Our pick of the best thatched cottages and houses for sale today across England.
Warminster, Wiltshire — £3,750,000
Set in a healthy 108 acres within the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Baycliffe Farm is thought to be located on the site of one of the oldest houses in Wiltshire, with records noting continued occupancy since 1087. Past tenants include Tostig Godwinson, Earl of Northumberland — and brother of King Harold.
The Grade II listed farmhouse offers five well-presented bedrooms in the main house, as well as a range of ancillary accommodation which could be used for multi-generational living, as staff quarters or as a holiday let. The options are vast, with a three bedroom cottage and a two bedroom cottage; two, one bedroom flats and a separate one-bedroom wooden cabin.
In recent years, the farm has operated as a Racing Stud, offering superb equestrian facilities inclusive of twelve stables, and indoor menage and Monarch horse walker.
For sale with Savills. See more pictures of this property.
Saxmundham, Suffolk — £475,000
A delightful thatched cottage at under £500,000 is one thing — but one that is over 1,300 sq ft? And which comes with seven acres of land? That’s rare indeed.
That’s the offering here, however, and while (as the pictures show) there is plenty of work to be done, this cottage in a rural spot is a fine opportunity to create a three-bed dream home.
Even the location is good: it has easy access to the main A12, and is close to the beaches at Southwold and Aldeburgh.
For sale with Clarke & Simpson. See more pictures of this property.
Taunton, Somerset — £1,000,000
Pretty Grade II listed Willow Cottage has been updated in recent years, which is clear to see through its bright and comfortable accommodation space, lending itself to entertaining and family living.
This charming home is situated in the rolling countryside between the Quantock Hills and Brendon Hills, and beautifully incorporates period features — such as exposed beams and feature fireplaces, as well as glorious countryside views.
Set in approximately 1.3 acres, the idyllic gardens surrounding the house include a comfortable terrace area for outdoor dining, lawned gardens, fruit trees, a small stream and a substantial stone outbuilding which is currently used as a workshop/studio space.
For sale with Jackson-Stops. See more pictures of this property.
Abingdon, Oxfordshire — £4,000,000
It wouldn’t be a property roundup without a wildcard entry, and filling that spot is Orwell House: An extraordinary property, designed by Andrew Herring, who’s goal was to create a house of ‘organic modernism’ through the use of natural materials, including thatch, oak, plants, water and stone.
The result is a series of sophisticated, understated spaces, reminiscent of a Balinese villa, with an abundance of glass, polished concrete and the most welcoming Japanese slate heated outdoor swimming pool, sheltered within a private inner courtyard.
The gardens are the works of Chelsea Flower Show gold medallist Herring and Sarah Eberle and feature flowing Willow trees, bamboo and decorative grasses, as well as an area for a fire pit and a decking terrace.
For sale with Savills. See more pictures of this property.
Beaminster, Dorset — £3,000,000
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.
Stert, Wiltshire — £1,350,000
Not only does Vale Cottage have ‘one of the most lovely rural views in Wiltshire’, it also comes with a large barn conversion opposite the property which provides a garage/workshop on the lower ground floor, an open plan living/dining area and kitchen on the ground floor and the option for one or two bedrooms on the first floor. Making it perfect for guests or as a potential holiday rental.
Within the main house you’ll find lots of adaptable living space with a large open plan sitting room/snug and three bedrooms upstairs and views over the two and a half acre gardens.
The property is situated on a no-through road in the quiet hamlet of Stert, between the Pewsey Vale and Salisbury Plain. The market town of Devizes is just two miles down the road where you’ll find an excellent farm shop, supermarkets, cafes and bars.
For sale with Winkworth. See more pictures of this property.
Sidmouth, Devon — £2,000,000
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.
Rugby, Warwickshire — £975,000
With a sweeping thatched lychgate and picture-perfect exteriors, this charming four-bedroom thatched cottage can be found in the village of Bilton, on the outskirts of Rugby.
Throughout the property you’ll find tasteful corners and touches of its Arts and Crafts past, particularly the fireplaces, which were fitted in the 1920s. In the heart of the house is the expansive kitchen which has retained its original duck egg blue tiling which compliments the wood-burning stove.
Behind the kitchen is a new extension with corner bi-folding doors that open out to the garden, making this an excellent sunny garden room or studio space. Outside within the half an acre of grounds is a wood framed garage and self-contained studio which provides excellent guest accommodation.
For sale with Inigo. See more pictures of this property.
Leighton Buzzard — £995,000
This beautiful thatched house is thought to date from the 15th century, whilst the adjacent Scandinavian style lodge is a more recent addition.
Recommended videos for you 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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