Cosy country cottages: under £250,000
Escape the city and cosy up beside a crackling log fire at your very own country cottage retreat this winter. Dreamy character cottages with original vaulted ceilings, exposed chunky beams, honey-coloured stone walls and roaring open fireplaces can be found within an easy commute from the capital, many close to a country village, a farm shop and a friendly pub.
Blockley, Moreton-In-Marsh GL56
£229,950: a three-bedroom terrace house close to the centre of Blockley, one of the most popular villages in the North cotswolds. The three-storey house has an open-plan living room/kitchen and is packed with character features, including parquet oak floors and a stone fireplace. Moreton-in-Marsh is the nearest train station, which is just over three miles away.
Box, Stroud GL6
£199,950: this charming Grade II-listed stone cottage is set in the picturesque village of Box, on the fringe of the ancient Cotswold town of Minchinhampton. The one-bedroom home is spread over two floors and has an open-plan kitchen/dining/sitting room on the ground floor, with a bedroom and en suite shower room upstairs. Stroud (Gloucs) train station is three miles away.
Limpley Stoke, Bath BA2
£198,500: a stone-built period cottage 4.5 miles from Bath, with a separate garden and stone-built office/guest room. The living room has a copy open fireplace and two bedrooms are upstairs. Freshford is the nearest mainline rail station.
Rye, East Sussex TN31
£200,000: Gatekeeper's Cottage is a charming Grade II-listed cottage with two interconnecting bedrooms, a study/dressing room, a garage and a garden. Rye (Sussex) mainline station is within walking distance.
Chagford, Newton Abbot TQ13
£250,000: granite-built Batworthy Farmhouse is thought to date back to the 15th century. The five-bedroom home is in need of modernisation and has three reception rooms, a separate kitchen/breakfast room, two bathrooms and front and rear gardens. Okehampton is the closest train station.
More details, pictures and floorplan...
Littlebourne, Canterbury CT3
£189,000: this "chocolate box" thatched cottage is set in a lovely spot in the Kentish Village of Littlebourne. The Grade II-listed home has two bedrooms, plenty of exposed beams, brickwork and leaded windows, and a spacious garden leading to the edge of the river with open fields beyond. Bekesbourne is the closest train station.
St Austell, Cornwall PL25
£164,500: a three-bedroom stone-built cottage a mile from St Austell town centre and train station, with a separate living room, sitting room, dining room and kitchen on the ground floor, plus a bright conservatory opening out to the rear garden.
£229,950: this three-bedroom character cottage in the sought-after village of Harbury is six miles from Leamington Spa. The cottage has exposed beams throughout, a woodburner, an Aga in the kitchen and a rear garden.
Much Wenlock, Shropshire
£199,950: this ex-railway crossing cottage is thought to have been the signalmans house until 1963 when the railway was closed down. The three-bedroom bungalow has been extended by the current owners, with a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and conservatory added. Wellington train station is 6.5 miles away.