Country houses for sale

Ten gorgeous thatched cottages for sale across Britain, from under £500,000

Our pick of the best thatched cottages and houses for sale today across England.

Rhoose, Wales — £995,000

This huge home dates back four centuries and is full of interesting features — not least a living room built with beams salvaged from an old shipwreck.

There are five bedrooms, a heated and covered swimming pool and a ‘clubhouse’ with cinema room and a bar.

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It’s almost entirely surrounded by fields, though one word of warning: the house practically backs on to Cardiff Airport. Don’t be too concerned, though, as it’s a quiet airport with few daily flights.

For sale with Savills. See more pictures of this property.

Wroxton, Oxfordshire — £837,500

A truly delightful four-bedroom home in a picturesque Oxfordshire village.

There are beamed ceilings, and Aga in the kitchen and endless charm in this Grade II-listed home.

The gardens are both pretty and private, and you’re right in the heart of the village: the church is right opposite.

For sale with Hamptons. See more pictures of this property.

Ponsworthy, Devon — £475,000

A tempting sub-£500k price tag for this charming Dartmoor cottage.

It’s small — just two bedrooms — but full of charm, with a fabulous open living space at the heart of the house, and a truly rural location.

Sadly, the classic sports car parked outside isn’t part of the deal…

For sale with Strutt & Parker. See more pictures of this property.

West Wittering, West Sussex — £695,000

This classic chocolate box cottage isn’t just cute and romantic outside — it’s superbly done up within.

The bold melding of new and old is confidently done, making this an eminently liveable character home.

It’s also got a wonderful location just outside the village of West Wittering, which has one of the finest sandy beaches on the south coast of England.

For sale with Baileys. See more pictures of this property.

Brigsley, Lincolnshire — £720,000

A 17th century cottage that’s deceptively spacious, with over 2,000 sq ft of space.

It’s a four-bedroom home built on a T-shaped plan in a huge plot that includes a lovely garden and a pretty little summer house — perhaps an ideal home office?

It’s in a lovely spot as well: Brigsley is a small and highly desirable village on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB.

For sale with Savills. See more pictures of this property.

Bosham, West Sussex — £920,000

A sprawling, four-bedroom home with a huge list of features near Bosham Harbour, just outside Chichester.

There is a huge garden, a newer extension and a swimming pool as well as the main thatched house at this fine property.

The location is right in the village, close to the station — which has services to Chichester and Portsmouth — and a short stroll from the Chichester Harbour AONB.

For sale with Fine & Country. See more pictures of this property.

Thixendale, Yorkshire — £550,000

Some of the most romantic and charming woodwork we’ve ever seen is part of the appeal of this North Yorkshire house in a rural village, Thixendale, in the countryside to the east of York.

The pictures speak for themselves, demonstrating a level of creativity and beauty that is entirely irresistible.

Equally wonderful are the names of the villages nearby: Wetwang, Uncleby, Fridaythorpe and Wharram Percy are all nearby.

For sale with Cundalls. See more pictures of this property.

Beaminster, Dorset — £2,500,000

Dating back to the 16th century is Meerhay Manor: A five-bed Dorset Longhouse that comes with two flats, a range of outbuildings and peaceful gardens, all set within 33 acres of land on the outskirts of Beaminster.

The Grade II listed home has been in the same ownership since 1975, having been subject to renovation and improvements over that time. The result is a cosy family home with an abundance of charming period features — exposed beams, magnificent fireplaces and flagstone flooring, to name a few.

The 33 acres of gardens and grounds surrounding the property are sublime, formed from a variety of mature Oak, Maple, Birch and Walnut trees; as well as an orchard with apple, cherry and pear trees; plus a number of paddocks and a riding arena.

For sale with Strutt & Parker. See more pictures of this property.

Sidmouth, Devon — £1,750,000

Falling somewhere between stately home and country cottage is Red Chimneys: A charming thatched property with a seemingly endless supply of reception rooms on the ground floor, plus a spacious terraced area for al fresco dining outside.

Built in the 1950’s, the characteristic four bedroom home has been modernised over the years and offers comfortable accommodation close to the Jurassic coastline. Thanks to its spacious accommodation, it lends itself nicely to family living and entertaining on a grand scale.

With just under two and a half acres of south facing gardens and grounds behind double electric gates, this is the type of property where you can retreat to for some peace and tranquillity.

For sale with Fine & Country. See more pictures of this property.

Leighton Buzzard — £975,000

This beautiful thatched house is thought to date from the 15th century, whilst the adjacent Scandinavian style lodge is a more recent addition.

With five bedrooms in the main house and a further four in the lodge, this property is certainly not short on space.

Inglenook fireplaces, a large Aga, timber frames and exposed beams create a cosy, period charm in the main house, whilst the lodge offers a more contemporary, minimalist feel — perfect then, for contrasting tastes.

For sale with Michael Graham. See more pictures of this property or request further details from the agent.

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