front and away down the street, but in this case it seems justified: this really is the bucolic dream, yet it’s close to Marlborough and Winchester, has easy access to the M4, and is just a few miles from the excellent rail service to London from Andover.

For sale with McFarlane. See more pictures of this property or request further details from the agent.

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West Wales — £375,000

Converted churches always make for wonderful character homes, but the developers have to be careful to keep things homely rather than cavernous — a trick that’s been pulled off very well at this three-bedroom home in Abergynolwyn.

Jerusalem Vestry is a building which is approaching its 150th birthday, split into two dwellings in 2011, one of which is for sale and is — in the words of the agents — is now ‘an outstanding, five-star luxury home’.

Original windows and beams have been retained here and there in the three-storey conversion, and there’s a hot tub on the deck outside which we’ve a feeling would have raised the eyebrows of the original architects…. not to mention the Methodist churchgoers who were the first users of the chapel.

For sale with Legal 2 Move. See more pictures of this property or request further details from the agent.

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