Country houses for sale

Property with potential: Renovation projects for sale

Wanted: brave new owners with patience and imagination.

Falmouth, Cornwall — £675,000

A 3,600 sq ft, five-bedroom townhouse on the bay at a price like this tells its own story: there’s huge potential, but plenty to be done at Stratton Terrace.

There’s almost a shabby-chic feel to a house full of character features: an original flagged floor on the lower ground floor at the rear, wooden panelled doors, original cornices, high ceilings, marble fireplaces, a turned staircase with mahogany bannister and sash windows with working shutters.

The rewards would be huge: the house enjoys a prime position with wonderful views over Falmouth Harbour and the countryside beyond, while The Royal Cornwall Yacht Club is only 200 metres away and Falmouth High Street a few minutes’ walk beyond. And there’s money to be made: a slightly bigger home nearby is for sale at double the price, while a three-bed flat nearby on the harbour recently fetched £1.2m.

For sale with Savills. See more pictures and details about this property.


Whitland, Carmarthenshire — £270,000

How much needs doing at this house near St Clears? We’ll put it this way: in what is a genuine first in my four years at Country Life, this is a house that scores ‘1’ on the Energy Efficiency Rating.

It’s almost impressive that a home could be so open to the elements.

The evidence suggests that this is a project half-finished, and it’s no surprise to see that someone has taken it on in the past: agents BJP note that there is ‘tremendous potential to convert into a stunning 4 bedroom residence together with a self contained annex, or a substantial 6/7 bedroom house’.

The day that happens clearly lies some time in the future, but there is good news for those who’d like to live here while they work on it: a static caravan on the site is included as part of the deal, as is four acres of land.

For sale with BJP Residential, Llandeilo via OnTheMarket. See more pictures and details about this property.


Apperley, Gloucestershire — £575,000

Yew Tree House is a four-bedroom detached home with masses of charm and beautiful gardens that’s listed as an ‘exciting renovation opportunity’.

Obviously any buyers would have to make their own careful enquiries, but certainly on the face of things it seems that the work that needs doing here is cosmetic rather than structural — not bad for a building that’s over 300 years old.

The house isn’t far from Tewkesbury, and is thus easily accessible to Cheltenham, Gloucester and the rest of the nation.

For sale with Savills. See more pictures and details about this property.


Cornwall — £225,000

There’s no getting away from it: Primrose Farmhouse is a wreck. The pictures here show exactly the sort of thing you’re getting yourself into.

On the plus side there’s a lot of flexibility and potential: the agents note that it is ‘suitable either as one large family home or to create two smaller semi detached cottages, which most likely was the original form of the property’.

If kept as one home it could be truly special, a four-bedroom house of almost 2,000 sq ft in an incredibly pretty village called Chacewater, not far from Redruth and Truro, and a short hop from the A30.

For sale with Philip Martin via OnTheMarket. See more pictures and details about this property.


Honiball, Devon — £200,000

Even the cooker looks like it belongs in a museum at this quirky property, a former schoolhouse that has evidently been converted before going to seed.

That said, there are plus points. There’s lots of light, beautiful windows and parquet flooring that looks like it could be great again, with the right TLC. On top of that the location in this fine village near Taunton has much to recommend it.

The gardens complete the look, making it seem as if a princess who’s asleep for 100 years must be waiting inside. Any chivalrous knight hoping that’s the case is apt to be disappointed; those looking for property with potential, however, will probably be thrilled.

For sale with Stags via OnTheMarket. See more pictures and details about this property.


Cross Hands, Llanelli — £289,950

Not just a house on offer at this Welsh cottage, but a smallholding of 3.72 acres with views for miles across the local countryside.

And while it has a definite whiff of haunted house about it at first glance, further inspection suggests that there’s nothing particularly scary about what you’re taking on here.

It’s a good-sized three-bedroom house, with central heating, double glazing in some rooms and large gardens with orchard, a stone-built barn and a workshop, as well as the fields and paddocks.

For sale with BJP Residential, Llandeilo via OnTheMarket. See more pictures and details about this property.


Fife — £875,000

The turrets clinging to the golden stone of this just-big-enough home near St Andrewsgive it a delightful feel of a castle that you can live in — and a place where you can gaze out on the countryside from your castellated roof terrace.

There’s no getting away from the fact that this is an 18th century house which has seen better days, and a bit of decorating will likely be needed to restore it to its full glory.

But any work will be well worthwhile for a nine-bedroom full of period charm — not least the grand entrance hall with columns and a sweeping staircase .

For sale with Savills. See more pictures and details about this property.


Argyll & Bute — £209,500

Whenever putting together these round-ups, we come across all sorts of places which have us reaching for a calculator and figuring out some sums — but rarely do we get as excited as in the case of Glenralloch Farmhouse, on the peninsula which leads down to the Mull of Kintyre.

It’s a gorgeous, six-bedroom home — C-listed — a couple of miles from the harbour at Tarbert. As well as the beautiful main house — which undoubtedly needs a lot of work doing — the property also includes a range of outbuildings that could easily (subject to permission) be converted into offices, workshops or even holiday cottages.

For sale with Stewart Balfour & Sutherland. See more pictures and details about this property.


Buckinghamshire — £885,000

The listing pulls no punches for this Grade II-listed house in Chalfont St Giles: ‘in need of complete refurbishment and renovation’ is the message here. Yet given the price, location and space on offer this seems a fine opportunity at £50k less than the asking price for a nearby modern bungalow not far away.

The four-bedroom, three-storey house is full of charm and archaic touches, but it’s the main reception room area which makes us think of what this could be: a huge, triple-aspect living-dining room with a pair of inglenook fireplaces. Outside, the garden is a real highlight too.

For sale with Knight Frank. See more pictures and details about this property.


Carmarthen — £420,000

The eye-catching, crumbling stone building here — actually a former cowshed — is a great opportunity for someone wanting to take on a project while living in comfort as they do so, since the adjacent farmhouse has been completely refurbished already.

In total there are five acres for sale here, including the two buildings you see in the main picture plus various other outbuildings — and permission is in place for holiday cottage conversions.

The setting, not far off the main road between Carmarthen and Llandovery is magical and the views from this hillside location are nothing short of stunning.

For sale with BJP Residential. See more pictures and details about this property.


Kent — £800,000

Not so much a fixer-upper as a tear-it-all-down-and-start-againer, this three-bedroom bungalow for sale near Sevenoaks offers quite an opportunity for an owner with vision, bravery and capital.

The house as it stands is a plain, wooden bungalow, but as agents Knight Frank say ‘it is all about the setting here’: there’s six acres of land, a barn and various other outbuildings which make this an incredible opportunity — subject to the usual consents — to create an amazing home just outside the M25.

For sale with Knight Frank. See more pictures and details about this property.


Fraserburgh — £79,000

‘Ahhh, I remember when all this were fields…’ Well, it still is — but not for long.

Permission for a six-bedroom house has been granted on this 1.2-acre plot in the amusingly-named hamlet of Gash. If you’re looking for an opporunity to start entirely from scratch, this could be it.

For sale with Forbes Property. See more pictures and details about this property.


Lampeter — £280,000

A start has been made on the work that needs doing at this evocative, stone-built barn tucked away down a private track in the Brechfa Forest.

Once finished — if it’s finished off according to the currently-granted permission, of course— this will be a 2/3 bedroom home with seven acres of land, a range of outbuildings and beautiful views.

For sale with Morgan & Davies. See more pictures and details about this property.