These five properties - from both town and country - all offer new owners the chance to embark on a restoration project.
Country-estate project: Devon, £1.25 million (pictured above)
This unspoilt and secluded west Devon estate is in need of restoration. At the centre is a fine house positioned at the end of a private drive, with pretty views to the south towards Dartmoor in the distance. There is a courtyard of outbuildings with potential for conversion, subject to the usual consents.
Dunsland Court, Jacobstowe
8 bedrooms, former coach house, stream, 75 acres
Jackson-Stops & Staff (01392 214222)
London project: Notting Hill, £3.25 million
This traditional house stands within the pretty ‘toast rack’ of streets that runs between Artesian and Talbot Roads in the heart of Notting Hill. It currently has a separate flat in the basement, but, subject to some investment, could be transformed into a family home.
Sutherland Place, W2
5 bedrooms, 2,325sq ft, patio garden
Bective Leslie Marsh (020–7221 4805)
Cottages to transform: Surrey £575,000
This Grade II-listed cottage currently has three bedrooms, two reception rooms and various garden outbuildings, but, subject to the necessary permissions, the property could be extended or remodelled as required.
Thyme Cottage, Leigh
Jackson-Stops & Staff (01306 887560)
Cottages to transform: West Sussex, £750,000
Robins Cottage lies about a mile from the village of Iping near Mid- hurst. The house requires updating, but currently has two bedrooms, a sitting room, a dining room and 111⁄2 acres made up of gardens, paddocks and woodland.
Robins Cottage, Iping
Savills (01444 446066)
Cottages to transform: Yorkshire, £650,000
This rural cottage sits between Har- rogate and Ripon. It is in need of modernisation, but currently has four bedrooms, a kitchen/breakfast room and two reception rooms. There is also a range of farm buildings.
Yarrow Hill, Markington
Carter Jonas (01423 523423)