For those looking for a career change or something to do during retirement, C&TH have the perfect properties with business potential, whether you dream of owning a cafe, or transforming the B&B scene, there is something for everyone…
1. The Old Rectory, Kent
The Old Rectory is stunning Grade II listed Georgian family house filled with buckets of period features and high ceilings throughout. With stunning hand-painted Chinoiserie wallpaper in the drawing room, you will be forgiven for thinking you stepped into a period film set. With plenty of space, including five bedrooms and a large kitchen, there is also a self-contained annexe on the ground floor. With an additional Coach house and planning permission to go along, this property is perfect for those looking to start a cosy country B&B. Available from Strutt & Parker for £1.999m.
2. Frithsden Vineyard, Hertfordshire
Thought vineyards were limited to warm environments across the globe? Then prepare to be surprised. This unique opportunity to own a very British vineyard is one wine lovers should grab. Situated in the foothills of the Chilterns, you could believe you were wandering around the South of France or Italy. Frithsden has a variety of grapes used including Solaris, Rondo and Phoenix, all specially developed in Europe to thrive in cooler climates. With a shop, tasting bar, processing area and preparation areas, everything you need to make the wine is right there. This is a wonderful commercial opportunity. Available through Knight Frank for £1.75m.
3. Kentlands, Sandwich Bay Kent
Kentlands is a wonderfully unique property that was built in 1920 using original Tudor materials from weavers cottages and barns. Situated within the private Sandwich Bay Estate overlooking the stunning Sandwich Bay, the property has been fully renovated but maintains its original period charm and character. Boasting eight bedrooms and a separate lodge this property has potential as a holiday let in the summer months. From Heinz heirs to Royalty, this property has seen some impressive characters walk through its doors, so who knows who may be next? Available through Strutt & Parker for £3m.
4. The Windmill, Rutland
For those looking for a unique property or those wanting to stand out from the crowd, this property is perfect. This Grade II listed windmill is tucked away in the Welland Valley and has stunning Southerly views. The windmill itself is connected to the main body of the house through a balcony, and remains a separate two-bedroom annexe. This unique property has buckets of potential as a fun family holiday let and is great opportunity for those looking for a new project or career change.Available through James Sellicks at OnTheMarket.com for £1.5m.
5. Villa Licia, Florence
Escape the British weather and head across the Channel to Italy and the delightful Florence where the sun always seems to shine. Villa Licia is a Renaissance villa situated near the Val di Pessa. There is a lot of history to the place, including its occupation as a convent before changing to agriculture. It comprises nine apartments, two independent houses, Olive groves, vineyards, three swimming pools and stunning gardens. Oh, and did we mention there is even a private chapel? With so much space, there is an ideal opportunity to let out many of the apartments and villas as holiday lets to tourists, and with three swimming pools, there is plenty to do. Available from Beauchamp Estates POA.
6. Moor Place Farm, Hampshire
Situated in the heart of the North Hampshire countryside, this Grade II listed property is the perfect country escape. Built over several periods, beginning as manor house, the house boasts medieval features with some timbers remaining today. With six bedrooms, three receptions rooms, swimming pool, tennis courts and extensive equestrian facilities this property is not for the light-hearted. A wonderful family home, this property also has abundant commercial opportunities through the letting of the equestrian facilities. There are ten stables, land and paddocks, as well as the all weather ménage, making for plenty of potential to rent. Available through Strutt & Parker for £3.5m.
7. Harpsden Court, Oxfordshire
With a wealth of history, charm and character this Grade II listed property reputedly dates back to 1204. Boasting thirteen bedrooms, five reception rooms, walled kitchen garden, formal lawns, orchard and its very own music room, we are sure you will be able to squeeze the family in. Featuring mostly Elizabethan and Medieval architecture, there is also a wonderful blend of Regency thrown in there too. Having been used in film and TV productions previously, there is the opportunity to continue this venture. Who knows, you may even meet wet-shirt-clad Mr. Darcy himself – there is a pond after all. With enough history to fill a volume of books, this is wonderful opportunity to own a period property and experience the glamour of film and TV. Available through Savills for £5.95m.
8. Buckingham House, Portsmouth
This incredibly historic property has a pretty colourful history to match. From murder to politics and everything in between this former Inn has seen it all. The property has six bedrooms but has the ability to be run as a successful B&B, with two car parking and High Street parking. Five of the bedrooms have en-suites, there is a grand entrance hall, a spacious kitchen with prepping area and a private garden ideal for entertaining friends. This cosy Inn would make the perfect country escape and B&B, with its lovely exposed beam timbers and period features. Available through Morris Dibben for £1.5m.
9. Puddledock Lane, Kent
Originally three workers cottages, the property dates back to around the 16th and 15th centuries and is tucked away in a rural hamlet near Brasted village in Kent. The extended property is a wonderful family home with five bedrooms, large family kitchen and breakfast room, sauna and landscaped gardens. This property has the potential to become a holiday let or B&B, and with the additional detached annexe, there is plenty of space for commercial development. Available through Jackson-Stops & Staff for £1.4m.
10. Manaccan, Truro
Always wanted to run your own cosy and rural café and restaurant? Then look no further. This wonderful three-bedroom property is currently running as a picturesque café in the daytime and restaurant in the evening. There is the potential to split the property into two houses or apartments, allowing for more commercial opportunity, whether holiday lets or B&B. The large kitchen is well equipped with everything you could want and filled with state-of-the-art appliances. This lovely property is perfect for those looking to escape the city for the quiet of the country and is a wonderful opportunity. Available through Country & Waterside for £600,000.