From a thatched stone cottage in Northamptonshire, to a Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse in Rugby, eight of the best houses for around £500,000 on the market right now.
The Elms, Gedney Broadgate, Spalding, Lincolnshire. A 1720s, Grade II-listed Georgian farmhouse that has been extended to include a bespoke kitchen. It retains its original marble fireplace and oak spiral staircase. 3 beds, 2 baths, 2 receps, three barns, gardens, small orchard, 0.7 acres. £500,000+ Fine & Country 01780-750200.
Hillmorton Road, Rugby, Warwickshire. A Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse close to Rugby school and just a few minutes' walk from Rugby train station. The house retains its sash windows and open fireplaces and has been updated to include a modern extension at the rear. The extension opens onto the garden and includes a contemporary kitchen and an orangery with a vaulted glass ceiling. 5 beds, bath, 2 receps, cellar, parking. £500,000+ Fine & Country 01788-820062.
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Old Town, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. A modernised Victorian semi-detached house in the centre of the old town in Stevenage. There is a contemporary extension to the rear of the property, which leads onto a large, landscaped rear garden. The house has a contemporary interior with an open-plan ground floor with a modern fitted kitchen. 3 beds, bath, 2 receps, parking. £495,000 Putterills 01438-316846.
Higher Roskorwell Cottage, Roskorwell, Porthallow, The Lizard, Cornwall. An 18th-century Cornish stone cottage on the cliffs above a fishing village in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has wood ceilings, an inglenook fireplace with a wood-burning stove, a country kitchen with an oil-fired Rayburn and a therapy room in the garden with a shower and kitchenette. 3 beds, 2 baths, recep. £500,000 Savills 01872-243200.
East Cottage, Long Compton, Warwickshire. A Grade II-listed, 18th-century, mid-terraced thatched cottage with large gardens. It retains its original beamed ceilings and flagstone floors and has a large inglenook fireplace. 3 beds, bath, recep, dining kitchen. £475,000 Hayman-Joyce 01608-651188.
Christmas Cottage, Bulwick, Northamptonshire. A thatched stone cottage dating from the early 1700s with later additions on the edge of a village. It overlooks open countryside and has exposed ceiling beams and an inglenook fireplace. 4 beds, 2 baths, recep, study, gardens, 0.2 acres. £535,000 Norton Rickett 01780-782999.
Bramble Cottage, Stibb Green, Burbage, Marlborough. An end of terrace, thatched cottage on the northern edge of the village close to Savernake Forest and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It dates from 1792 and has a later extension. It has exposed brickwork, an open fireplace with a wood-burning stove, a small front garden and a larger, enclosed rear garden. 3 beds, bath, 2 receps, breakfast kitchen, garage, parking. £485,000 Carter Jonas 01672-514916.
Allfarthing Lane, London, SW18. A ground-floor garden flat in a Victorian terraced house close to Wandsworth Common. The flat has wood floors, an open-plan living and dining area with a modern fitted kitchen and French doors leading onto a private, south-facing garden. It comes with access to a shared cellar. Bed, bath, open-plan kitchen/living/dining area. £495,000 Savills 020-8877 1222.
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