Country houses for sale

Property with potential: Renovation projects for sale

Wanted: brave new owners with patience and imagination.

Fordham, Cambridgeshire — £575,000

This Grade-II listed Georgian house needs full restoration.

Once home to author Anne Birrell, it has many interesting details, from the original Georgian shutters to the 1970s Laura Ashley wallpaper, fine fireplaces and part-vaulted family room. Outside, the walled gardens are studded with mature trees.

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

Bideford, Devon — £895,000

A magnificent riverside location and plenty of period features make this Grade II-listed Regency house a renovation project well worth tackling.

Set within walking distance from the local pub, it has five bedrooms and three reception rooms, many of which enjoy fine views of the valley (the panoramic drawing room with open fireplace is especially striking). The house comes with front and rear gardens, an orchard and woodland, for a total of 5.3 acres.

For sale with Jackson-Stops. See more pictures and details about this property.

Lympne, Kent — £600,000

Thought to date from the 16th century, the Spout House Cottage may have been named after after the ‘spouted oil lamp’ lit by smugglers to alert others to the arrival of the Royal Excise Patrol.

Now in need of complete renovation, it has two bedrooms, two reception rooms and long views across the tree-studded grounds towards the sea.

Let’s not beat around the bush: the asking price is as steep as the hillside the house sites on, especially considering the amount of work it requires. But the setting is as good as you could hope for, while being very close to Ashford International and the Safari Park at Port Lympne.

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

Hingham, Norfolk — £180,000

This Grade II-listed, three-bedroom, semi-detached cottage has partly been renovated (including a new heating system) but needs some more work.

It has plenty of charming details, including exposed beams, wood-framed windows and a pretty, L-shaped courtyard garden.

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

Martham, Norfolk — £230,000

Dating from about 1720, this pretty cottage could do with some redecorating, rather than full renovation work.

It has two reception rooms, one of which has a large, Inglenook-style fireplace, and three bedrooms, plus a lovely back-garden

For sale with Minors & Brady. See more pictures and details about this property.

Ullenwood, Gloucestershire — £1,600,000

This beautiful, 2675sq ft stone property stands in more than one acre of widlife-friendly grounds

It has been with the same family since 1962 and now needs complete modernisation. It currently has three reception rooms and four bedrooms.

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

Coombe, Cornwall — £195,000

Five miles from St Austell, this pretty, semi-detached cottage needs complete renovation.

At the moment, it has a single reception room with separate kitchen on the ground floor and three bedrooms upstairs, plus gardens to the front, south and west. With plenty of character, it has huge potential to make a thoroughly charming home.

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

Gisburn, Lancashire — £475,000

This Grade II-listed property is beautifully situated in the village of Gisburn, close to the amenities yet surrounded by its own land.

It has kept intact many charming details, but now needs complete modernisation. Spanning 1,352sq ft, it currently has three bedrooms and two reception rooms, plus magnificent gardens.

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

Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire — £250,000

For sale by auction with a guide price of £250,000, this cottage is one of a small group situated between the villages of Steeple Ashton and Great Hinton, near Trowbridge.

Although in need of complete renovation,it is full of character features — from cost fireplaces to exposed beams and stone walls — and has plenty of scope for extension. The grounds total 0.61 acres.

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

Apperley, Gloucestershire — £530,000

Yew Tree House is a four-bedroom detached home with masses of charm and beautiful gardens that’s listed as an ‘exciting renovation opportunity’.

Obviously any buyers would have to make their own careful enquiries, but certainly on the face of things it seems that the work that needs doing here is cosmetic rather than structural — not bad for a building that’s over 300 years old.

The house isn’t far from Tewkesbury, and is thus easily accessible to Cheltenham, Gloucester and the rest of the nation.

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