Country houses for sale

Property with potential: Renovation projects for sale

Wanted: brave new owners with patience and imagination.

Argyll & Bute — £209,500

Whenever putting together these round-ups, we come across all sorts of places which have us reaching for a calculator and figuring out some sums — but rarely do we get as excited as in the case of Glenralloch Farmhouse, on the peninsula which leads down to the Mull of Kintyre.

It’s a gorgeous, six-bedroom home — C-listed — a couple of miles from the harbour at Tarbert. As well as the beautiful main house — which undoubtedly needs a lot of work doing — the property also includes a range of outbuildings that could easily (subject to permission) be converted into offices, workshops or even holiday cottages.

For sale with Stewart Balfour & Sutherland. See more pictures and details about this property.

Buckinghamshire — £885,000

The listing pulls no punches for this Grade II-listed house in Chalfont St Giles: ‘in need of complete refurbishment and renovation’ is the message here. Yet given the price, location and space on offer this seems a fine opportunity at £50k less than the asking price for a nearby modern bungalow not far away.

The four-bedroom, three-storey house is full of charm and archaic touches, but it’s the main reception room area which makes us think of what this could be: a huge, triple-aspect living-dining room with a pair of inglenook fireplaces. Outside, the garden is a real highlight too.

For sale with Knight Frank. See more pictures and details about this property.

Carmarthen — £420,000

The eye-catching, crumbling stone building here — actually a former cowshed — is a great opportunity for someone wanting to take on a project while living in comfort as they do so, since the adjacent farmhouse has been completely refurbished already.

In total there are five acres for sale here, including the two buildings you see in the main picture plus various other outbuildings — and permission is in place for holiday cottage conversions.

The setting, not far off the main road between Carmarthen and Llandovery is magical and the views from this hillside location are nothing short of stunning.

For sale with BJP Residential. See more pictures and details about this property.

Kew, London — £5,500,000

It might require complete renovation, but this elegant Georgian manor house near Kew in Richmond offers a cornucopia of period features, such as a pilastered entrance canopy and fanlight, fireplaces, panelling and window shutters, all waiting to be restored to their former glory.

Situated in just over half an acre, West Hall has seven bedrooms and three bathrooms, plus separate coach and studio houses.

For sale with Savills. See more pictures and details about this property.

Kent — £800,000

Not so much a fixer-upper as a tear-it-all-down-and-start-againer, this three-bedroom bungalow for sale near Sevenoaks offers quite an opportunity for an owner with vision, bravery and capital.

The house as it stands is a plain, wooden bungalow, but as agents Knight Frank say ‘it is all about the setting here’: there’s six acres of land, a barn and various other outbuildings which make this an incredible opportunity — subject to the usual consents — to create an amazing home just outside the M25.

For sale with Knight Frank. See more pictures and details about this property.

Fraserburgh — £79,000

‘Ahhh, I remember when all this were fields…’ Well, it still is — but not for long.

Permission for a six-bedroom house has been granted on this 1.2-acre plot in the amusingly-named hamlet of Gash. If you’re looking for an opporunity to start entirely from scratch, this could be it.

For sale with Forbes Property. See more pictures and details about this property.

Lampeter — £280,000

A start has been made on the work that needs doing at this evocative, stone-built barn tucked away down a private track in the Brechfa Forest.

Once finished — if it’s finished off according to the currently-granted permission, of course— this will be a 2/3 bedroom home with seven acres of land, a range of outbuildings and beautiful views.

For sale with Morgan & Davies. See more pictures and details about this property.

Seven golden rules for selling a country house

We've spoken to Britain's top country house agents to get their advice on how to sell a country house – from