The idea of living in a thatched cottage in an idyllic spot in the English countryside is a dream for so many of us; we take a look at some of the most alluring thatched houses for sale at the moment.
Opening our list is this truly lovely chocolate box style cottage that is surrounded by wonderfully mature gardens.
Also set within the grounds is a heated outdoor swimming pool and a large garage/workshop.
Inside, the house could definitely do with a touch of refurbishment (ie. wallpaper stripping, a healthy lick of paint and an updated kitchen) to really bring this home into its full potential.
From the front, this looks like a typical thatched English cottage. The rear of the house, however, has a much more… well, almost a Club Med feel to it.
The property offers accommodation for up to 12 people, and works as a private home and as a thriving holiday business, thanks to its ideal location near the Heritage coast, with the Isle of Purbeck and Wareham Forest on the doorstep.
In addition to the outdoor pool and pool house accommodation, the grounds are also made up of mature gardens that extend to just under an acre.
Dating from the 17th century is this five bedroom cottage that has undergone a full refurbishment in recent years.
The house is located within a rural village setting, yet enjoys a private aspect, with the River Tarrant flowing down one boundary.
Exposed beams run throughout the house — a feature of the period in which it originates, whereas outside there is a heated swimming pool and garage/workshop area.
If asked to imagine a quintessential, dream thatched farm cottage — this would be it.
The wild gardens and surrounding landscape make it feel like you’ve stepped into a fairytale (one where lawnmowers don’t exist), and inside, the house perfectly harmonises with the wild surroundings.
From the large stone fireplace, to the intricately beamed kitchen — the house oozes charm and character.
This utterly delightful cottage is one of the most picturesque properties we’ve come across, with its low thatched roof, colourful door and blooming garden.
The interior is a perfect blend of homely, country living, with all the charm and quirkiness you would expect from a property of this stature.
As well as a large, beautifully kept garden, the outdoor space is also made up of a double garage and pretty summer house.
This truly breathtaking nine-bed property sits in the middle of the Dartmoor National Park.
The orginal part of the house was once a Devon longhouse, originating from the 16th century, but it has been substantially renovated in recent years into the immaculately presented property that it is today.
With just under three acres, numerous outbuildings plus one of the best indoor swimming pools we’ve come across, Sweeton Manor is sure to delight even the most dubious of thatched cottage critics.
Looking like something out of a fairytale is this magical 17th Century thatched cottage located in the depths of Devon.
This delightful property, once the home of the celebrated photographer James Ravilious, sits amongst 11 acres of cottage gardens, private ancient woodland, water meadow and pasture.
Addisford is south facing, with four bedrooms and two reception rooms and a 17th Century oak staircase. It also has two tributaries to the River Torridge flowing through its grounds — further proof that this is infact, the stuff of fairytales.
Built in 1720, this character cottage has an impressive inglenook fireplace, two reception rooms and three bedrooms.
It is nestled in the picturesque village of Martham, within the Broads National Park.
It’s secluded garden is well stocked with a variety of mature plants and shrubs, fruit trees and a timber shed.
Dating back to the 16th century, this recently re-thatched cottage is listed Grade II.
The lovely interiors combine original details — all the exposed beams you may wish — with contemporary touches, such as the sleek kitchen and the bright oak-frame extension.
What began as a series of smaller cottages, has, overtime, transformed into one, generously proportioned family home: the spectacularly-amusingly-named Piddle Meadow.
Inside, an open fireplace connects two of the reception rooms, whilst the rest of the accommodation is beautifully presented in a timeless style.
Situated to the side of the house is a spacious double garage with a separate annexe that provides an extra bedroom.
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