This two-bedroom flat in the former Price’s Candle Factory, Wandsworth, is easy to wax lyrical about. It has impressive 19th-century proportions, spans the top floor of an iconic building, has a mezzanine with a wall of wardrobes, plus bags of open-plan entertaining space and a south-facing balcony for barbecues.
With Studley Castle as a not-so-shabby neighbour, this Grade II-listed charmer in Studley, Warwickshire, is one to see.
Horticulturists will love the two and a half acres of grounds, but it’s in the house itself — all 3,810 sq ft of it — where you can really make your mark. Elegant drawing, dining and reception rooms with character details, and a kitchen/breakfast room and former dairy lead off an enclosed central courtyard. There’s a boot room and cellars, too, while six bedrooms are reached via a wonderfully grand staircase.
It’s off to Bedfordshire and the lovely village of Haynes, where this 16th-century three-bedroom thatch cottage offers a tempting package. There is, of course, a mass of beams and rustic fireplaces to enjoy in its character reception rooms, while mod cons include a smart new kitchen/breakfast room and a wetroom. But it is the newly built gym and office in the acre of gardens that could excite an entrepreneur. Are you a lifestyle coach? Or do you simply want to work and exercise from home? While you are thinking about that, what about converting the double garage into a holiday let?