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10 of the most beautiful thatched cottages for sale in England, starting from under £250,000

As Bilbo Baggins has it: ‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door.’ Best stay warm, under cover of thatch.

Waldringfield, Suffolk — £1,200,000

Sitting pretty in pink is this charming, Grade II listed former farmhouse.

Complete with two additional holiday let cottages in the grounds (converted from former traditional outbuildings), the four bedroom cottage sits near the River Debden in a quiet, rural setting with two acres of woodland at the back.

The main property offers flexibility in its internal layout with a bed and breakfast suite accessed via the main reception hall that could be transformed into a home office/study.

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

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Wiggaton, Devon — £625,000

A spectacularly pretty cottage not far from Ottery St Mary, with an idyllic garden and four bedrooms.

There’s a fair bit of updating to be done within, but at this price that seems only fair – after all, it’s a house with a pantry, huge utility room, a dining hall plus two sitting rooms, and lots of original features.

The gardens extend to roughly 3/4 acre, while there’s also a garage and workshop — seemingly ideal for somebody wishing to set up a home office.

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

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Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire — £1,550,000

Original flagstone flooring, exposed timbers and an immaculately re-designed interior make up the delightful School Cottage.

Located in the sought after village of Long Compton, the property features six bedrooms, a well-sized sitting room and breakfast room and modern yet classic kitchen.

The downstairs space offers versatility, making it perfect for family life and entertaining.

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

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Worlingworth, Suffolk — £900,000

Dating back to the 15th Century, with later additions added from the 17th century and more recently, is the delightful Potash Farm.

This quintessential ‘Chocolate Box’ style house has beautoful thatched detailing on the exterior windows and exposed ceiling beams running throughout internally.

Surrounded by fruit trees, the property also has a separate two bedroom annexe.

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

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Blandford Forum, Dorset — £1,650,000

Set on the edge of the desirable village of Okeford Fitzpaine is The Old Farmhouse — a beautifully quintessential, former Yeoman’s country house that dates back to the 17th Century.

Having been considerately restored by its current owners, the property features stone and brick elevations and many original period features.

Inside, traditional Inglenook fireplaces harmonise with bright, fresh spaces that help to create a synergy between a traditional farmhouse and modern day living.

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

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Winkleigh, Devon — £1,750,000

Looking like something out of a fairytale is this magical 17th Century thatched cottage located in the depths of Devon.

This delightful property, once the home of the celebrated photographer James Ravilious, sits amongst 11 acres of cottage gardens, private ancient woodland, water meadow and pasture.

Addisford is south facing, with four bedrooms and two reception rooms and a 17th Century oak staircase. It also has two tributaries to the River Torridge flowing through its grounds — further proof that this is infact, the stuff of fairytales.

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

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Storrington, West Sussex — £650,000

This charming Grade II-listed cottage, which dates back to the 16th century, is sure to delight.

Water Lane Farm offers exposed timber, an inglenook fireplace and oak flooring.

Set in large mature gardens, with a number of outbuildings, the property has plenty to offer.

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

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Pitt, Hampshire — £499,000

Set in the small hamlet of Pitt, this 16th century cottage features plenty of period features, including wood casement and cast iron lozenge pane windows.

Its rooms are well-proportioned with good ceiling heights and heaps of character.

Outside, the private garden has a variety of mature shrubs and trees as well as a timber shed.

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

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Martham, Norfolk — £230,000

Built in 1720, this character cottage has an impressive inglenook fireplace, two reception rooms and three bedrooms.

It is nestled in the picturesque village of Martham, within the Broads National Park.

It’s secluded garden is well stocked with a variety of mature plants and shrubs, fruit trees and a timber shed.

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

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Coleshill, Warwickshire — £600,000

Dating back to the 16th century, this recently re-thatched cottage is listed Grade II.

The lovely interiors combine original details — all the exposed beams you may wish — with contemporary touches, such as the sleek kitchen and the bright oak-frame extension.

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

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