17th June, 2016

Top 10 cute summer cottages

Are you thinking of downsizing? Ever thought about moving into a cottage with character, charm and charisma? We have found ten of the best cottages for sale in the country, starting from £350,000.

1. Ufford, Suffolk - £650,000

This must be one of our prettiest properties on the market. This Grade II listed chocolate box' cottage is located almost opposite the church in the heart of the picturesque village of Lower Ufford. The thatched cottage consists of three beautiful bedrooms, exposed beams and it has even been featured on the front cover of 'Suffolk Magazine'.

2. Ickwell, Bedfordshire -£495,000

Here is a beautiful, little ‘hobbit’ style home in the midst of Bedfordshire. The stand-alone property boasts an attractive garden, where you can spend lazy summer days, gazing at the surrounding countryside and wildlife. The two double bedroom property dates back to the 1600’s and would make a perfect commuter home. It is only a 15-minute drive away from the mainline station.

3. Godmanchester, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire - £650,000

Tudor or Victorian? It’s hard to choose between these two superb styles. This historic home has period features throughout, including exposed beams, an open-fireplace and a galleried study. From exterior to interior, you are spoilt for choice with this delightful four-bedroom cottage.

4. Yew Tree Farm, Cambridgeshire -£525,000

Step back in time with this handsome 16th century property. It is located on a third of an acre plot, and has exposed timbers and a large kitchen/breakfast room. Yew Tree Farm showcases period style with modern comforts. The four-bedroom cottage includes an inglenook fireplace in the sitting room which is an attractive focal point. There are generous windows that flood the room with natural light, too.

5. Chapel Lane, Banbury – £385,000

Here is a slice of country life. This quintessential cottage dates back to around 1650, it is in the sought-after village of Adderbury. The property has a striking sitting room with a large inglenook fireplace, a separate dining room, a study which is converted from a garage and three traditional bedrooms.

6. Holly Cottage, Northampton - £565,000

Some like it thatched. Others like it detached. This property ticks both boxes. Holly Cottage is a Grade II listed property dating back to the 18th century. The cottage is constructed largely in stone under a newly-thatched roof. The present owners have carried out a comprehensive refurbishment programme, combining many historic features, including ceiling beams, log burner and vaulted ceilings.

7. Castle Street, Berkhamsted -£350,000

Not quite a cottage, but here is an attractive period property. It is in the centre of the bustling market town of Berkhamsted with delightful views of St. Peter’s Church and Berkhamsted School. This Grade II Listed home is perfectly positioned, being a short walk to the High Street, and the mainline railway station. Excellent amenities are in the nearby town. Although in need of updating, the property is in good order. If you are looking for a new project, then this might be the perfect home for you.

8. High Grassrigg, Killington, Sedbergh - £550,000

Few properties are located in such idyllic surroundings, but here is a cottage on the outskirts of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The picturesque setting has breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside in the hamlet of Killington. This cottage has a Scandinavian influence with a contemporary interior.

9. Colmworth, Bedfordshire -£1,000,000

Here is a cottage with a difference. On the outside it is full of country charm. But inside the interior is ultra-modern with open-plan living areas, a bespoke fitted kitchen, open tread oak staircase and underfloor heating. There are five bedrooms that would suit a growing family. There is also a contemporary extension attached.

10. Low Park Farm, Cumbria -£650,000

For a taste of the good life, head to Cumbria. The countryside is on your doorstep, the air is fresh and the properties are striking. This deceptively spacious family home is filled with 16th century features and is believed to have been a former Quaker house. You will find a salt cellar built into the internal walls and original doors create a desirable, family home. For those who enjoy an outdoor lifestyle, there are extensive gardens and grounds to the front and the rear of the property.

All of these properties are available through our agents. For more information, visit: www.fineandcountry.com

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