As Bilbo Baggins has it: ‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door.’ Best stay warm, under cover of thatch.
Itty bitty, teeny weeny The Old Thatched Cottage (pictured above) is a very charming three-bedroom home situated in the heart of Wolvey, which by all accounts is a very popular place to be.
Perfect for a new family, the property had a sizeable master bedroom for mummy bear and daddy bear, smaller rooms for the baby bears and a lovely garden for them to run around in.
Imaginatively-named The Round House wouldn’t look out of place several hundred feet in the air at the top of a castle. However, it is firmly on the ground in Sparkford.
With four bedrooms and a fairytale garden, this could be as close as one could get to a hobbit hole in Somerset, with rather less chance of bumping one’s head.
Perfectly quaint is the perfect way to describe this charming, chocolate box cottage in Norfolk. Dating from around 1650, this cottage is surprisingly thought to be the combination of multiple houses.
With a sociable kitchen, a complete guest suite and a wonderful view out to the garden, there’s not much that needs to be done to bring this one up to scratch – although a new owner with an eye for renovation would certainly have a new project on their hands.
Weavers Thatch dates from the 15th Century and is Grade II listed, set in lovely gardens in South Shropshire. Made up of a main, two-bedroom house and a one-bedroom cottage, the lovely home lends itself to guest house or AirBnB potential.
Unusually for a 1 acre garden, there’s a lovely pond and plenty of space to roam. Inside the house there’s a lovely woodburner and one of the cosiest baths we’ve seen in such a tiny home.
Peeping through leaves in its garden filled with shrubs and spring bulbs, plus a timbered summer house adjoining a pod, Dove Cottage (nothing to do with Wordsworth, but feel free to write poetry) enjoys a quiet spot in the centre of North Waltham village.
There are three bedrooms, with potential for a fourth, beneath its thatched roof, as well as exposed beams and a woodburner. Overton is only four miles away, with trains to Waterloo and a pretty high street, and Basingstoke five miles.
Picture-perfect Springbanks sits right on the Bythorn village green next to St Lawrence’s Church, about 12 miles from Huntingdon and 15 from Kettering.
There are four bedrooms, a conservatory/breakfast room and flagstone and oak floors throughout. The gardens have been recently landscaped, incorporating a cast-iron water pump, vegetable patches, a raised lawn area, a terrace and an ornamental pond.
Thatched cottages often have one caveat: they tend to be rather small. That’s far from the case at this beautiful home in the village of Easton, just outside Winchester, which boasts five bedrooms and over 3,500sq ft of space. It’s a beautiful place with light, graceful rooms and a master bedroom with a vine-clad balcony.
Charmingly picture-perfect as it is, you might be surprised to learn that the house was only built in 1945 — in other words, you have old school charm with far fewer headaches. And smaller bills, too: the house is powered by a ground source heat pump.
Willow Farm might be half a millennium old, but this fine old place is a real family home for the 21st century with four bedrooms, a huge playroom, a workshop and garage with room for four houses.
There is a huge amount of character in this Grade-II listed home, with the charmingly crooked beams in the ceilings and walls, while outside there are huge lawns and a pond.
Catch up on the best country houses for sale this week that have come to the market via Country Life.
Beautiful country houses often come with price tags which put them out of reach for many – but delightful character