A serious amount of work will be needed on any of these places – but it'll all be worth it in the end.
Full of charm and potential, Deeside House in the village of Cowgill is a detached, Grade II-listed former shooting lodge built in 1825, which currently brings in £80,000 a year in holiday rental income.
The adjacent Coach House — available by separate negotiation — is ripe for development, either as a home or another holiday let. With super-fast broadband and good commuting links, this feels like a great lifestyle business for someone looking to escape life in the city.
Beyond idyllic — particularly, we’ll admit, when photographed on a spectacularly sunny day — is this delightful cottage in a rural spot near Aberfeldy.
Garden Cottage is set in a gorgeous walled garden with views over the Tay Valley, and while the work that needs doing is extensive, there’s nothing particularly scary here. Especially not when you consider the modest price tag.
Not just a house but a collection of buildings are on offer at this former, which comes convent complete with its own chapel.
This property, a few miles south of Crediton and not far from Exeter, sits in four and a half acres of land, with fine gardens and a collection of garages and other outbuildings.
The price tag is enormous, but then again so is the potential in this spectacular Georgian townhouse on one of Bath’s finest crescents. What’s more, the work that needs doing is essentially cosmetic rather than structural.
Technically-speaking this isn’t one house but two: a ‘double-house’, numbers 7 and 7 Lansdown Crescent have been knocked together at some point in time — in contrast to so many which have been split into apartments. Thus the prize at the end is potentially one of the grandest homes in the city.
A picture-perfect cottage in this nice village on the outskirts of London, just within the M25, which is a classic fixer-upper: plenty of space, charm and a more-or-less blank canvas to work with.
The house has five bedrooms, plus separate sitting, dining and family rooms, as well as a cellar — and the garden is huge, considering the price of the place.
There is a LOT of work to be done to this property to get it back up to scratch, but the rewards at the end will be spectacular: a 17th century, Grade II*-listed farmhouse near Padstow. The accommodation stretches to almost 20,000 sq ft, plus a range of barns with planning consent given for conversion.
Trenearne Farm is on the market for the first time in a century, and is a ‘very special opportunity to create a wonderful home and lifestyle business’ according to agent Chris Clifford. It’s hard to disagree with that.
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