Sand ’em down and buff ’em up—these country properties need love.
This unconverted barn in local limestone, a skimming stone’s throw from the River Lune in Newbiggin-on-Lune, is known as The Wath. It enjoys views over the Howgill Fells and comes with approval for a three-bedroom development and an optional half-acre paddock.
H&H Land and Property (01539 721 375)
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In the heart of the Capability Brown landscaped grounds of Shortgrove Hall estate, this former coach house/ barn conversion is approached via two private tree-lined drives. On the edge of the pretty village of Newport and requiring some modernisation, it has four bedrooms, a vaulted entrance hall and a walled garden with a patio, mature shrubs and border plants.
Cheffins (01799 523 656)
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Northamptonshire, offers over £800,000
A genuinely romantic wreck, Manor Farm House in Lower Benefield village, near Oundle, includes the ruins of moated, 12th-century Benefield Castle in its 5½-acre grounds, as well as a converted barn and several other outbuildings. Various works need to be completed before the six-bedroom house is fully habitable.
Strutt & Parker (01858 438 723)
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Somerset, £1.5 million
Limington House, near Yeovil, accessed down a long, sweeping drive, was built in the late 17th century and has later Georgian extensions. Floor-to-ceiling sash windows create a light and airy feel and the views over the 16½ acres of land attached are wonderful, but the Grade II- listed, six-bedroom house is in need of some modernisation. There’s also a lake and numerous outbuildings, including a cow yard, potting shed, apple house and stables, plus an additional two-bedroom cottage that requires renovation.
Strutt & Parker (01722 344 011)
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Thought to date in parts from the 17th century, this five-bedroom farmhouse in Aston Somerville is of Cotswold stone and has an adjacent stableyard with seven loose boxes, a paddock and excellent views over the countryside to the hills beyond.
Jackson-Stops & Staff (01386 840 224)
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Co Cork, €225,000 (£194,119)
Down by the banks of the River Lee stands crumbling Carrignacurra Castle, a 16th-century strong- hold, the name of which means ‘rock of the weir’. It comes with planning permission for much- needed, extensive repair. The five-storey tower house has a spiral staircase, original gun loops, a murder hole—a secret hideaway from which defenders could drop rocks, arrows, scalding water and anything else harmful and to hand on their attackers—and a battlement walk. To date, three timber floors have been added and there has also been some restoration to the roof.
Helen Cassidy Auctioneers (00 353 94 954 6868)