Ever dreamed of moving to the country? We’re rounding up the best cosy country cottages of the week. From chocolate box thatched cottages, to the ultimate commuter escapes, we have a little something for everyone.
We’ve spanned the countryside to uncover the daintiest retreats – from Wiltshire to Cotswolds, these hidden gems look like homes perfect for opening a bottle of wine in and snuggling up by the fire.
Here are 10 of the best…
1. Draycot Cottage, Oxfordshire
This four-bed cottage is charming and picture perfect with its thatched roof, period features and lovely gardens. With spacious interiors, three reception rooms and two loft rooms, this would make a great home for a family. The outside space measures just under an acre, and has the added bonus of a gravel drive. The interiors are simple and elegant. Available through Hamptons International for £1.399m.
2. Manor Farm Cottages, Gloucestershire
Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty sits this grade II listed home. With two bedrooms, underfloor heating and an acre in land, this is the perfect home for commuters looking to enjoy the slower pace of country life. This could also make a lovely second home for city dwellers looking for a weekend escape. Available through Butler Sherborn for £510,000.
3. Vicarage Cottage, Cotswolds
Cotswold stone cottages don’t get much sweeter than this grade II listed three-bed cottage. The interiors include many original features with scope to add you own interior design flair. This cottage dates back to the 16th century, and is made from traditional Cotswold stone with a tilted roof. Available through Knight Frank for £450,000.
4. Fairview, Oxfordshire
Fairview is a beautiful Grade II Listed cottage recently renovated and modernised, yet still full of character and charm. Dating back to the 17th century original beams and fireplaces add a historic charm to the modernised interiors. You’ll experience some impressive far-reaching views of the surrounding countryside at this cottage (hence the name…). Fairview is situated in the pretty downland village of West Challow on the edge of the Berkshire Downs in the Vale of the White Horse. Available through Strutt & Parker for £675,000.
5. Barn Cottage, Wiltshire
This private and secluded country cottage would make a wonderful home for growing families. With a great location for London commuters and fans of Cornwall alike, you can have the best of both worlds at Barn Cottage. The interiors are lovely and cosy. Plus there’s the added bonus of a swimming pool, and five acres of land. Available through Carter Jonas for £850,000.
6. Elm Cottage, Gloucestershire
A Grade II listed Cotswold stone cottage with three bedrooms, an Aga and a pretty garden would make the perfect home for anyone looking to downsize, or embrace country life. Elm cottage is set within a sweet and quintessentially Cotswold village. The interiors are simple, and great for anyone looking for a project. Available through Knight Frank for £595,000.
7. April Cottage, Axminster
April Cottage is a cosy and cute 2-bed cottage in Membury, a village within the Blackdown Hills are of outstanding natural beauty. The interiors could do with a little updating, but the outdoor space is gorgeous. Available through Humberts for £385,000.
8. Cottage in Guildford
This cottage dates back to the 15th century. Grade II listed, with beautiful gardens and cosy interiors; this would make a lovely family home. Available through Foxtons for £875,000.
If you are looking for picturesque views and elegant interiors, this cottage is perfect. The kitchen is complete with an Aga and lovely conservatory. With five bedrooms, two bathrooms and four reception rooms there’s plenty of living space. And you can commute to London within the hour. Available through Knight Frank for £1.65m.
10. The Pink Geranium, Cambridgeshire
The Pink Geranium was built in the 17th century, and was once a restaurant (in fact, the favourite among Prince Charles) until being converted into a residential property in 2012. With four bedrooms, three reception rooms and a lovely enclosed garden this home has been finished to the highest standards, while keeping with the cottage feel. Available through Tucker Gardner for £1.3m.