House swap: what does £250k get you?
£250k for a house? You betcha! If that mortgage is feeling like a millstone, take a peek at these properties in Northants and across the Muddy counties and start mentally moving in ASAP.
Nabbing this three bed, grade II listed cottage in the gorgeous bustling village of Finedon is any first-time buyers dream. It’s in lovely nick and really spacious with pretty mullioned windows, wooden floors, a decent garden space, off street parking and even a cellar for stashing your vintage vino. Plus the magnificent Reverend Richard Coles will be your neighbour. Amen to that.
Geddington is a sought after village with bags of character, boasting one of only three remaining Eleanor Cross monuments in the country, and if it’s historic charm you’re after this sweet semi-detached cottage packs quite a punch. There is a stunning original marble fireplace as well as generously sized rooms and spectacular countryside views.
Potential is the word that springs to mind when viewing his large, attractive three-bed Georgian property with additional annex . It is due to be sold at auction at the end of May and is clearly in need of quite a bit of TLC but will no doubt make someone a bargain fixer-upper, especially given the lovely central position in pretty Higham Ferrers.
Sweet limestone cottage with original quarry tile flooring and cast iron Art Nouveau fire surrounds sound good? This two-bed in Syresham is well located for Silverstone, Brackley and the A43 bypass, but set in a desirably sedate village location with an enclosed garden
If you’re looking for that elusive well proportioned family home in a town centre location, this immaculate 3-bed, double fronted property ticks all the boxes and is so beautifully kept that you can move straight in without any immediate work to be done. It’s also close to lovely parks and shopping streets, but you still get off street parking. Win.
A unique home with bags of space, this four bed property in the market town of Raunds is one of eight converted in the 1980s from the former Wesleyan school rooms. Adjacent to Stanwick Lakes, theres also loads of scope for water sports, bird spotting and walking in the fantastic countryside, whilst being just a few minutes from Rushden Lakes for when you fancy some retail therapy. Who, us?
Moreton Pinkney, all ironstone cottages and country lanes, who wouldn’t want to escape to this bucolic corner of South Northants? This picture perfect, quaintly traditional cottage may be cosy, but it is seriously packing the charm with oak internal doors, exposed beams and a lovely courtyard garden. We reckon downsizers and first time buyers will be vying for this one.
This stylish 3-bed mews-style house in a converted chapel would be ideal for a professional couple, especially those who are looking to work from home, as there’s plenty of scope for office space here. Bozeat sits at the edge of the county, on the Bedfordshire border, so pretty good for commuting too.
A bright and charming semi-detached cottage next to one of our favourite gastro pubs in the county, The King’s Head, Spratton. And, as if you needed any more convincing, there’s an inglenook fireplace, modern kitchen, off street parking and far-reaching countryside views.
If low maintenance apartment living is what you’re after this gorgeously converted, grade II listed, 2-bed property has definitely got the wow factor. You get a designer kitchen, private parking and landscaped communal gardens at the heart of Middleton Cheney village, with it’s abundance of local shops and amenities, including a primary school and a high school, and proximity to Banbury and the M40.
Ramsgate might be the underdog next to artsy Margate and genteel Broadstairs, but if you want a pretty home by the coast there’s no denying this once-posh seaside town is is good value. Try this four-bedroom Victorian number on for size.
Pretty as a picture. This charming thatched cottage is in the peaceful country village of North Lopham, near Diss, so it’s all about location location location. There are three bedrooms, oodles of period features and a pretty cottage garden. Perfecto.
Named one of the best cities to live and work in, the humble town of Reading offers the best of all worlds. Countryside on your doorstep, London an easy commute away and itself a bit of a tech hub. Plus, there’s the brilliant Reading Festival each year (‘cept this one, of course!). This tidy two-bed terrace house is close to the railway station in the centre of town.
Fancy living on a boat? This 23-metre Dutch Barge is moored in Chertsey and as well as a master bedroom suite, has a second bedroom with two berths and a bathroom with a full-sized bath. It is spacious – for a boat – and filled with light thanks to plenty of overhead hatches. There’s even a cleverly-designed home office nook. Aye aye captain.
Snap yourself up a two-bed apartment in the brand new Brighton Road development at Shoreham-by-Sea. You’ll be right in the heart of the town centre, near several train stations and of course, just a stone’s throw from the beach. And as it’s a new build, no renovation or doing-up needed!
We’re going to the chapel and we’re gonna get… perhaps not married, but St Joseph’s Chapel in Langport, one of the smallest towns in England, is up for sale and it’s ripe for renovation. It used to form part of a convent, and includes the original chapel with vaulted ceiling, the apse, cry room and two confession rooms. And there’s also a private garden outside. Mother Teresa has worshipped here – and if that’s not great dinner party chat, I don’t know what is!
If you’ve always hankered after a place by the coast, this white-washed cottage in the pretty fishing village of Boscastle ought to do it. There are three bedrooms and views to die for out over the Jordan Valley. And it’s just a short walk to the harbour.
This cute as a button terrace is is in the pretty village of Sheepy Magna surrounded by unspoilt countryside. The house is in tip-top condition and oozes charm and history. Think exposed timber floorboards, fireplaces with checker-board tiled hearths, and timber panelled bathroom. There’s also a lovely courtyard garden.
Well hello there big boy! Sorry, guys, £250k does not get you this entire manor house in Leamington Spa. It does however, buy you a smart two bedroom apartment within this private gated development. It’s split over two levels and comes with it’s own parking place. The town centre is walking distance and you get shared use of the beautiful grounds. Low-maintenance living at its best.
Oozing character and charm, this terrace house within the Old School House is in the quaint village of Collingbourne Ducis several miles from Marlborough. There are two bedrooms – or one and a study – and a cute and compact courtyard with lovely views out towards St Andrew’s Church.
If you’ve always wanted to own your own slice of beach, get a load of this huge beach hut, for sale on the unspoilt area of North Beach in Swanage on the Jurassic coastline. The property includes a whopper of a beach hut (make it your own private caste, or rentals) and comes in at £200k so you’ll have plenty of dosh left over to kit it out.
What do we have here? A pretty mid-terrace stone cottage that looks like it’s been around a hundred years or so, but was in fact built only four years ago. So you get period charm with new-build mod cons. There are two bedrooms, and it faces out onto a lovely green in Chipping Norton.
Want to wake up to the sounds and sights of the ocean? Nab this two bed apartment, perched on a cliff, overlooking the beach and Freshwater Bay Golf Club. The apartment has a balcony with sea views, plus the building has a leisure suite (oh hello salt water heated swimming pool, spa, sauna and games room!).
Looking for a city bolt hole? This pretty blue one bed houseboat, for sale in Little Venice (name a more fitting location for a houseboat, I dare you), has an open plan living space, bespoke fitted kitchen and modern bathroom. The price of mooring in the Big Smoke will probably cost more than the boat, but it’s fun to take a look anyway, right?!
This two bed apartment in Oakgrove has the largest balcony in the whole of Milton Keynes (okay, maybe not, but it’s up there at a whopping eight meters long). The apartment has a central location (near the shopping centre, Waitrose and bank) and it comes with a private parking space.
If you’ve always dreamed of building your own home, then this generous and secluded plot is a great place to start. It already has planning permission to building a four bed house, plus stunning river views of Penryn and Falmouth. Me likey.
Like a house with history? Check out this handsome Grade II listed family home in Sherbourne. The three storey, three bed terrace previously formed part of a school’s boarding house, and before that, was a Georgian coaching inn so you can expect lovely high ceilings, well proportioned rooms and character windows.
Situated on Lincoln Farm Park (winner of the 2020 AA South East England Campsite of the Year), this stunning lodge is surrounded by pretty woodland and Oxfordshire countryside views. The property is completely kitted out (ideal if the idea of a do-er upper has you quaking in your boots), plus you’ll have access to the site’s indoor swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, gym and games room.
Fancy a holiday home?
Oh la la! This pretty five bedroom stone cottage in Aquitaine, southwestern France, looks like something off a postcard. It’s within walking distance of the nearest town (ideal for stumbling home after one too many vinos) , plus you’re also getting an additional stone cottage guest apartment, perfect for renting.
This typically Tuscan four bedroom house – we’re talking exposed stone, chestnut beams and terracotta tiles – is in a small village in the hills above Bagni di Lucca. The property comes with a massive garden so plenty of space to put in a pool. I’m thinking the bigger the better.
Outside space is top priority when it comes to a home abroad and this three bed villa, in Crete, is a winner with a tiled pool, large garden with fruit and olive trees, BBQ zone and multiple seating areas. It’s just 20 minutes from the beach too.