Country houses for sale

Nine absolutely beautiful character properties for sale at under £400,000

Quaint cottages in Devon, handsome historical homes and beautiful country houses aren't necessarily out of reach even for buyers with average budgets. Here's our pick of some of the best houses under £400,000 for sale today in Britain.

Kingsbridge, Devon — £400,000

Tucked away in the pretty village of Marlborough, not far from Hope Cove and Salcombe in Devon, is this sweet olive-green terraced cottage.

The accommodation comprises of three bedrooms and a wonderful kitchen/dining room with access onto the large south facing garden to the rear. The interiors have been recently updated by the current owners to create bright, fresh spaces with plenty of cottage charm.

With plenty of space for off-road parking, boat and caravan storage, plus a large private sun deck, this cottage is the perfect — and affordable family home, close to one of the most popular estuaries in Devon.

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

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Hartfield, East Sussex — £395,000

This gorgeous end of terrace house in East Sussex is believed to date back to the 16th century.

Oak timbers, an exposed brick fireplace with a log burner and Victorian black and red quarry tile flooring in the kitchen are just some of the original period features on show here.

Upstairs there are two bedrooms, with a potential smaller third bedroom currently used as a study.

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

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Frogmore, Devon — £400,000

This utterly idyllic thatched cottage in the small village of Frogmore, near Kingsbridge in Devon, is almost too good to be true, with river views from the bedroom and gorgeous interiors and plenty of period features throughout.

Grade II listed, the cottage dates back to the 17th century and offers two/three bedrooms plus secure front and rear gardens.

Flagstone flooring and a large open fire in the inglenook fireplace take centre stage in the sitting room, whilst the views from the bedrooms are simply stunning.

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

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Acharacle, Scotland — £395,000

Constructed of stone under a traditional slate-roof, this elegant four-bed detached home near the coastal village of Kilchoan showcases the very best of Scottish highland living.

The spacious reception rooms boast high ceilings with plenty of character, whilst the well-appointed kitchen/breakfast room offers a more farmhouse style feel with a deep green Rayburn.

Upstairs, the bedroom-bathroom ratio is well balanced at four to three and outside are beautiful mature, sweeping gardens with plenty of space for parking.

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

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Winterborne Whitechurch, Dorset — £400,000

There’s rustic chic, and then there’s this property in the Dorset which is currently erring more on the rustic side.

It’s sale presents a wonderful opportunity to update this charming thatched property — which is essentially a blank canvas — flooded with fantastic features such as herringbone parquet flooring, exposed timbers and inglenook fireplaces.

Outside is an acre of gardens and grounds which are also rife for development.

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

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Wickhampton, Suffolk — £400,000

An absolutely delightful two-bedroom cottage that absolutely oozes character from every weather-beaten brick, as described by the agents as ‘rural living at its finest’.

The setting — in a hamlet with an ancient church, surrounded by fields — and the building itself really are something, though it comes at a price: this is a two-bedroom, semi-detached home in a part of the world where the same money might buy you five bedrooms in a link-detached house.

Yet for the right buyer — one not too worried about bedroom count — this is a dreamy little place, an irresistible bolt-hole from the world.

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

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Fetteresso, Stonehaven, Scotland — £399,000

Live like a knight or a damsel at this townhouse, which is a portion of the converted Fetteresso Castle, where, story has it, the Old Pretender was proclaimed James VIII of Scotland in 1715.

The ground floor houses the kitchen (with a date stone marked 1671) and dining room, which has an exposed stone wall.The living room, with its decorative fireplace, is on the first floor.

There are four bedrooms, each with their own appeal whether it’s a priest hole, panoramic views or a special turret room — complete with its own round bed.

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

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Bidford-on-Avon, Warwickshire — £375,000

Charm abounds at this Grade II-listed cottage opposite the River Avon.

Beautifully renovated, it has a lovely sitting room with Inglenook fireplace,a large dining room and a fully fitted kitchen, plus four bedrooms.

Outside, the courtyard garden enjoys fine views of the river.

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

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Scampton, Lincolnshire — £395,000

Perfectly situated in the heart of Scampton, Primrose Cottage combines a traditional feel with an unusual sense of space — the property has been expanded to incorporate the neighbouring one, as well as having a rear extension.

It now has a sitting rom, kitchen and breakfast room, study and garden room on the ground floor and four bedrooms upstairs

The 1,858sq ft interiors have kept intact many period features, including exposed beams and fine fireplaces.

For sale with Robert Bell & Company. See more pictures of this property or request further details from the agent.

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