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Properties of the week: pretty cottages under £500,000

Featuring thatch roofing, exposed beams and bee-friendly flowerbeds

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Gloucestershire: £485,000

Cherrytree Cottage, Longridge, Sheepscombe, Stroud

Cherrytree Cottage, Longridge, Sheepscombe, Stroud

This delightful semi-detached Cotswold stone cottage sits in an elevated position that offers spectacular views of the Painswick Valley. Located in the delightful village of Sheepscombe, which boasts a primary school, church, village hall and cricket club, the property has a secluded walled garden with a seating area that overlooks the valley below. 3 beds, family bath, kitchen/breakfast room, recep, walled garden, storage shed. 

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Wiltshire: £395,000

Sunnyside Cottage, Winterbourne Dauntsey

Sunnyside Cottage, Winterbourne Dauntsey

A classic thatched English country cottage with exposed wall and ceiling beams, built principally of cob and dating back to the 17th century. An attractive garden includes established trees, shrubs and flowering plants with a workshop and a decked area sheltered by a pergola. 2/3 beds, family bath, kitchen, 2/3 receps, parking. 

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Argyll and Bute: OIEO £300,000

Cullipool Village, Oban

Cullipool Village, Oban

This former slate worker’s cottage is situated on the picturesque Island of Luing, from which slate was quarried and sent across the world. The cottage nestles in the heart of the conservation village of Cullipool and enjoys views across “the pond” to Scarba and the surrounding countryside. 4 beds, 2 shower rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, recep. 

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Isle of Wight: £425,000

Undermount Lodge, Bonchurch

Undermount Lodge, Bonchurch

A characterful Grade II cottage built in 1857 by Sir John Pringle. The estate is approached by a tunnel cut through sheer rock, which was built to allow Queen Victoria to visit privately (she never did). The triple aspect sitting room has leaded windows over­looking Bonchurch Village. Main suite, 1 further bed, shower room, kitchen/dining room, recep, utility. 

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Northamptonshire: £460,000

Beautiful cottage

Sage Green, Polebrook

A pretty Grade II stone and thatched cottage. Period features include an inglenook, latched doors and exposed beams. Main suite, 1 further bed, family bath, kitchen/breakfast room, 2 receps, landscaped garden. 

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Norfolk: £365,000

May Cottage, Bergh Apton, Norwich

May Cottage, Bergh Apton, Norwich

A charming “chocolate box” Grade II cottage believed to date back to the 17th century. Situated in a conservation area ten miles from Norwich, it has a plot of one-third of an acre with gardens running down a brook of the River Chet. 3 beds, family bath, kitchen/breakfast room, recep, parking. 

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Essex: £395,000

South Acre Cottage, Great Chesterford

South Acre Cottage, Great Chesterford

An attractive double-fronted period cottage situated on the high street. The thatch has recently been re-ridged and overhauled, and the property contains many of the features associated with a building of this age, with exposed timbers and period fireplaces. 2 beds, family bath, kitchen/breakfast room, 2 receps, garden, brick utility/store. 

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Somerset: £450,000

White Willow Gardens, Taunton

White Willow Gardens, Taunton

A striking Arts & Crafts property dating back to 1872, which has been cleverly restored and converted into three substantial “townhouse-style” cottages. The property was listed in 1975 on account of four painted glass roundels, probably by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. 4 beds (three en suite), open-plan kitchen/dining/recep, study, utility, enclosed garden. 

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Dorset: £385,000

Autumn Cottage, Shroton, Blandford Forum

Autumn Cottage, Shroton, Blandford Forum

A pretty period cottage full of charm and character. The sitting room has an open fire and a vaulted ceiling, and the dining room features the property’s original wooden floors. The garden enjoys plenty of bee-friendly flowerbeds, a sunny patio and seating area. 2 double beds, family bath, kitchen, 3 receps, garden, parking, 2 sheds. 

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