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There's nothing like lockdown to make you appreciate your home - or make you want to move the second it gets lifted. So what will £500k buy you in Northants and across the Muddy Counties? Plus an extra spesh property for to keep in mind for that lottery win.

Titchmarsh

A quaint stone cottage with views across to the parish church, this pretty four-bed property has a raft of original features including oak beams, stone inglenook fireplace and brick tiled flooring. The modern, shaker-style kitchen breakfast room also boasts an AGAl perfect for cosy nights in, and the expansive cottage garden has plenty of space for outside entertaining.

Titchmarsh  home

Church Stowe

OK, so it’s not a house exactly, but a building plot with planning permission for a pretty jaw-dropping one. A contemporary, eco-friendly home set in two acres, to be precise, with 5,400 square foot of accommodation in one of the county’s prettiest and unspoilt little villages. Call Kevin McCloud, we’re all getting all Grand Designsy.

Church Stowe plot

Harpole

This Grade II listed, eighteenth century, thatched stone cottage is chocolate box perfection. It’s in gorgeous condition having been restored by the current owners with top notch fixtures and fittings, giving it a fresh feel whilst retaining the original features. There’s a pretty courtyard garden, and it’s just a couple of miles from the M1 motorway, although if we lived here we’ never want to go anywhere else.

Harpole thatched cottage

Daventry

This swish 5-bed new build in the lovely market town of Daventry boasts bi-fold doors opening on to the garden, a super-stylish kitchen, integral double garage and, the piece de resistance for every Muddy fashionista: the master suite has a walk in wardrobe, so you can shop to your heart’s content.

Daventry New Build - Avant Homes

Lutton

Looking for a project? This former Post Office is in need of some TLC but is on a fabulous plot with heaps of potential, this good-sized family home also comes with the option to purchase an additional plot to the rear of the property with planning permission in place for a two storey detached house.

Lutton Post Office

Cranford

It’s not very often you find a 17th century stone cottage with its own swimming pool but, hey presto, we’ve found one for you. There’s also a lovely kitchen with integrated Miele appliances, a massive inglenook fireplace and pretty oak beams throughout.

Cranford Swimming Pool

Astwell Castle, Helmdon

Here’s the big one: Fancy your own castle? Thought so. This castellated stone farmhouse in Helmdon, on the market for a cool £1.5 million (ok, so it is a bit over budget), is both Grade II listed and a Scheduled Ancient Monument set in a whopping 30 acres. It comes with stables, two flats and barns with planning consent for residential conversion for two dwellings. You’ll need quite deep pockets for this one, as there’s lots of work to be done.

Astwell Castle

Buckinghamshire

This Grade II-listed period cottage is country quaint in a neat 3-bedroom package. Tucked away in the petite hamlet of Westlington in Aylesbury, it’s a short walk from the village green and has more original features than you can shake a chintzy floral print at.

Buckinghamshire property

Gloucestershire

Well, hello Cotswold stone! This Grade II Listed semi-detached in Stroud has some of the best views over the Painswick valley, not to mention three bedrooms, a cellar and cute courtyard garden.

Gloucestershire property

Oxfordshire

How sweet is Willow Cottage in Kirtlington? This three-bed, one-bath property has everything from a walled garden to exposed beams, and there’s even a log-burning stove with side bread oven on the ground floor (wouldn’t that be ideal in lockdown?).

Oxfordshire property

Cornwall

Always dreamt of a barn conversion on the coast? Snap up this 3-bed in the deep south of the county in Truro on the Roseland Peninsula for beams as far as the eye can see, an amazing rounded living room and a ten-minute drive to the beach.

Cornwall property

Cambridgeshire

Fancy an interiors project? You’ll be rubbing your hands with glee when you lay eyes on this three-bed, two-bath in Kimbolton. There are plenty of gorgeous original features you won’t want to touch, but we’d be ripping that bright purple carpet out of the bathroom ASAP.

Cambridgeshire property

Leicestershire

Holy five-bed Georgian mansion, Batman! This property is perfect for anyone needing space – there’s a whopping 3500 square feet of it in this Leicester house. You’ll find it right on the high street but there are plenty of gardens and mature trees to make you feel like you’re in your own world.

Leicestership property

Hampshire

This cute-as-a-button character cottage in Rownhams, Southampton dates back to the 1500s, but is in great nick thanks to being re-thatched in 2005. It’s a four-bed with great links to central Southampton and London – perfect if you want a slice of country life with a commute to the city.

Hampshire property

Kent

Holly House is a three/four-bed chapel conversion in Alkham village in Dover with a massive open-plan living room (which includes the original church nave), vaulted ceilings and church windows. Amen to that.

Kent property

Worcestershire

This neat five-bed detached house in Inkberrow is a great family base, thanks to the local amenities (a good school, post office, shop and pubs are on the doorstep) and oodles of space. We’re loving the cute shed in the garden, too.

Worcestershire property

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