After a characterful and peaceful home which is postcard-perfect? Priced from £335,000 on PrimeLocation, it could be just a stone's throw away.
1. Three-bedroom house, King’s Meaburn, Cumbria, for £335,000
With all the hard work done, this converted stone barn is ready for a new owner to put their stamp on it. Other bonuses include its, 'abundance of natural light and rural views across Lyvennet Valley', says the selling agent.
The three-bedroom character home sits between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Available via H&H King
2. Five-bedroom property, Ickford, Buckinghamshire, for £800,000
Although College Cottage dates back as far as the 1600s, the recent additions of a bespoke kitchen/breakfast room, laundry room, downstairs guest suite and two shower rooms, means it now offers 'flexible modern living', says the selling agent.
Plenty of period features remain inside though, including exposed beams and inglenook fireplaces – perfect for relaxing in winter.
Available via Reaston Brown
3. Three-bedroom country house, Farleigh Hungerford, near Bath, for £900,000
This detached stone property with thatched roof comes with its own separate annexe, and is surrounded by mature gardens which offer views over the Somerset countryside.
Dating back two centuries, the house has been extended and modernised to offer open-plan living. But its period charm remains with features including slate hearths and exposed stone walls.
Available via Purplebricks
4. Four-bedroom detached house, Pennington, Hampshire, for £950,000
When it was built in the early 1700s, this Hampshire property was originally four cottages. Now a large detached family home, it has recently undergone complete restoration to include a new thatched roof and garage complex.
The £950,000 home is within a couple of miles of the picturesque market town of Lymington, where you'll find a marina and yacht club.
Available via Spencers
5. Four-bedroom house, Henham, near Bishop’s Stortford, Essex for £1.05m
Poplar Hall is a Grade II-listed thatched property with detached double garage and outbuilding currently being used as a utility room/occasional office space. The master bedroom has an exposed redbrick wall, and views over the back garden to centuries-old St Mary’s Church, in the rural community of Henham, Essex.
Available via Fine & Country
6. Eight-bedroom property, Gwinear, Cornwall, for £1.5m
Higher Goneva Farm is a small country estate which sits on the edge of a Gwinear, a rural village close to the Cornish coast.
The £1.5m price tag includes several restored Grade II-listed buildings, including The Farmhouse, The Granary and The Hay Barn, all of which could be rented as holiday accommodation or used for multi-generational living.
There's also an agricultural barn (complete with resident barn owls) and equestrian/livestock facilities.
Available via Laskowski & Co
7. Four-bedroom detached house, Milland, West Sussex, for £2m
Set within the South Downs National Park, this charming Grade II-listed stone property dates from the 17th century, and includes an old bread oven and secluded garden with a rural outlook.
Near the main house is a detached stone annexe/cottage, which has a sitting/dining room, bathroom and kitchenette – perfect for visitors, or family wanting their own space.
Available via Hamptons International