Country houses for sale

15 absolutely beautiful character properties for sale at under £400,000

Wild properties in the Highlands, quaint cottages, handsome conversions 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.

Norham, Northumberland — £375,000

Built in the early 1800’s in the pretty village of Norham – just a stone’s throw from the Northumberland coast — sits this beautifully presented, three bed, Grade II listed Georgian home.

Inside, the exquisite interiors have been completely restored by the current owners with no small detail left untouched. Bold, jewel-toned walls stand out against original sash windows, whilst exposed floor boards in the reception rooms and flag stone flooring in the kitchen give a classic, country-house feel.

A new extension just off from the kitchen leads into the garden and makes a wonderful home office or potential breakfast room. The striking black clapboard of the extension juxtaposes magically with the properties original stonework, which once formed part of the medieval Norham Castle before it’s decay.

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

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Shepton Mallett, Somerset — £400,000

Down in the West Country, within walking distance of Shepton Mallett, stands this utterly charming, utterly derelict cottage, simply known as ‘The Cottage.’

The current stone barn sits in an idyllic, rural location, surrounded by countryside with its own 1.5 acre paddock — and it doesn’t take a professional to see the potential spilling out of this place.

With all the necessary planning permissions, ‘The Cottage’ could be transformed into a glorious 2-3 bed home offering 800 sq ft of accommodation in a truly stunning location. We suggest running, not walking on this one.

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

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Bircher, Herefordshire — £395,000

Impressive exposed timbers feature in many rooms at this sweet four bed barn conversion in Herefordshire, but it is the huge bressummer beam that sits over the stone fireplace in the sitting room which is potentially most magnificent of all.

A fresh and modern kitchen centres between the integral garage and utility room and the timber-clad dining and reception room. Upstairs are three decent sized bedrooms plus a much smaller fourth which could be transformed into a snug home office.

Outside, the private and well-established garden is formed of a mixture of lawn, herbaceous plants and borders and a feature pond.

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

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Penzance, Cornwall — £400,000

Granted, a 5:1 bedroom to bathroom ratio doesn’t fill us with much confidence either, but when you see just how close this end of terrace house is to the sea-front in Penzance, the bathroom oversight might just slip from your mind…

Other features which prove an affective distraction technique include the large kitchen with its duck egg blue aga, rustic wooden floorboards and adjoining light-filled garden room.

The interiors are generously sized and with a healthy lick of paint, they could be wonderfully elevated. A lofty reception room with tall ceilings, more exposed floor boards and huge sash windows plus a private rear courtyard complete the setup.

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

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Roberton, Scotland — £390,000

‘Magnificent!’ claim the agents opening line when discussing this mid 19th century property in Scotland, with its striking three dormer windows and unparalleled views across the valley and fields beyond. And to be fair, they’re not wrong.

Inside there are a whole host of glorious original features including a stained-glass window in the dining room and a charming traditional sitting room with an exposed stone wall and open fireplace.

The five bedrooms are all well-proportioned: some with dual aspect windows over the surrounding countryside and others with exposed ceiling timbers. The especially large attic room could in turn become a spacious home office or yoga/gym space.

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

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Market Lavington, Wiltshire — £400,000

Tucked up in Wiltshire is this utterly charming thatched home aptly named ‘The Rest’. The quaint two bed property dates back to the mid to late 1600s and was extended last year to form a dual aspect study, walk-in-pantry and roof terrace.

Its white wash façade, thatched roof and quintessential English country garden create the most idyllic atmosphere which is thoroughly reflected inside, too.

A huge stone inglenook fireplace sits proudly in the sitting room, whilst the two double bedrooms overlook the garden below. The recent addition of the roof terrace provides a fantastic space to take in the surroundings and enjoy elevated al fresco living whilst the insulated cabin in the garden could be a fantastic home studio/work space.

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

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Crediton, Devon — £385,000

A traditional 17th century Devon Longhouse on the outskirts of the village of Copplestone, near Crediton joins our roundup. The property was thoroughly renovated in recent years to create a spacious four bed family home.

Inside, flagstone flooring, feature fireplaces with woodburning stoves and a traditional farmhouse kitchen complete the downstairs accommodation. Outside there is plenty of parking spaces plus a lawned garden flanked by mature trees.

Located just next to the house is a two-storey barn which already has planning permission granted to create further accommodation. The barn is currently used as a workshop and proves an exciting project for those looking for additional space.

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

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Scottish Highlands — £385,000

A few miles north of Pitlochry in the brilliantly-named village of Killiecrankie, you’ll find this very pretty four-bedroom farmhouse. Very pretty in terms of the building and the surrounding land, that is, for inside it essentially needs gutting.

There’s not a huge amount of land — 1.66 acres — but the property does come with the old stone-built steading, which is ripe for development subject to permission.

The rewards of hard work here could be huge: the location and views are wonderful, it’s not far off the main road, and there’s no need to fear isolation: the bustling Highlands hub of Pitlochry is just a few minutes away.

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

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Bramerton, Norfolk — £400,000

In a village just south-east of Norwich not far off the coast road to Great Yarmouth, this beautiful thatched cottage is as picturesque inside as it is out.

From the thatched roof down to the tiled floors, there are character features everywhere, and the place has very evidently been beautifully cared for.

Outside, the gardens are just as delightful, with a large lawn and — in what will be a huge draw for many — a separate thatched, brick-built outhouse with power and plumbing that’s used as a home office. Perfect.

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

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Seaton, Devon — £395,000

Five bedrooms — yes, five — in a house just 200 yards from the beach? That alone will have ears pricking up, but this is something a little different to the norm.

This is a hair salon with home above for sale on the high street in Seaton, on a pedestrian-friendly street practically next door to the town library.

Right now the shop is leased so you’d need to make your enquiries, and this opportunity won’t be for everyone, but there’s potential here for those who’ve thought of trading everything in and setting up a lifestyle business — a craft shop, perhaps, or a tea room? Chances like this don’t come along too often.

For sale with John Wood & Co. See more pictures of this property or request further details from the agent.

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Holywell, Wales — £369,995

This converted windmill in north Wales has views all the way out to sea, for sale for the first time in decades after being in the same family for several generations.

The conversion has been handled very well and the place is in extremely good condition — and there are some lovely touches making the most of the architecture, not least in the charming children’s bedroom at the top.

Those views are the main draw, however, while there are also several outbuildings that include a workshop — there’s potential here for much more than just a place to live.

For sale with New Home 4 U. See more pictures of this property or request further details from the agent.

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Trefasser, Pembrokeshire — £425,000

A fabulous opportunity to buy a 10-acre plot and create your own home from scratch, just yards from the spectacular cliffs that plunge into the Irish Sea.

As the picture shows, there is a LOT of work to be done here, but full permission is in place to renovate and extend to turn the stone cottage that still stands into a 3/4 bedroo home that will have stunning views and a huge amount of space.

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

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Tain, Easter Ross, Scotland — £375,000

You can count on your money going that little bit further in Scotland, proven here with this charming five bedroom Georgian house.

The former manse lies on the southern shores of the Dornoch Firth — an area known for its sandy beaches and excellent fishing opportunities.

The property is in immaculate condition, largely due to the face that it has been in the same family for 40 years and thanks to a recent refurbishment.

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

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Talygarn, Rhondda, Wales — £395,000

Fancy a mini-castle for less than £400,000? Then head to Talygarn Manor and Country Park, near Pontyclun, in Wales.

Spanning three floors, this crenellated building has a sitting room and kitchen and breakfast room on the ground floor, two bedrooms on the second floor and the master suite and another bedroom on the top floor.

From there, a landing leads to the roof terrace, which takes in superb views of the country park. As well as having its own private patio garden, the property also has access to the development’s communal gardens.

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

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Wimborne, Dorset — £400,000

You’ll have to both have a cheeky offer accepted and be prepared to do some work to pick up this house with a £400,000 budget — but it’s been for sale for a few weeks now, so it’s worth a go. And the reward could be truly special, for this is a lovely cottage in a famously charming town.

While the house looks like it’s escaped from a Thomas Hardy novel on the outside, there is a lot of updating to be done within. It’ll be worth it: enough period features (such as stone floors) are in place to suggest what this four-bedroom Georgian home could become.

There is also a lovely enclosed garden — not lawned — at the back, as well as off-road parking.

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

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