Beautiful country houses often come with price tags which put them out of reach for many – but delightful character properties can be found that are well within reach for most buyers, as these places demonstrate.
Forming part of the Dalnair Castle Estate, the impressive apartment is located outside the village of Croftamie, near Drymen.
Built circa 1884, the Scottish Baronial mansion, with its striking tower and Tudor arched doorway, sits in established woodland with views over surrounding countryside and the Endrick Water.
The beautiful cottage has been fully renovated in recent years and is located in the sought after village of Clocaenog.
A stream runs through the cottage’s pretty garden and an adjoining paddock can be purchased by further negotiation.
You’ll have to push the budget a bit — or make a cheeky offer — but we couldn’t leave this off the list. A striking three-storey Category A listed property dating from the 17th century and once home to the Frasers of Memsie.
The handsome home is set within 4.47 acres surrounded by stunning Aberdeenshire countryside.
A stunning 17th century former water mill set on the banks of the River Aled in the heart of the North Wales countryside.
Original features such as the water wheel, mill race and sluice, add to the unique appeal of the beamed cottage.
Another one where you might have to stretch your finances just a touch, but it’ll be worth it. The Grade II listed five-bedroom Georgian property is sure to impress with period features throughout and wonderful gardens.
Walkers will love the location — just a 15 minute drive from the Lake District National Park and Solway Coast. It’s slightly over budget, but a cheeky offer could land you this dream home for a steal.
An enchanting Grade II listed thatched cottage built circa 1604 with many original features and oak flooring throughout.
The property is entirely secluded within its extensive gardens bound by mature trees.
The Old Post Office offers three excellent-sized bedrooms, open fireplace and courtyard garden, with the option of purchasing a larger seperate plot which benefits from several fruit trees, three outbuildings and stunning views of the river Nidd.
Though it’s relatively modern inside, the exterior and location could scarcely be more charming. Lofthouse is a picturesque village in the heart of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, popular with walkers and ramblers.
A charming character cottage in a convinient location, enjoying southerly views over open countryside.
The home has been tastefully modernised and boasts three reception rooms and a pretty cottage garden.
Kennedy Cottage is a Grade II Listed property believed to date back to the 16th Century.
Nestled in a picturesque conservation village, it features an impressive sitting room with central staircase, attractive open fireplace and French doors leading out to a walled courtyard garden.
A chocolate box Grade II listed thatch cottage in a charming village location.
Set in a substantial plot the delightful garden enhances the appeal of this character cottage.
The charming house dates back to the 18th century, presenting white painted brick and weatherboard clad elevations beneath a pitched tiled roof.
It sits in a prominent position fronting a cobbled street in the heart of the Conservation Area of the Ancient Town and Cinque Port of Rye
11 bedrooms in an equestrian facility for under £400,000 sounds unimaginable, but that’s just what you’d be getting with Bailey Mill, placed just 8 miles from Newcastleton in Cumbria’s beautiful Bailey Water Valley.
The first lot includes the main house and four self-catering apartments, as well as the formal gardens. For those really keen on living the countryside life, the second lot includes stables, a ménage, two further apartments and various plots of land. The choice is yours.
There’s an astonishing amount of period character in this extremely pretty cottage, surrounded by a wraparound garden in a village not far from Barry.
A stone fireplace and door surrounds give an almost gothic feel to the place in parts, and it’s lovely to see those original details being preserved – the pretty stone wall in the bathroom being a case in point.
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