House swap: what does £800k get you?
Considering a move or just need a bit of escapism from the same four walls? We've popped £800k in the fantasy property pot, but what does that buy you across the Muddy counties.
Well hello, West Country house of dreams. Calverleigh Mill is a 5-bed Grade II listed former mill house dates dating back to the mid 17th century. Set in 3.75 acres, it’s in the pretty hamlet of Lurley nr Tiverton and has oodles of character – exposed beams, inglenook fireplace, and the mill’s cogs and turnings can still be appreciated behind an impressive viewing screen.
When you’re living in the Queen’s ‘hood, homes don’t come cheap but they are grand. This three-bedroom ground-floor apartment in the converted convent of St John The Baptist is an absolute beaut, combining open-plan living with stonking Gothic period features. At a stretch, you could also claim you slept under the same roof as 007. Daniel Craig rented this gaff while filming the Quantum of Solace.
The village of Chadlington where the lanes are paved with gold… OK, not quite but we’re a stone’s throw from Chipping Norton and this place is heaving with celebs (Jeremy Clarkson, David Cameron, Alex James, Tom Hollander, Sir Ben Kingsley). Rose Cottage is believed to originate from the mid-18th century and boasts a three bedrooms, three reception rooms, an inglenook fireplace, and exposed beams.
Not a little house of horror but the imposing grandeur of Upwey Manor – a 9-bedroom, Grade II-listed Jacobean property near Weymouth. If you fancy playing lady of the manor then the sweeping drive, stone mullion windows, wood panelling, 30ft sitting room and stunning gardens with maze, should tickle your fancy.
The best of both worlds, this 7 bedroom farmhouse is surrounded by countryside and Southwold on the Suffolk coast is 20 mins away. It’s a bit of a project as the house is split into two holiday lets. But has bags of potential – a seemingly endless garden, long private drive, woodland and pond.
New builds are great for low maintenance living, but the gardens are usually teeny weeny. Not in this case. Crack the whip and head oop north to the hamlet of Ashwell in Rutland, because this modern 6-bedder comes with 10 acres of paddocks, all-weather manege and stable block. Rural but not isolated, the market town of Oakham is three miles away and you can commute into London in 45 mins.
Godalming is a catnip commuter town – a town bursting at the seams with cafes, bars and indie shops, surrounded by great schools and it’s a one hour train chug into London. If you fancy something a bit different, how about an eco party house. OK, so it’s great for families too, but the open plan living, bi-folding walls and retracting ceilings make the most of the space whatever the weather.
If the dream is a riverfront home with a place to park your boat, then this townhouse in Marlow, a smidge under £800k, might catch your eye. It’s not the prettiest or biggest property, but this one’s all about location, location, location, laydee. What bang do you get for your buck? A three-storey, riverside townhouse with three double bedrooms, 27ft mooring, southerly views and more Michelin star eateries than you can shake a gilded fork at.
Ooh, a cottage so perfect it could star in a Richard Curtis rom-com. Brook Cottage is in the village of Comberton ( just 6 miles outside Cambridge) and has good schools, a pub, butchers, shop and post office. So ticks a lot of boxes for families. The garden is to die for and if the three beds and four receotion rooms don’t give enough spacec, there’s potential to extend.
Wake up to the sound of the ocean and always be within staggering distance of a decent fish and chip shop. It’s important. This brand new apartment complex in Worthing is about as close to the sea as you can get without getting wet. Expect cool, contemporary living, glass walls, use of state of the art gym and infinity pool, plus large balconies and high spec interiors. All this doesn’t come cheap – £800k will get you a two-bed home.
Always dreamed of a quintessential townhouse? This three bed home, close to Cheltenham centre, is just the ticket and oozes elegance across its three floors (oh hello, ceiling rose!). Versatility is a buzzword here with two sitting rooms, a drawing room, sun room, office and media room that can be used as a fourth bedroom. Townhouses often scrimp on outside space, but here you’re getting a decent garden with roses, lavender and fruit trees, as well as an outbuilding.
You know what they say about big barns? Loads of space for an extra converted property, duh! The Old Granary is a four bed period family home in Inkberrow (the village that inspired BBC4’s The Archers), with an adjoining listed barn that already has planning permission to be turned into an adjoining two story dwelling. Lovely rural location to too boot (with all the village perks – post office, pubs, doctors, shop, sports club), plus the house backs onto lush woodland.
For a two bed flat, this baby isn’t cheap but OMG it has the wow factor. Occupying the penthouse suite of Grade II St Thomas Church, the space is open plan with heavenly high vaulted ceilings and dual aspect rooftop views across Winchester. All the mod cons come with the space including underfloor heating on both levels, integrated sound system and remote controlled lighting. Nice!
This three-bed Victorian townhouse, in St Albans, is a bit of a tardis and is set across three floors. Headline features include a gorgeous shaker-style kitchen/breakfast room with bi-fold doors that overlook the garden. Location, location, location all the way – it’s next door to Verulamium Park, minutes from the St Albans centre and just one mile from the train station.